What happened to you when Ianto Jones died in Torchwood: Children of Earth? Did you breathe a sigh of relief as they offed a character that you had no time for? Or did you weep uncontrollably at the thought that you would never see him in action again?
Well you can either congratulate or despise John Fay, who was given the task of killing of Mr Jones.
In an interview with website Scifilove, Fay reveals how he wrote the death of one of Captain Jackâ€™s closest companions:
â€œRussell wanted that to happen, although they are my words. It was absolutely the right thing to do though from the point of view of the story and what it gave to the last episodeâ€¦ In my mind, I was always aware that Jack had gone through this situation many times before, and that was really interesting to me. How do you have a relationship and fall in love with someone when you know â€“ absolutely know â€“ you will be around to see them die?
â€œI still think I didnâ€™t quite nail it. There is a line there that I never managed to put my finger on, or maybe didnâ€™t want toâ€¦ At the time, Children of Earth was the first thing I had written after my dad died and I wonder if I feel that way because I was writing about my dad in some way through that time.â€
Children of Earth (and this is only one opinion mind you) was an effective and satisfying piece of drama. Epic, stylish and well written. Which means that itâ€™s good news that John is also helping out with the writing for Torchwood: The New World. And by the sounds of it, itâ€™ll be a great jumping on point:
â€œWe worked from 9-5 each day to storyline the show, but in much greater detail than I was used to from working in Englandâ€¦ That was more â€˜we want it to be kind of like thisâ€™, a looser structure, whereas in America we beat out every detail of each episode and went one step at a time. It was fascinating to see that approach…we are starting from scratch to some degree, but what helps us is we have got such well established characters in Jack and Gwen that people know and loveâ€¦
â€œObviously Torchwood is an established show with an clear history which we will refer too, but we have to embrace people who maybe havenâ€™t seen any Torchwood before. If you get too self-referential it can get dull, so whatâ€™s gone before will be referenced, but in a subtle way.â€