On a Torchwood DVD

When people at work cleanse their cubicles of unwanted books, comics, DVDs, and other detritus, there’s a table in the employee breakroom where stuff is invariably piled high. It’s not uncommon to find magazines mixed with manga, comics mixed with catalogs. The table is nothing but a mess.

Sometimes there’s something interesting on the table.

Like Monday. I found the San Diego Comic-Con Torchwood screener DVD.

Don’t get excited. It’s actually quite unimpressive.

When I picked it up off the table, my immediate thought was that it would have a complete episode of Torchwood and/or Robin Hood.

Instead, what is has is six trailers and short scenes from six series coming (at least, as of July) to BBC America either as new series or with new seasons — Jekyll, Doctor Who, Torchwood, Life on Mars, Robin Hood, Afterlife. And then four trailers for upcoming DVD releases — Jekyll, Torchwood, Who, Life on Mars.

The audio synching is terrible. The Jeckyl clips are unwatchable due to the several second lag between image and sound.

As a hype machine, though? The DVD works. I’ve never seen Robin Hood, and I think I want to now. Who and Torchwood I know — and the trailers for those are cut extraordinarily well. (Except for the one shot of Abaddon in the Torchwood trailer — fuck, Abaddon looks so fake.) And though I’ve never seen Life on Mars, either, I think I’d get a real kick out of the trippy, phildickian mindfuck the trailer showed.

Yes, it’s a pointless little nick-nack, but now it’s my pointless little nick-nack. 😆

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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