Torchwood creator and former Doctor Who “showrunner” Russell T Davies has spoken about the success of the 2009 Torchwood mini-series Children of Earth, which he says took the BBC by surprise.
The serial, stripped across 5 consecutive week nights in June, saw Torchwood living on their wits as an alien visitor threatened to rip apart a 1960s government collusion, which Jack Harkness was involved in.
“To be honest, ‘Children Of Earth’ took the whole of BBC One by surprise – they didn’t expect it to be quite that successful. It went out in the summer, five nights a week, and you think, ‘Well, that’s a bit of a graveyard slot, isn’t it?’
“Then I was getting the controller of BBC One phoning me on the Thursday going, ‘Oh my God, everyone’s watching it!’ Frankly, in this job you’ve got to make hay while the sun shines.”
It could be said that Children of Earth was regarded as a watershed for Torchwood – for many viewers, the series finally found its feet. For long term fans of the show, however, the serial turned its back on what they feel made the show – the hub, the SUV, inappropriate sexual references and engagements, and the tragic death of Ianto Jones (Gareth David-Lloyd).
Torchwood returns to TV in 2011 with Eve Myles and John Barrowman reprising Gwen Cooper and Jack Harkness, with a group of new cast members in an international co-production between BBC Wales, BBC Worldwide and Starz.
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