Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Whovian Wednesdays: Some Other Works by Davies and Moffat

Now that season six of Doctor Who is over and after the Christmas special, we won't get to see him flying around space and time in his TARDIS until 2012/2013, you're probably wondering what you should watch to tide yourself over. Here are two suggestions that just happen to be from former and current show runners, Russell T. Davies and Steven Moffat respectively. 

One of two Doctor Who spinoffs (the other is The Sarah Jane Adventures) created by Davies, Torchwood centers around Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) and his team and their daily battle against extraterrestrial and supernatural threats. Set in the Cardiff, Wales branch of the Torchwood Institutes (set up during season two of Doctor Who), Jack is the leader of the group that also includes,  Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles), Ianto Jones (Gareth David-Lloyd), Toshiko "Tosh" Sato (Naoko Mori), and Owen Harper (Burn Gorman). I like to call Torchwood "Doctor Who after dark" because not only is it a lot more violent, but there's also a lot more sexy times. Fun fact: Torchwood is an anagram of Doctor Who and was used as a way to disguise the preview tapes when they made the trip from Cardiff to London.

The Doctor isn't the only clever man Steven Moffat writes about. There's also Sherlock Holmes in this new adaptation. Instead of solving crimes in late 19th century London, Sherlock (Benedict Crumberbatch) is now solving them in modern day London with his sidekick Doctor Watson (Martin Freeman). The writing and acting is just so good that the most disappointing part is that only three episodes were made. I thought having to wait a year for new Doctor Who episodes would be tough, it'll be almost two years until new Sherlock episodes premiere and with such a cliffhanger ending in the third episode, I just want it to come back now.

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