I'm sure that Prince Charles is a busy guy. Doing something. Not entirely sure exactly what since I've never really understood the whole modern royal thing. Like they don't rule the country, they are just basically figureheads, right? But he's got too much on his plate to stop by Doctor Who for a cameo appearance. What could be a better way to spread national identity and pride (someone spent too much time on royal.gov) than appearing on an episode of a fantastically fun and wild time traveling sci-fi series? Appeal to the geeks of the world. Show them you've got a sense of humor. He's probably afraid they would make him play an alien or something (leaders on that show don't tend to fare too well). Is there an alien species that has good hearing? That could explain those ears. But the Prince declined. Who EP Russell T. Davies responded by jokingly (I think) calling him "a miserable swine."
Fox is teaming up with Russell T. Davies to work on developing an Americanized version of the popular British show Torchwood. For those unfamiliar with it, it's a sci-fi series that involves a small team of crime fighters who deal primarily with the otherworldly. As a fan of the show, my initial reaction to the Fox news was of horror, and while I'm still highly skeptical that this remake should ever make it to the screen, there are some potentially good things about the idea. Here are the pros and cons of bringing Captain Jack across the Atlantic: