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88 Days left and today I had the most surreal Torchwood moment ever. Seriously, the time I met John Barrowman ranks high on the ridiculous scale but today was UNFATHOMABLE.

Today's insanity can summed up in 2 words: Torchwood Chatsworth. Lets back up so I can explain. Last night, I came across some information, namely that Torchwood was  going to be filming today...in Chatsworth.

Most of you reading this are in the UK and even those who are in the US might not have heard of Chatsworth. So let me introduce you. Chatsworth, just so happens to be my home town. If the notion of Torchwood filming in the US was unimaginable, Torchwood filming in Chatsworth is absurd. Chatsworth is a small neighborhood in LA. No one has heard of it, so residents generally just tell people we live in LA, it's close enough but lacks the glamor. 

The inside scoop on Chatsworth, from someone who grew up here is this: Chatsworth's greatest achievements are in the porn industry. Locals know it as a porn capital, and yes, they film a lot of porn here. That's not to say that we've never had general entertainment TV and films shoot in the area but usually when you see a sign pointing to a location it's in code and points to somewhere you dare not tread. I told my friend Torchwood was filming near my house and he honestly asked me if they were filming porn.  I frankly wouldn't be surprised if they brought John Barrowman to our lovely city to film his upcoming nude scene(s).

And another fun fact, the church next to the filming was a church I frequented during my high school days and the stretch of land and surrounding area was, seriously, the Charles Manson property. To recap, Chatsworth, my home, land of porn and Charles Manson.

What's more, is sources informed us the filming today would take place from about 7am-7pm in a large house in a gated community. Ok, I don't actually think they are filming the next season of TorchWOOD but it does paint a scandalous image. The unfortunate truth is this same filming anywhere else wouldn't be at all suspicious. I realize this is just my preconceived notions of filming in the area in big houses.

At the end of the day the greatest entertainment came from jokes about a rift through Chatsworth, Torchwood Chatsworth, and contemplating one liners that Jack could deliver upon learning about his surroundings. My friend and I are considering making shirts. 

Actually scoping out the location didn't yield all that much. The crew was set up about 3 blocks away from my house so it was no trouble to drive by and see what we could discover. It was cool to see Torchwood set up in my area but at the end of the day the filming was in a gated community and so - closed to the public. My friend Kristine Keller snapped a few pictures which I've posted below.

What else is there to say really. It would be cool if Chatsworth ended up mentioned as the location during an episode. I swear I don't hate my city, really it's affectionate reflection.

So what I'm wondering is, do you think Torchwood came to my hometown to shoot the BarrowNude scenes we've been promised? Any guesses what they may actually be filming in a large house? xx

<3Dana

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Torchwood production sign. Photo by Kristine Keller
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Torchwood production trailers. Photo by Kristine Keller
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Gated community, Torchwood filming inside. Photo by Kristine Keller
 


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04/11/2011 23:29

Best blog I've read ALL DAY! :D

Today was lots o' fun, and I still can't believe Torchwood is in freaking CHATSWORTH!! SO random, and sooo cool.

I look forward to the, *ahem*, "special scene". Pizza, anyone?

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Chris
04/12/2011 00:12

What an exciting day for a very lucky BarrowGirl. Your blogs have been truly a wonderful and interesting highlight of my day.

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Tammy
04/12/2011 08:08

*giggles uncontrollably*

The mental images the words *porn* *Barrowman* & *Pizza* elicit...(although I was thinking more like UPS) are ones that will keep me smiling for the rest of the day!

You are a VERY lucky BarrowGirl, indeed. I am very jealous. Your blogs greatly help ease the TW *tick* LOL.

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04/12/2011 09:29

Dana - this blog had me giggling uncontrollably! HAHAHAHAHAAAAAA! You've(forvive the pun) nailed our hometown perfectly. But (insider information from someone who used to attend church there), the church owns most of the property around there including the former Manson property. I don't think they'd allow anything like porn to be filmed there - so a nude scene seems a bit of a stretch(but maybe). It'd be a bit awkward(see giant cross in the background of your pic).

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Mickie
04/13/2011 12:42

What updating the news...so I thought I should have a lookee at your blog!

Wow how cool is that honey! So pleased for you. It's funny you mentioning the UK..we have our own Chatsworth! See what you think...

http://www.chatsworth.org/

As for the #BarrowNude filming...that was be just too funny and amazing of course! John was BarrowNude in Chatsworth LA! lol

It's funny cause I actually had a TW dream! Can't remeber anything now, only that it was TW and Captain Jack! lol

Love you babes xxxx

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Time_Hound
04/14/2011 21:01

Thanks for display these pictures and telling us about your home town. I only wish that sometime they would come here. Saskatoon has a lot to offer. Must not be jealous. Fortunate you.

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Dana
04/14/2011 22:32

@Kristine - LOL! It is completely bizarre thanks for going on the field trip with me. And yes I am ready for my...role ;)

<3Dana

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Dana
04/14/2011 22:35

@Chris - Thank you lovely, you are too kind. I feel very fortunate, thanks for reading and the comment.

<3Dana

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Dana
04/14/2011 22:40

@Tammy - It's been a source of great entertainment for me as well, all the possibilities!! And y'know, I could see UPS. I am happy to have had Torchwood in my home town I know I'm lucky. No need to be jealous though we really didn't see much. Thank you for reading and for liking my blogs, glad they are helping more than just myself get through the wait :)

<3Dana

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Dana
04/14/2011 22:44

@Naomi - NAILED! HA!! That had me giggling uncontrollably. I am so glad my Chatsworth friends read this so they can appreciate the lunacy. I wonder if the church own the gated community, maybe. I imagine they wouldn't allow it in that case, must you ruin my fun speculation? And what about nun porn? I mean, surely the cross is a fitting background then, no? ;)

<3Dana

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Dana
04/14/2011 22:49

@Mickie - Thanks for reading lovely. It's pretty cool and it would be too funny if the...nude scenes where filmed here LOL. Someone else mentioned the UK Chatsworth to me too, lol. I forgot to put it in the blog, I'm sure a few got a good laugh at that. Love you too.

<3Dana

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Dana
04/14/2011 22:53

@Time_Hound - thanks for reading about my home town! I am sure there is a lot our has to offer. It's cool but really not much to be jealous of,w e didn't see much of anything.

<3Dana

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Naomi
04/15/2011 10:56

LOL. No I don't believe they own the gate community. Just all the surrounding area. So I guess they can do whatever they want there. Nun porn didn't occur to me *blush* but somehow I don't see that fitting into TW :D But who knows... the face of Boe does end up on a planet filled with cat-nuns. Maybe this is where he develops his taste for it.

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nikki
04/25/2011 11:27

I totally found out that they were filming in chatsworth the day of... I live about 30 min from thereb and was totally going to go after I got out of class.... but 1) couldn't find anyone to kidnap and take with me 2) my class ended at 6 :/ I was so sad. I'm still trying to figure out if there are anymore.. public scenes they will be filming, where I may actually be able to catch a glimpse of barrowman in all his glory.. in person. Ahh. A girl can dream, right? I would have totally taken one of those TW signs.. hehe.

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Holli
05/03/2011 00:46

Hi Dana -

Thanks for blogging about Torchwood and Chatsworth. It does help to pass the time until 8 July. The Onset Vacations website mentions that Torchwood is filming at 600 Wilshire Blvd (7:00 A.M. – 10:00 P.M.) this week at least starting this past Monday. That's a little far from Chatsworth, CA, but if it's a street scene being filmed then maybe a JB sighting is possible. JB tweeted yesterday that he has only three more weeks in the USA on Torchwood filming.

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