Torchwood was so 1.0

Don’t get me wrong. I loved the recent series of Torchwood and watched every one of them avidly. I thought the writing was superb and the moral dilemmas raised were fascinating.

My issue was with the great Russell T Davies. I remember that one of the reasons given that Doctor Who didn’t make more of the geek following it attracted was that Davies didn’t like or “get” the web. This may of course have been apocryphal – but it may also be behind the biggest weakness for me of the final episode of Torchwood. When the army turned up in all those housing estates to collect the kids where were the mobile phones? Was no one texting? Did no one use Twitter?

One of the things I find reassuring about our increased connectivity and ability to spread messages very fast is that actions like those depicted in the drama are much more difficult to pull off than they have ever been before!

5 thoughts on “Torchwood was so 1.0”

  1. It’s struck me before but anything much more up to date than a phone call isn’t very likely to appear in popular culture. I can’t recall many songs about "emailing my baby" or even texting.When was the last time you watched a detective series and someone suggested Googling a missing person?"Okay..you go and interview the wife..I’ll Google him".TV, movies etc – even when they’re sci fi they have a certain nostalgia. It’s okay to imagine the future – and it’s okay to reflect the past – but the most up to the minute technology threatens to alienate people.I think a song about "tweeting my baby" might sound somewhat forced. Twitter in Dr Who?…I’d be thinking: "bandwagon jumpers". It would seem a little crow barred in.

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  2. You’d think…. but you almost never see texting in tv and movies. I guess phone calls are comparatively cinematic but watching the hero go..hang on. beep, beep, beep, beep …and send. Doesn’t happen.It’s not just Dr Who – I can’t recall the day ever being saved by a crucial text message.Even mobile phones…the chase to the airport to stop the loved-one leaving. It’s always a race to catch her at the gate…never a race to recharge the battery in time or find somewhere with a signal.Obviously that wouldn’t make such great telly ;o)But it is odd that something has to be around a while before it’s considered usable in TV.Mobiles are a common sight on TV but mostly used for calls – not for texting. Again I could imagine people in Eastenders texting but not so much in movies.As I said before..why don’t TV detectives ever Google? In fact, use of computers is nearly always limited to some bizarre looking software/operating system that never has the Apple/Microsoft look and feel that we’re all used to.

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  3. Thought the same myself. Irritated my wife no end moaning throughout "well, that couldn’t happen in a world of twitter" etc etcScary reality is that in a ‘crisis’ the Government could lock down ‘our’ networks rapidly and effectively. Mebbe the director cut that scene? At five episodes it was already a tad flabby, after all.Love watching Total Recall – made in the past, set in the future. A future of dodgy Delorean-esque JonnyCabs and videophones – set in the dash or nailed to a wall. No mobiles at all 🙂

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