Published on November 14th, 2010 | by Patrick Riley
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.Â 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!Â 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 itâ€™s more ambitious and intelligent. It allows you to stop and take pause and look at the world. Those ambitions are admirable. While Iâ€™m on the show, that will never stop. While the show keeps running, weâ€™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 childrenâ€™s spin-off of Doctor Who, and thatâ€™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.Â But at the same time there are some who really miss having a new tale every week, not to mention certain characters.Â 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?Â Then, you’d have three generations of Doctor Who under your belt, plus Aunt Sarah Jane!Â How’s that for a palate?