Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Torchwood: Miracle Day. Offending Daily Mail Readers, where-ever they may be.

(Originally posted on Nik Nak and Grub’s Who Peculiar, 10 August 2011 19:14:00)

Good …

Lord … !

Grub, correct me if I’m wrong, here, but it is the 21st century, isn’t it … ?

It IS, isn’t it … ?

You see, what’s got me is the fact that the BBC’s getting complaints about Torchwood: Miracle Day.

Seemingly … ?

Well, you remember, in last week’s third episode, Jack manages to blow off a bit of steam, by having a one-night-stand with a barman called Bradley.

The US version of the episode is a touch more explicit, I’m told.

But none the less, the scene’s generated complaints to the BBC.

Now I’m thinking that that’s just plain silly.

For starters … ?

For starters, if people hadn’t worked out that John Barrowman — bless his fluffy pink socks — is a happily out gay man, playing a famously bisexual character, lord knows where their eyeballs are.

Next up … ?

The SAME people obviously missed the fact that one of the show’s main writers — and indeed its creator — Russell T. Davies is not only gay, but famously wrote Queer as Folk: so shouldn’t be surprised at him throwing in something like it in what is primarily an adult oriented show, despite it having it’s origins in a show that’s aimed at a mixed age audience.

And THIRDLY … ?

I’ve got the funny felling the complaints may well have originated with people who’ve not been watching the show long term, or been paying attention to this one.

After all …

One of the characters in Torchwood: Miracle Day is a convicted pædophile.

And that in Children of Earth … ?

Captain Jack very heroically kills his own grandson.

Now, I’ll be frank, if I may … ?

I’m going to keep watching: I’m enjoying the show.

And I — whether I think a given scene shouldn’t or shouldn’t be in an episode — believe that Russell T Davies usually knows how to create both entertaining and challenging TV.

If you don’t like it, because of one scene … ?

Watch something else.

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