Published on January 23rd, 2011 | by Meredith Burdett
Torchwood – Whoniverse or Not?
The former show runner commented that he is very pleased with how the new series, under Steven Moffatâ€™s reign is unfolding:
â€œOf course I love it! Steven Moffatâ€™s most important role is to get me a DVD before that Saturday of transmission,â€ says Davies. â€œThis new season itâ€™s going to go out on BBC America on the same day, but I still want the DVD because it wonâ€™t have adverts…
â€œThis morning before I came to Pasadena I was sitting there reading the Doctor Who Series Companion Part 2 and reading about the cut scenes from â€˜The Hungry Earthâ€™, and I thought, â€˜What a fan am I?â€â€™Canâ€™t wait for the new series, canâ€™t wait!â€
Davies is still Executive Producer on the two Doctor Who spin off series Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures but how exactly do the three programmes connect these days? Russell remarked:
â€œI really donâ€™t want to know whatâ€™s happening…I have to know some things, because I am still running The Sarah Jane Adventures, and thereâ€™s no specific crossover, but we have to make sure weâ€™re in the same universe. For example I got a call from my agent yesterday about something in Doctor Who, that Iâ€™m not going to tell you, but it thrilled me, and I thought God thatâ€™s exciting! I have tiny moments of contact, but I donâ€™t want too many of them because I want to sit and watch it like a kid.â€
Both the Tenth and Eleventh Doctorâ€™s have appeared in The Sarah Jane Adventures in the past year with only the tiniest of cameos at the end of Torchwood series one. But how embedded in the Doctor Who universe is Torchwood?
There have been cameos from Torchwood monsters in Doctor Who but never a full on meeting of the lead characters from both shows. Certainly Torchwood is a much more adult show and encouraging children to watch it is something Russell T Davies is keen to avoid.
Captain Jack has dipped in and out of the Whoniverse and Gwen and Ianto have been involved in Dalek escapades but will Torchwood ever truly align with the Doctor Who world? Weâ€™ll have to wait and see…