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‘Doctor Who’ thing of the day: the cheek! Starz’ ‘Torchwood: Miracle Day’ trailer not available in the U.K.

Was this a deliberate snub to the nation that gave Torchwood to Starz? It’s hard to see how it could be an accidental oversight. See, there’s a brand-new trailer for Torchwood: “Miracle Day” that, unlike the teasers, features actual footage. But it is blocked if you try to watch it on YouTube from a non-U.S. IP address. In that case, you see this:

This video is posted on the official Starz YouTube channel. It was not uploaded in an unofficial way by a fan, who may have forgotten to make it viewable outside the U.S. In fact, I believe the default is for an uploaded video to be viewable everywhere. So Starz must be intentionally snubbing everyone outside the U.S., and in particular the U.K., where the fans are responsible for making the show a big enough hit to move it to Starz in the first place.

If you are in the U.S. (or have ways of pretending you are), this is what you see:

For those who can’t see it, some highlights. There’s guns:


There’s Gwen’s baby (with Rhys):

There’s Gwen’s baby (with a gun):

There is this explanation for what Torchwood is:

The Torchwood Institute investigates the unusual, the strange, and the the alien…

Which is like saying that NASA is about finding ways to dehydrate food for long trips.

No mention of the Doctor — or of any connection to that hit BBC America show Doctor Who — at all.

There’s mysterious nonsense dialogue:

These are the times that make men stride across the skin of the world…

Which I don’t even know what that means.

There’s no hint that Captain Jack Harkness is a sexually omnivorous dude from the 51st century with pheremones to die for. But there is the suggestion that he is a regular ol’ boring 21st-century horndog:

Maybe Starz doesn’t want British viewers to see this and despair about what we’re going to see come July…

(If you stumble across a cool Doctor Who thing, feel free to email me with a link.)

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