Published on June 16th, 2009 | by Christian Cawley
RTD: Civilisation Snaps
More information is released by the BBC in advance of Torchwood: Children of Earth.
It’s an ordinary day that becomes a world of terror, as every single child in the world just stops. A message is sent to all the governments of Earth: “We are coming”.
But as a trap closes around Captain Jack, sins of the past are returning, as long-forgotten events from 1965 threaten to reveal an awful truth.
Rather than be employed to face the danger, Torchwood are forced underground, as the government takes swift and brutal action. With members of the team being hunted down, Britain risks becoming a rogue state, with the mysterious and powerful 456 drawing ever closer.
Captain Jack (John Barrowman), Gwen (Eve Myles) and Ianto (Gareth David-Lloyd) are helpless, as events escalate until humankind faces the end of civilisation itself.
The real question however is this – has Russell T Davies just shrugged off all criticism for fluffy Doctor Who specials with what could quite reasonably be described as the TV event of the year?
“It was a story I’d had in mind for ages â€“ I’m just glad the BBC gave me a canvas big enough to tell the tale!
“But underneath the sci-fi and the aliens there’s something very relevant to the world, I hope, the way we sit in the West and watch footage of atrocities in different countries and imagine it’s all so far away, and so impossible here â€“ which is a nice, comfy lie we tell ourselves. That was the heart of it.
“I wanted to tell a story in which civilisation snaps, in which we turn on ourselves, in which nothing is safe. Plenty of people live like that on this planet. In this story, it’s Britain’s turn!”