It’s been a long wait, but finally we know when the Doctor Who spin-off series Torchwood will begin. The first of thirteen episodes will be shown on digital channel BBC Three on Sunday 22 October, with a simultaneous showing on BBC One. The second episode will be on BBC Three only immediately afterwards, and then there will be one per week, again on BBC Three only. If you don’t have digital TV, you’ll be able to see the series on BBC One some time in 2007. Which is probably the best excuse yet for getting a Freeview box.
For those who have been asleep, or otherwise not paying attention, Torchwood stars John Barrowman, reprising his role as Captain Jack Harkness, who was a lot of fun in the 2005 series of Doctor Who. Torchwood is a secret organisation which deals with aliens and general weirdness. How it relates to the Torchwood HQ we saw at the end of this year’s Doctor Who series remains to be seen, but this branch, version, or whatever is based in Cardiff. Expect to see a lot of Cardiff Bay.
Like Doctor Who, Torchwood will be accompanied by plenty of material on the web. Quite apart from the official BBC site, there’s also the, err, real Torchwood site, which at the time of writing, isn’t saying much beyond denying that Torchwood exists. And as I always say you should never believe anything until it’s been officially denied, that confirms it. Or something.
Episode writers include series creator and general good chap Russell T Davies and the legendary creator of Sapphire and Steel, P J Hammond. It looks like it might be fun. I’ll be watching, and more than likely babbling about it here. Stay tuned, or something.
 Yay! Cardiff gets to be itself instead of pretending to be London!
 A distinctly odd early 80s series starring David McCallum and Joanna Lumley as the eponymous “time detectives” – beings from an unspecified place charged with sorting out disruptions in the fabric of time. Great stuff.