Published on January 12th, 2011 | by Andrew Reynolds
Davies: Torchwood ‘a different form of Sci-Fi’
Not affraid of a bit of hyperbole Russell T. Davies has been chatting, along with stars Eve Myles (Gwen Cooper), Bill Pullman (Oswald Danes) and Mekhi Phifer (Rex Matheson), at a Torchwood: Miracle DayÂ panel for the Television Critics Association – promising fans that the upcoming co-production between Starz and BBC Worldwide will be something brand, spanking new for Sci-Fi fans.
Torchwood: Miracle Day sees the population of Earth witness a miracle- for one day no-one dies. Then the next day, then the next.
The Earth suffers an overnight population boom, while the old get older and the dying continue to die- but never quite pass away-the global situation becomes critical and in the middle of the mystery stands an immortal,Â suddenly not so unique, and his new team.Â
Davies, understandably, isÂ chuffed to bits with his new ‘forum’:
“What Torchwood does now in its new iteration is take an idea, a concept, an event, which is this fact that no one is dying, and simply drop that into the middle of all of our lives. Thatâ€™s the science fiction of it. Thatâ€™s the fantasy, is to say â€œWhat are we going to do now? What is our government going to do now? And what are our children going to do now? And what is society going to do now?â€ And some of those answers are beautiful and brave and brilliant, and some of the answers, looking into the depths of human nature, are terrifying. So I like this forum of science fiction. It feels brand-new, and it feels â€” itâ€™s taken us these five years to get there, and thatâ€™s a great platform. I am really excited by it.”
In keeping with Davies’ new ‘forum’ they’ll be no easy answers, no quick resolutions:
“This new series is 10 episodes long. But you wonâ€™t be still finding out the resolution to the story in five yearsâ€™ time because that literally bi-eps of 10. It is 10 episodes. Bi-eps of 10, there is a massive, shattering climax to the whole thing. Youâ€™ll find out who lives, who dies, what it all happens, whether they can stop it or not, and thatâ€™s the end. So itâ€™s got that sort of shape to it now.”
And that shape is set to make an indelible impression on us when it airs this summer:
“Thereâ€™s some shocking episodes to come, and I mean shocking in terms of some shocking visuals, but really some shocking things about people. Thatâ€™s what we are doing, what we are capable of, and the depth which will sink sometimes. So that feels really great. It feels exciting. It feels new.”
Torchwood: Miracle Day will air this summer simultaneously on BBC 1 in the UK and on the Starz Network in the USA.