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Published on July 30th, 2009 | by Christian Cawley

Rifty Business

Russell T Davies chatted with io9.com at the San Diego Comic Con, discussing the risk of Children of Earth, the death of Ianto and the future of Torchwood…

It seems strange that in the interview Russell seems to spend the entire time defending himself, whether on the subject of Rose Tyler in Doctor Who, how he dealt with BBC bosses trying to schedule Torchwood across 5 Fridays or the death of Ianto Jones and the subsequent fan reaction.

“There’s a campaign, because he was a coffee boy. But do you know how many packets of coffee they’ve received so far? Nine. So I think people writing online might sound like thousands of people, but they are nine. And they have the proof in the office, they are nine.”

Lest we forget the campaign is raising money for Children in Need.

The future of Torchwood meanwhile is positive – but is it a goer? Almost a month since broadcast and still no confirmation from the BBC. They could end on the “high” of Children of Earth – but as Russell T Davies correctly identifies:

Torchwood has become an umbrella for telling a good story. This wasn’t anything to do with Cardiff, or the rift.”

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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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