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The touch_wood Torchwood Fake Facts Challenge
by yer actual pterodactyl (porlock)
at January 13th, 2008 (08:02 pm)

This is a concept very close to your mod's hearts. It's history is long, and involves a lot of booze. Nonetheless, to celebrate the start of Series 2 (and the news that Monkeyfists Chibnall may well Back The Hell Off after this series), we bring you Torchwood Fake Facts.


Gareth David Lloyd is named after his father, Wayne Evans.

Burn Gorman was created by a process of injection-moulding, using melted down Autons. When not being used for filming, the model is left at Cardiff Bay to greet anyone visiting the Torchwood landmarks.

Due to budget constraints, it was not possible to construct a prosthetic hand for Jack to keep in a jar. Instead, David Tennant was called in and asked to hide under the desk, with his own hand poking through a hole in the top. If you look careful in particular scene, you can catch glimpses of his hair, unable to be restricted by the heavy wood of the desk.

Just as Doctor Who films a lot of it's location footage in Cardiff and pretends it's London, Torchwood's exterior shots are actually shot in Ashby-de-la-Zouche, masquerading as the Welsh capital.

Every week during filming, the crew draw straws. Whoever gets the short straw has to be Burn Gorman's fluffer for the week.

Eve Myles is a Grand Master at Ludo.

We all know the Torchwood tagline, 'The 21st century is when everything changes, and you gotta ready', but what exactly does that refer to? 'As Jack's a Time Agent, obviously he's seen the Earth's future', says the imacculately coiffured Barrowman,'and he knows that in around 2011, there will be an interesting new change in the wording of the policies for caravan insurance. It's gonna cause a huge-shake up, and you're gonna need someone like Jack around to keep it all from exploding'. Yikes!


Feel free to add your own, about cast, crew or plot-based. Just remember - the sillier, the better.

Comments

Posted by: Little Miss Gemmakins (gem_pinkeh)
Posted at: January 13th, 2008 08:29 pm (UTC)

Eve Myles' diet basically consists of red wine and mashed potato. She likes to colour the potato with the wine because it makes "pretty pink swirly patterns"
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Posted by: yer actual pterodactyl (porlock)
Posted at: January 13th, 2008 08:34 pm (UTC)

Fabulous work. I may well add all of these to the user info in the end.

Posted by: Little Miss Gemmakins (gem_pinkeh)
Posted at: January 13th, 2008 08:43 pm (UTC)

Posted by: yer actual pterodactyl (porlock)
Posted at: January 13th, 2008 08:46 pm (UTC)

Posted by: eleanor (eleanorb)
Posted at: January 13th, 2008 08:57 pm (UTC)
Blue Dean

John Barrowman has to be coaxed out of his trailer each morning with the promise of Marmite and warm slippers.

Burn Gorman is The Stig.

Edited at 2008-01-13 09:01 pm (UTC)

Posted by: lincolnimp (lincolnimp)
Posted at: January 15th, 2008 02:23 pm (UTC)

Burn Gorman is The Stig.
that one's so true! ^^

Posted by: yer actual pterodactyl (porlock)
Posted at: January 15th, 2008 02:32 pm (UTC)

Posted by: lincolnimp (lincolnimp)
Posted at: January 15th, 2008 02:38 pm (UTC)

Posted by: yer actual pterodactyl (porlock)
Posted at: January 15th, 2008 02:40 pm (UTC)

Posted by: lincolnimp (lincolnimp)
Posted at: January 15th, 2008 02:49 pm (UTC)

Posted by: yer actual pterodactyl (porlock)
Posted at: January 15th, 2008 02:51 pm (UTC)

Posted by: lincolnimp (lincolnimp)
Posted at: January 15th, 2008 03:02 pm (UTC)

Posted by: yer actual pterodactyl (porlock)
Posted at: January 15th, 2008 03:09 pm (UTC)

Posted by: lincolnimp (lincolnimp)
Posted at: January 15th, 2008 03:15 pm (UTC)

Posted by: DarthHelloKitty (darthhellokitty)
Posted at: January 15th, 2008 05:55 pm (UTC)

Posted by: lincolnimp (lincolnimp)
Posted at: January 15th, 2008 06:31 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Kim (teh_kimeye)
Posted at: January 15th, 2008 02:02 pm (UTC)
Newbie posting! :-P

PC Andy is Pavarotti's identical twin brother.

John Barrowman really hates oranges due to a traumatic childhood incident involving Bonnie Langford.

Several of the production team are secretly clowns in real life. Three of them are wizards.

Myfanwy is not a pterodactyl. She is actually several hamsters duct-taped together.

Edited at 2008-01-15 02:05 pm (UTC)

Posted by: yer actual pterodactyl (porlock)
Posted at: January 15th, 2008 02:06 pm (UTC)

Beautiful.

Posted by: Kim (teh_kimeye)
Posted at: January 15th, 2008 02:07 pm (UTC)

Posted by: yer actual pterodactyl (porlock)
Posted at: January 15th, 2008 02:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Newbie posting! :-P

Posted by: Kim (teh_kimeye)
Posted at: January 15th, 2008 02:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Newbie posting! :-P

Posted by: Little Miss Gemmakins (gem_pinkeh)
Posted at: January 15th, 2008 02:07 pm (UTC)

Irn bru is secretly the filtered urine of Russell T Davies

Posted by: Jade -"A Caffeine Addicted Author..." (jadekirk)
Posted at: January 15th, 2008 02:34 pm (UTC)
Jack Harknessx2 kiss

ROFL! If that's what Irn Bru is, then lemonade must be John Barrowman's drool.

Posted by: Little Miss Gemmakins (gem_pinkeh)
Posted at: January 15th, 2008 02:38 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Jade -"A Caffeine Addicted Author..." (jadekirk)
Posted at: January 15th, 2008 02:45 pm (UTC)

Posted by: GRITS in Misery (gritsinmisery)
Posted at: January 15th, 2008 02:39 pm (UTC)
Ianto

During the filming of 1x04, John Barrowman and Burn Gorman each surreptitiously dumped a case of vodka in the water tower pool. The wrap party had to be broken up by Cardiff's finest...

Posted by: Jade -"A Caffeine Addicted Author..." (jadekirk)
Posted at: January 15th, 2008 02:47 pm (UTC)
Fall Over

Did anyone film the events at the wrap party?

Posted by: GRITS in Misery (gritsinmisery)
Posted at: January 15th, 2008 04:45 pm (UTC)

Posted by: waitin' round the bend (ir0nically_no)
Posted at: January 15th, 2008 02:52 pm (UTC)
misc: thinly veiled contempt

You Guys! The "journalists" at The Sun are supposed to do this kind of work themselves. Would you let them actually earn their money please?

Posted by: yer actual pterodactyl (porlock)
Posted at: January 15th, 2008 03:01 pm (UTC)

Pfft. Our sources are far more credible then any of theirs...

Posted by: Jade -"A Caffeine Addicted Author..." (jadekirk)
Posted at: January 15th, 2008 03:00 pm (UTC)
Fall Over

There's a scene in which Jack and Ianto are forced to wrestle in a pit filled with jello for the aliens' amusement.

Posted by: yer actual pterodactyl (porlock)
Posted at: January 15th, 2008 03:07 pm (UTC)

Pettyness disguised as Britpicking: Jelly.

Otherwise, carry on...

Posted by: Jade -"A Caffeine Addicted Author..." (jadekirk)
Posted at: January 15th, 2008 03:13 pm (UTC)

Posted by: yer actual pterodactyl (porlock)
Posted at: January 15th, 2008 03:16 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Jade -"A Caffeine Addicted Author..." (jadekirk)
Posted at: January 15th, 2008 03:21 pm (UTC)

Posted by: yer actual pterodactyl (porlock)
Posted at: January 15th, 2008 03:30 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Patricia (lafemmedarla)
Posted at: January 15th, 2008 03:41 pm (UTC)

Posted by: The Katie (katie__pillar)
Posted at: January 15th, 2008 04:15 pm (UTC)
Two Pints

Myfanwy is played by down on his luck actor Sir Quentin Fotherington-Smythe, who was once the toast of the Shakespeare circuit.

Posted by: Flamegon (flamegon)
Posted at: January 15th, 2008 05:45 pm (UTC)

John Barrowman plays Jack, Ianto, Gwen Tosh and Owen and even all the guest characters too.

Posted by: DarthHelloKitty (darthhellokitty)
Posted at: January 15th, 2008 05:58 pm (UTC)
Calvin Pimpin'

Torchwood's Weevils are all played by trained pug dogs. They cost less than actors, but you have to clean the costumes more often.

Posted by: rhydwen (rhydwen)
Posted at: January 15th, 2008 06:17 pm (UTC)

It never actually rains in Cardiff, so for ever scene in the rain the crew are forced to use fake rain.

Posted by: aiffo (aiffo)
Posted at: January 15th, 2008 07:59 pm (UTC)

John Barrowman is actually Jack Harkness's alter-ego, which awakens at every full moon. He has to be caged whenever in Barrowman-form, as his energy is so powerful that he will attempt to appear on every chat and panel show in sight, destroying all with his power.

Posted by: txteva (txteva)
Posted at: January 16th, 2008 12:16 am (UTC)

I just choked on chocolate after the hand one.

Gareth David Lloyd doesn't actually drink coffee. The caffeine in it makes him so hyper he's been banned from drinking it on set.
However he also makes really bad coffee, so all the coffee in the show is in fact tea.



Posted by: ಠ_ಠ (drho)
Posted at: January 16th, 2008 02:45 am (UTC)
10 & Jack

It's considered unlucky to refer to 'Barrowman' directly. Instead, they call him the Scottish gay.

Posted by: Ilyse Rose (ilysespieces)
Posted at: January 16th, 2008 04:21 am (UTC)
dia-beetus

hahah! that took me so long to get, but now i can't stop lolling.

Posted by: ಠ_ಠ (drho)
Posted at: January 16th, 2008 04:54 am (UTC)

Posted by: Ilyse Rose (ilysespieces)
Posted at: January 16th, 2008 05:03 am (UTC)

Posted by: ಠ_ಠ (drho)
Posted at: January 16th, 2008 05:16 am (UTC)

Posted by: Ilyse Rose (ilysespieces)
Posted at: January 16th, 2008 05:31 am (UTC)

Posted by: yer actual pterodactyl (porlock)
Posted at: January 16th, 2008 09:08 am (UTC)

Posted by: ಠ_ಠ (drho)
Posted at: January 16th, 2008 02:26 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Patti (slash_kitten)
Posted at: June 29th, 2009 08:01 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Jill (meatball42)
Posted at: August 4th, 2012 02:55 am (UTC)

Posted by: Ilyse Rose (ilysespieces)
Posted at: January 16th, 2008 04:20 am (UTC)
tl;dr

The character of Gwen was originally played by Nicole Kidman. During a quite moment during the filming of 1x03 a grip turned to a boom operator and said "Isn't she Australian?"
That halted production for 3 weeks and Cattle Calls were held all over to find an actress who was actually Welsh.
And instead of reshooting episodes 1x01 and 1x02 (and most of 1x03), they just digitally put Eve Myles' head on Nicole Kidman's body, which is why halfway through 1x03 Eve Myles shrinks about 3 inches.

Posted by: suchstrangeways (suchstrangeways)
Posted at: January 16th, 2008 04:53 am (UTC)
Self Love

Fact: Burn Gorman's first name is really 'Fire', but he changed it because it made his acting profile sound more tough.

Fact: Torchwood actually has a spin-off as well called Nevermind The Buzzcocks in which the team leader, Simon Amstell, and the rest of his team, which varies every episode due to the continuity issues, battle the most strongest and dangerous aliens of all time in the 21st century: pop-culture.

Fact: Oscar Wilde actually came up with Torchwood's tag line over a hundred years ago. RTD simply altered it. "The only thing more tedious than everything changing in the 21st century is nothing changing at all."

Fact: The phrase 'Torchwooding' is now a common term that can mean several things. Some of the more used terms are 'Torchwooding' in the sense of beating someone up. (ie: "They totally just started torchwooding on him. I was going to call the police but I didn't want to get shot.") Also can be used to describe someone acting extremely dramatic or walking in slow motion for long periods of time. (ie: "My gran and I were crossing the street but she was torchwooding, so I decided to leave her halfway down the block.")

Fact: Barrowmansexualism was a practice that was started in early 2005 when people finally realized that The Doctor actually had a sexuality to him.

Posted by: ಠ_ಠ (drho)
Posted at: January 16th, 2008 04:57 am (UTC)

ROTFLMAO!!!

Posted by: Ilyse Rose (ilysespieces)
Posted at: January 16th, 2008 05:08 am (UTC)
another one
packing a musket

The new recurring monster/alien in Season 2 of Torchwood is The Flying Spaghetti Monster.




He's one bad-ass motherfucker.

Posted by: Give me a good, solid wool (estarcollector)
Posted at: January 16th, 2008 06:54 am (UTC)
Nicolas Cage from Houseoficons

In a top-secret season finale--with the tapes kept hidden under the Crown Jewels because of the storyline's controversy--Jack will reveal that Ianto has impregnated him with triplets. They name them Owen, Tosh, and Newcastle-on-Tyne.

The story arc for season three will center around the revelation that at least one of the triplets is currently a Torchwood Three employee, and Jack is searching for the missing child/children. Oh, and Myfanwy is a paradox machine.

Posted by: lizz_112 (lizz_112)
Posted at: January 16th, 2008 07:42 am (UTC)

Hm, I must become a member of this place, I haven't stopped laughing since the beginning of the post.

I'm trying to think of a 'fact' to do with the ol' fight club's first rule: You don't talk about fight club. But my mind is laughing too much to finish it... someone else perhaps?

*off to click "Join community"*

:)

Posted by: David Brider (davidbrider)
Posted at: January 16th, 2008 10:16 am (UTC)

The first rule of Torchwood is: you do not talk about Torchwood. We are a TOP SECRET organisation.

The second rule of Torchwood is: everyone knows about us anyway, so what the heck? Top secret my arse.

David.

Posted by: lizz_112 (lizz_112)
Posted at: January 16th, 2008 11:00 am (UTC)

Posted by: whyawhelk (tencrush)
Posted at: January 16th, 2008 10:59 am (UTC)
jackanto

The filming schedule of the second series had to be carefully planned around Eve Myles' other job at the Royal Mint, where the gap in her teeth is used to precisely measure the thickness of 50p coins.

Gareth David-Lloyd isn't actually Welsh. His name and accent are actually down to one of those Equity things actors are always going on about.

The tagline "The 21st century is when everything changes" is actually referring to the planned re-release of the single "Everything Changes" by Take That in 2009.

Posted by: yer actual pterodactyl (porlock)
Posted at: January 16th, 2008 11:02 am (UTC)

The tagline "The 21st century is when everything changes" is actually referring to the planned re-release of the single "Everything Changes" by Take That in 2009.

Only acceptable if it means Robbie has rejoined, though. Imagine...

Posted by: whyawhelk (tencrush)
Posted at: January 16th, 2008 11:09 am (UTC)

Posted by: yer actual pterodactyl (porlock)
Posted at: January 16th, 2008 11:18 am (UTC)

Posted by: whyawhelk (tencrush)
Posted at: January 16th, 2008 11:30 am (UTC)

Posted by: yer actual pterodactyl (porlock)
Posted at: January 16th, 2008 11:42 am (UTC)

Posted by: Little Miss Gemmakins (gem_pinkeh)
Posted at: January 20th, 2008 01:39 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Patricia (lafemmedarla)
Posted at: January 16th, 2008 12:22 pm (UTC)
tw. jack/martha/toshiko. ot3

* Burn gorman is the most beloved cast member, mostly because his pockets are always full of kit Kat bars.

* John Barrowman is not really that tall. He just happens to wear 3-inch heels all the time.

* James Marsters had to miss one day of shoting due to a cookie monster related incident. His scenes for the day were filmed with Myfanwy playing the part of Captain John. So far not even James himself can spot the difference.

* Naoko Mori's boobs are considered a national treasure.

Posted by: whisperthirst (whisperthirst)
Posted at: January 17th, 2008 03:39 am (UTC)

Spoiler Warning!!: In Series Two it will be revealed that the Weevils are secretly running a clothing store for janitors and mechanics in an evil ploy to control the bank accounts of all the world's custodians.

Posted by: { Contents under pressure. } (lilangelheather)
Posted at: January 30th, 2008 04:45 am (UTC)

The scene with Gwen and Owen hiding during the episode 'Cyberwoman' had to be refilmed twelve times, because Gareth simply could not stop pressing the button to send them down into the morgue.

The Gwen and Owen fling was started by a typo-- Owen was supposed to be talking to himself while masturbating.

John Barrowman's rainbow suspenders went mysteriously missing after Jack and Ianto pulled an all-nighter at the office. The scene was cut because of continuity issues, and quite frankly, everyone thought the suspenders were a bit too much.

The stopwatch does not actually work. The ticking sound is caused by a special effects man, standing just out of view of the camera.

The part of Ianto Jones was not created until John Barrowman tripped over the massive amount of junk littering the floor of the set and twisted his ankle. After almost drowning in pointless props, it was decided that a janitor was required. A drunken vote decided that said janitor had to wear a suit, and the Weevils-- originally highly intelligent lawyers from the planet Stroodel --found their costumes swapped.

Eve is really the tooth fairy of Christmas past and John is Rudolph the red-nosed Easter bunny.

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