Torchwood is a spinoff of BBC’s long running Dr. Who TV show. For the past three seasons (or “series” as the BBC calls seasons), it had been shown on BBC America in the U.S. Season 4 (Torchwood: Miracle Day), however, is only available in the U.S. on the Starz subscription cable channel. This means I’ll have to wait for it to released on DVD, iTunes or Netflix to see it. However, there is a motion comic that is a parallel story to Miracle Day available as an iPad app.
The prequel, Web of Lies, will play out as a 10 part series. The first motion comic episode (about 3.5 minutes long) is free. The other nine episodes will be available as in-app purchases (pricing information not provided on the app’s description page). The two main Torchwood characters (Captain Jack Harkness and Gwen Cooper are voiced by the actors in the TV show (John Barrowman and Eve Myles). A new character, Holly Mokri, is played by Eliza Dushku (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Tru Calling, Dollhouse). The app also includes mini-games that can be unlocked by watching (buying) episodes and puzzles at the end of episodes (there is one at the end of the first episode).
Surpringly, the app does not provide any social networking interaction with either the series itself or other fans. I was disappointed by the character artwork. The characters Eve and Holly look nothing like the actresses that play them. This will be especially disappointing for Torchwood fans since they’ve been watching Eve Myles as the character Gwen Cooper for three seasons.
Video courtesy of Starz