Published on January 8th, 2011 | by Christian Cawley
Torchwood Name Change!
In a special announcment by BBC Cymru Wales, BBC Worldwide and US premium entertainment network, Starz Entertainment, new cast, plot and character details for the new series have been confirmed.
John Barrowman and Eve Myles will return in their roles as Captain Jack Harkness and Gwen Cooper respectively, and joining them are a host of familiar faces.
ER and Lie To Me star Mekhi Phifer will play Rex Matheson, a C.I.A. operative who joins forces with Captain Jack and Gwen Cooper to fight a global conspiracy that reaches from Washington to Wales and the slums of Shanghai whilst Bill Pullman, best known for his big screen roles such as While You Were Sleeping and Independence Day will take on the role of Oswald Danes, a convicted child killer who survives his own execution to become the most infamous man on the planet.
Also making their Torchwood debuts are Alexa Havins as Esther Drummond, a deskbound C.I.A employee who dreams of active duty and who suddenly finds herself running alongside Jack, Gwen and Rex; and Arlene Tur as Dr Vera Juarez, a Washington D.C. surgeon, who ends up on the frontline of medical care on â€œMiracle Dayâ€ advising the government think-tanks on the best course of action for the worldâ€™s population.
OK – here’s the big plot summary that we’ve all been waiting for:
The plot of Miracle Day is the most explosive Torchwood storyline yet. One day, nobody dies. All across the world, nobody dies. And then the next day, and the next, and the next, people keep aging — they get hurt and sick — but they never die. The result: a population boom, overnight. With all the extra people, resources are finite. Itâ€™s said that in four monthsâ€™ time, the human race will cease to be viable. But this canâ€™t be a natural event â€“ someoneâ€™s got to be behind it. Itâ€™s a race against time as C.I.A. agent Rex Matheson investigates a global conspiracy.Â The answers lie within an old, secret British institute. As Rex keeps asking â€œWhat is Torchwood?”, heâ€™s drawn into a world of adventure, and a threat to change what it means to be human, forever.
The 10-episode series has been written by a team led by Torchwood creator Russell T Davies who also Executive Produces along with BBC Worldwide Productionsâ€™ SVP Scripted, Julie Gardner, BBC Worldwide Productions EVP Jane Tranter, and BBC Walesâ€™ Bethan Jones.