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Published on July 8th, 2009 | by Christian Cawley

James Moran on Day Three

Den of Geek caught up with Torchwood: Children of Earth - Day Three writer James Moran recently, and put some questions to him…

James Moran of course has previously written for Torchwood with the Series 2 episode Sleeper as well as contributing the Doctor Who 2008 story The Fires of Pompeii and a smashing episode from the last series of Primeval - not to mention scripting the movie Severance.

Generally the interview concerns how the Children of Earth storyline was developed with Russell T Davies and fellow co-writer John Fay and while it is totally spoiler free it does give an insight into the inoput of the Executive Producer

Once I’d done about five drafts of episode three, it went over to Russell, who took over from there. And then we had a readthrough of episodes one, two and three, one after another, which was amazing – and that’s when we noticed any little inconsistencies that needed fixing.

Now I explain it all, it sounds horribly complicated and difficult! But it went pretty smoothly. Although it took us ages to figure out the ending, and how to make it make sense.

It looks as though Moran has been given the toughest job – keeping the pace running into the third episode and setting up the events for the finale.  I can’t think of a better man for the job given his previous form!

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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




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