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Published on November 14th, 2010 | by Patrick Riley

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RTD on ‘Torchwood’: No Turning Back

If you’re a fan of Old Torchwood (seasons 1 and 2), then today’s news probably won’t excite you.  But if you preferred the Children of Earth multi-episode-story setup, you’re in for a treat, because that’s likely the way it’s going to stay for seasons to come!  And even if it doesn’t, we can confirm that the former style of thirteen one-off stories per season is gone forever, thanks to a recent Collider interview with Russell T. Davies and Julie Gardner about the upcoming Torchwood: The New World.

When asked about the advantages of Russell’s Famous Grand Story Arcâ„¢ over the standalone method, Davies’ reply was:

“I love it. I simply prefer it. The monster-of-the-week stories were brilliant, in their day, in Torchwood, but having discovered this new format, I think it’s more ambitious and intelligent. It allows you to stop and take pause and look at the world. Those ambitions are admirable. While I’m on the show, that will never stop. While the show keeps running, we’ll never go back to the week-to-week stories.”

A little later, he continued:

“When I was working on Doctor Who, it was always one-off stories every week and I wanted to do something different, so I started working on The Sarah Jane Adventures, which is the children’s spin-off of Doctor Who, and that’s one-off stories. I want different things on my plate and on my palate.”

Mr. Davies, we love your new format; Children of Earth was brilliant, it really was.  But at the same time there are some who really miss having a new tale every week, not to mention certain characters.  Why don’t you make a spinoff of Torchwood where Tosh, Owen, and Ianto emerge from death through the rift and fight off a different Weevil every episode?  Then, you’d have three generations of Doctor Who under your belt, plus Aunt Sarah Jane!  How’s that for a palate?

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Patrick is a temporal hitchhiker who spends most of his time in the future. His favourite Doctor is the Fourteenth. If you're especially lucky, you might even hear him tweet to all you merry folk in the past @10PatrickRiley.




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