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Published on March 5th, 2011 | by Meredith Burdett

Torchwood “feels American”

Torchwood has changed. Since its inception and first broadcast nearly five years ago (time does fly by does it not?) the show has become a different beast altogether. And that’s something that one of the writers has noticed as well.

John Fay, who wrote two episodes of Torchwood: Children of Earth and, more recently, has written episode nine of Torchwood: Miracle Day, recently remarked that the show now has much more of an “American” feel to it. A large American cast and some filming in the country are large factors in this. Torchwood was always a show that appeared to big for its boots, so a bit of an American feel might not necessarily be a bad thing; it may actually give it a grander and more epic feel.

Having recently sat down with the other writers, Fay did find things slightly daunting at first:

“The other writers in the room were phenomenal… We got on great, I think.”

Those who are hoping that Fay’s writing style has mellowed over the last couple of years may not be too pleased as he commented on the death of poor Ianto Jones:

“When death is a reality in a drama, the jeopardy is greater [and] the stakes are greater.”

So it looks like not only will we be getting a far more stateside view on science fiction (any money elements of Miracle Day will mirror 24 and other successful shows) but lots of gruesome deaths along the way!

Torchwood: Miracle Day will be airing this year on the BBC in the UK and on the Starz  channel in the US.

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