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Published on February 3rd, 2011 | by Christian Cawley

RTD to Quit Torchwood?

So how many of you were paying attention to the interview clip with Russell T Davies yesterday?

In addition to confirming that both Sharon Morgan and William Thomas would be returning in Torchwood: Miracle Day as Gwen’s parents (roles they held in Series 2′s Something Borrowed) the man who brought back Doctor Who and then created Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures revealed that he’s considering moving on from the world of alien invasions, immortals and time travel…

“It’s interesting as to how long I can stay in the science fiction world.

“Personally I think I’m coming to the end of it now and I’ve saved the world and blown up the world too many times. It’s time to write something just where people talk in kitchens.

“But I hope we literally leave the franchise in a very strong position that other writers come in and take it over.”

It’s a fascinating admission from the award-winning writer, not to mention something that seems to have gone over the head of many who watched the interview on BBC Wales last night.

While the popular Davies will forever be associated with Doctor Who and Torchwood it would be interesting to see just what other writers can do with his show…


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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

2 Responses to RTD to Quit Torchwood?

  1. avatar Jez Noir says:

    I know Torchwood seems to have more lives than a time-lord’s cat, but this all sounds very ominous given how easily shows get cancelled in the US.

  2. avatar Paul Cavanagh says:

    The wonderful thing about Russell is that he does write stuff ‘where people talk in kitchens’ – and he does it so well in Doctor Who and Torchwood that people accept this is how sci-fi should be approached. There’s a great bit in Parting of the Ways where Jackie and Mickey are discussing a new pizza shop, while they sit and eat chips – and Rose makes this lovely little speech about how a life of work, sleep and chips just isn’t enough.

    Whatever Russell does, and I hope he stays with DW/TW/SJA for a while longer, but whatever he writes, I’ll be sure to sit up and listen. He is, to me, a master of his craft, and one of the most important people in television.

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