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The first episode is the only highlight.
on 3 January 2007
It could have been BRILLIANT. It could have had the spice and fervour of Farscape, with the realism and grit of the new Battlestar Galactica, and the themes explored by, say, Alistair Reynolds. Y'know, science fiction for ADULTS.
But what we ended up with was Doctor Who with sex references. Even WITH the sexual innuendo, the strong language and the occasional, but not frequent enough blood and guts, the show is anorexic, only remarkable because of its connection to a far better ratings winner on a different channel. Torchwood relies too much on the gimmick that it's an adult Doctor Who spin-off rather than the material held therein, which is flimsy to say the least.
Some of us don't see the words "adult entertainment" and immedetiately think of expletives and breasts. Don't get me wrong, they're obviously welcome elements, but without any actual maturity behind them, the whole package just comes off as all talk and no trousers. Those of us satisfied with Doctor Who's clunky but inspired, character-filled story telling wanted more MEAT to go with it, but we got "Meh" instead.