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Torchwood, is it suitable for a 14yo?

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GrimbleGrog Tue 07-May-13 16:16:21

He's Dr Who-mad and really wants to watch. He's a good boy and will follow my advice if I say no, in fact it was him who suggested I ask you lot!

ClaraOswald Tue 07-May-13 16:22:20

There is some quite graphic sex scenes in episode two,

what are you currently happy for him to watch? Game of Thrones?

DeepRedBetty Tue 07-May-13 16:24:30

Do you mean the episode where someone gets shagged to death Clara?

Still haven't put it in the way of dtds, who are 14. And who I'd rather didn't watch Game of Thrones.

Aethelfleda Tue 07-May-13 16:31:07

Er, really depends on emotional maturity to be honest.

Series one especially has a lot of casual sex and very explicit swearing, the set-up for Torchwood was basically post-watershed Doctor Who universe so it's intentionally racy (ooh look what we can do when it's past nine and the kiddies have gone to bed!)
RTD (the producer) also had a big thing for promiscuity and all-sexuality promotion: before I get flamed I'm not suggesting that it is wrong!: simply that his agenda is very overt and there is a great deal of casual hetero/homo/bi/polyamory for the sake of it which you may not feel comfortable showing to your DC at that age. If they are too young to have a full frank discussion with you about contraception/STIs/ sexual preferences/barebacking/orgasms then it may not yet be for them.

If unsure have you considered watching it yourself first? That's what I usually do with stuff for my DC. When they are big enough it's got some cracking stories.

ClaraOswald Tue 07-May-13 17:32:47

I was trying to be polite about it.


It's rude, but it's a 15 certificate not an 18, it's unlikely to do a normal 14 year old any harm - it's essentially adolescent in its sensibility.

Aethelfleda Tue 07-May-13 20:07:51

(When I say explicit, it's probably nothing he's not heard already at school. But the OP's question was "is it suitable", which was why I'd still plump for watch it yourself and see if it bothers you)

Startail Tue 07-May-13 20:19:59

DD had the box set for her 14 birthday, I fear she showed the sex monster one to her 11 yo sister because it was funny.

She won't let DD2 watch all of them she says some are rather dark and scary.

Mind you she has also read game of thrones and watches bits of it on Utube (no sky), she's miffed I refused to put the 18 cert DVDs on her Xmas list.

So I'm guessing it's just OK so long as you are open minded about all forms of sexuality and the hunger games don't give your DCs nightmares.

specialsubject Wed 08-May-13 18:14:42

...just don't waste 10 hours of your child's life or your own with 'Miracle Day'. One good idea, no real story, badly plotted, TERRIBLE acting (especially the American females, all looked the same and none of whom could speak clearly) and interspersed with gratutitous violence and some fairly full-on gay sex.

I stuck with it in the hope it would get better. It didn't.

PolkadotsAndMoonbeams Wed 08-May-13 19:32:43

I think that was possibly the worst series I have ever watched... I remember Aitch was on the thread, watching ahead and trying to be positive about it, and then just giving up grin

The early ones are good, but I would say 14 is a bit young. I think I watched Children of Earth when I was about 17/18 and was shocked at how graphic the violence and sex in some of the earlier ones were but then, I still don't know what barebacking is.

secretscwirrels Thu 09-May-13 19:26:30

DS2 watched it at 14. I agree there are scenes which are unsuitable but I had failed to vet it beforehand. It was the Miracle day one we watched first.
He does a wicked impression of Gwen.

marjproops Thu 09-May-13 20:19:33

please, this is my personal opinion and will prob be flamed as a 'square pious old nun' for this ! but torchwood was literally RTD up his own arse. literally.

it was 'oh Im RTD, Im gay, im gay, and love a hedonistic life,and im atheist,and i love to announce it every day, and Im so cool as i like to show all this and more in torchwood, how cool am I?'(andthis was someone else who said it first and i agreed)

and Im not anti-gay before I get flamed, i just found it completely over the top and an excuse for shagging/violence et al, and the 'stories' (apart from the cyberwoman one) were just there as fillers for all the rets of it. i hope DC whos a massive whovian like me, doesnt EVER watch it.

and ok adults may have liked it but i didnt think it was right to take a childrens/family show character and make a bit too adult viewing version of it knowing that the kiddies would want to watch 'captain jack'.

im sounding so Mary Whitehouse, i just personally thought it was wrong. and maybe sarah jane adventures was the complete opposite as it WAS for the the children, but that was something they could watch along with doctor who. and it wasnt too twee and 'cbeebies' IYKWIM.

OP is your child too 'cool' for SJA? cos that would be better? but as other posters have said it maybe depends on their level of maturity?

Children of Earth was good though Marj. And.........nah, that's it.

marjproops Thu 09-May-13 20:34:36

aintnobody i couldnt even begin to like that one either.

I mean the weevil things in TW were well scary, but that was about it!

i watched the whole lot and couldnt find anything to praise. and seriously Im biggest Whovian going!

MNHQ can we have a doctor who type emoticon please for this site?!

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