It seems that Jane Espenson – a screenwriter with Buffy and BattleStar Galactica on her CV – might have missed the chance to work on Torchwood Series 4 had her agent been speaking any faster!
Luckily for Torchwood fans, she leapt at the chance, and revealed why she took it to SFX recently.
â€œI love blending tones â€“ mixing the broadly comedic moment in with the darkly dramatic one can heighten both. Torchwood is a show that welcomes that kind of moment. Iâ€™m also really eager to play with all the culture-clash material that comes naturally out of the showâ€™s pedigree. And Iâ€™m especially eager to write material that pushes the boundaries of what can ordinarily be done on television.â€
Meanwhile, she describes an “intense” writing process in the team assembled by creator Russell T Davies; one that has already claimed the name of at least one previously announced character.
â€œAnd thereâ€™s nothing to stop us from changing moreâ€”so if you hear anything, even if it was true at some point, it probably isnâ€™t anymore. So the more you learn about Torchwood, the less you know.â€
Hmm. We wonder if it is “CIA agent Rex Matheson“, a name which frankly we feel is otherwise best left for the canine world.