SFX magazine’s popular website has an exclusive chat online with Torchwood and outgoing Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies.
It’s a wide-ranging chat that covers Children of Earth, the theory that John Barrowman was too busy for 13 episodes (of course he wasn’t – he’s got that time manipulator!), the format change from 13 standalone to 5 linked episodes, guest casting, co-writers John Fay and James Moran and – wait for it – confirmation that:
the character of Alice is Jack’s daughter, and she has a son.
There’s too much in the slightly lengthy chat to cover here, but if you haven’t clicked on the link to visit, how about this for a taster, on the matter of utilising the skills of Euros Lyn over all five episodes of Children of Earth?
I think itâ€™s better if you can have one director all the way through, so we designed the entire thing – like inviting Euros to all the meetings – to keep him on board, to keep him at Upper Boat, frankly, and then with the promise of saying, â€˜After that you can do the last two hours of David Tennantâ€™.
You have to hand it to Russell T Davies – whatever you might think of his scripting decisions at times throughout his 4 years of Doctor Who so far he knows what makes great television. I think we’re in for a cheat with Children of Earth.
(With thanks to Ian Berriman)