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Published on June 27th, 2011 | by Meredith Burdett

BBC To Give Up Torchwood?

Media Savvy Torchwood creator Russell T Davies has recently spoken out in an interview with The Guardian, promoting the new series of Torchwood, regarding the budget cuts that the BBC had recently been facing and the ramifications that that has on its flagship shows.

Torchwood has recently become a BBC co-production with US channel Starz, the end result being that the show gets more money injected into it and a larger audience as well. But what does that mean for the future of the show if another series is commissioned? Davies himself is the first to admit that he’s not quite sure:

“The very interesting thing will be what if it does well on Starz but doesn’t do well on BBC1? Or if the BBC1 money is tight and they have to take money away – does it become entirely a Starz production, which means they have to own the rights? Would the BBC do that?”

And with the change of scene that has taken place within Torchwood itself, the writer wonders how viewers in England will take the difference in tone:

“I watched it sometimes myself and some – well a lot – of the scenes were just the Americans without a single English or Welsh note, and you think, how’s that going to play out on BBC1?”

But as the writer points out, several television shows have been made this way for years and British audiences are certainly not unfamiliar with all American shows transmitting through their screens (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The West Wing, 24, Lost and Glee to name but a few!) and as long as the writing is strong and the acting is believable, this shouldn’t be a problem for a show as adaptable as Torchwood.

Now that’s it’s been a good few years since Russell’s era of Doctor Who ended, does the writer ever miss being involved with the show? In typical style, he deals with the question in a straight up manner:

“I don’t, because I did it so often…I don’t miss anything. I don’t miss Queer as Folk. Once you’ve done something, you just move on. You miss them, I love what I did. But that’s not missing it, is it really?”

Finally, being asked about the Eleventh Doctor, Russell is, as always, full of praise and glee for Matt Smith and his take on the Time Lord:

“Oh I love him. He’s limitless, isn’t he?”

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