Sunday, October 29, 2006

The Doctor Spawned a Monster

I had intended to write a lengthy and insightful post about Doctor Who spin-off, Torchwood and how it could be used as conclusive proof that while talent borrows and genius steals, some people just make themselves look a bit silly by highlighting the fact they've choreyed* from something much better than their own work. But why bother - lets' just leave it at saying 'Torchwood' and 'Buffy/Angel' and then trying to imagine a sentence featuring the two phrases which doesn't feature the words 'is a poor man's imitation of' between the former and the latter.

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Blogger SAF said...

I should make some sort of blog comment on Torchwood at some point, but I wondered myself if it was worth the effort. Mayhap, I'll wait until a better episode comes along...

(Meanwhile trying to hide how much I'm champing at the bit to see BSG S3! :) )

11:18 pm  
Blogger alienvoord said...

you are of course entitled to your crazy opinions.

I haven't seen BSG, simply because I haven't got around to it, but I've been told I wouldn't like it because it's lacking the lightness and optimism that I like about DW.

4:13 pm  
Blogger TimeWarden said...

I think episode three of "Torchwood" is an improvement on the first couple of episodes. Still flawed but seemed sharper from the outset.

3:07 am  
Blogger Stuart Douglas said...

AV: "it's lacking the lightness and optimism that I like about DW"

That'll be the pre-89 version of Who presumably :) ?

BSG isn't light or optimistic though, it's fair to say.

9:37 pm  
Blogger SAF said...

Stuart: "BSG isn't light or optimistic though, it's fair to say."

True. Although I find I'm lighter and more optimistic about it than, say, New Who :)

11:31 pm  
Blogger alienvoord said...

No, I mean the new show. But you knew that!

12:17 am  
Blogger TimeWarden said...

Have you heard that Nigel Kneale's passed away (aged 84)?

2:30 am  
Blogger kenny said...

yes, you are very right - we talked about choreying things at school, ten years before Irvine Welsh. As used by Craigroyston Community High School students in - "gaun choreying doon the caravans?"

1:38 pm  
Blogger Scott Liddell said...

'chorey' seems to be derived from Hindi. I could bore you with an oh-so-interesting story about being in India and teaching a groups of Indians Scots slang only for one word to cause much hilarity...

8:51 pm  
Blogger alienvoord said...

Hindi chorii चोरी means "burglary" and also "closely".

Some online sources say that Scots "chorey" is from Romany "chorav" "to steal". Both the Romany and the Hindi words might be related, since both languages are in the Indo-Aryan family.

4:58 pm  
Blogger Scott Liddell said...

Yeah, that's what I meant to say ;-)

8:09 pm  

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