Wednesday, September 12, 2012


My daughter introduced me to another show she's grown to love. I might have heard it mentioned last year at Dragon*Con, but didn't pay attention. My daughter and her friend mentioned it a lot at this past Dragon*Con (well, they mentioned John Barrowman – shown in front in photo – a lot) that I had to ask what it was all about.
Seems like it's something I would like. They chase aliens. Or as the premise is listed on

The members of the Torchwood Institute, a secret organization founded by the British Crown, fight to protect the Earth from extraterrestrial and supernatural threats.

You see, I'm writing an alien story and I'm including a secret organization that tracks them (cause I have to have some kind of conflict for my hero, you know?). And no, I didn't copy Torchwood, because I didn't even know this show existed when I thought of it (so I'll just say – great minds think alike!).

Anywhooo… This series is a spin-off of Dr. Who. I have never watched that show, either, but my daughter assured me I didn't need to watch it to understand Torchwood (since she also watched Torchwood before she got hooked on Dr. Who).

So I watched the first two episodes last night. Yep, it hooked me enough to want to watch the rest of them. I can see my darling daughter grinning right now!

Have you ever watched this show? What do you think of it? What do you think of John Barrowman? Think I'll get addicted to him like my daughter and her friend have? I guess time will tell…




Maria Zannini said...

It's on our Netflix queue to watch.

Brit tv shows are hit or miss with me. As long as they enunciate I'm usually okay. :)

The thicker accents always keep me guessing.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Maria - You might not have a problem with this show. John Barrowman (Capt Jack Harkness on the show) is American and plays and American! accent. From him, anyway! You'll have to let me know what you think of it when you start watching.

Jennette Marie Powell said...

Heh... I also have written a book featuring a secret organization that fights aliens. Only mine is part of the US Marshalls, and takes place in 1905. Still, I might have to check this out!

LD Masterson said...

Doesn't it make you a little crazy when you're writing something and your idea/character/whatever pops up in a tv show, movie, or someone else's book?

Stacy McKitrick said...

Jennette - You should!

Linda - Yes, it does drive me crazy and has happened before. When I was watching Angel and Spike was a "ghost", it was shown he couldn't leave the building. I was writing my ghost book at the same time, and my ghosts could not pass a 1/4 mile range of where they died! I yelled at my daughter that I had thought of that before watching Angel, but WHO would believe me now???

The Review Chick said...

LOVE this show. Though I haven't watched Miracle Day yet... John Barrowman - would be my best friend if he only knew me! LOL

You should watch the new Dr Who starting with Eccleston when you finish Torchwood. I was skeptical about how much I would like it, but I was quickly addicted to Rose and the Doctor.

I often find things that are comparable to my writings after the fact. Mainly it's because I'm writing things that I enjoy reading and I guess GMTA! That's why I try to focus mainly on characters and their development. I guess it truly has "all been done before!"

Stacy McKitrick said...

Miranda - my daughter has already hinted that she'd like me to watch Dr. Who. Unfortunately, she doesn't have the series on DVD, or else she'd plug it harder!

The Review Chick said...

I know someone who may be able to help on that front. I don't have them but I believe that my cousin might. I actually watched them through Netflix. They have all the series on there. But let me know if yall are interested and I will ask Jean and we can bring them to steph at the next dig opportunity.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Miranda - Thanks for your generous offer, but seriously, with Torchwood and Supernatural (she's got me watching that, too, but she wants to watch it WITH me, so it's been slow) on the to be seen list, I'm pretty full DVD-wise! I'll let Steph know, though!

But if I know her (and I do), she'll probably request the series for Christmas!!! Ha ha!