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Published on June 25th, 2011 | by Meredith Burdett

Torchwood’s Mixed Heritage

Torchwood creator Russell T Davies is very much in the limelight this month as he wanders from town to town to promote the latest series of one of his (many!) labours of love.

Miracle Day is sure to take the Torchwood universe in a bold new direction and will surely prove to be amazing story telling. But as Russell revealed in a recent interview with website Den of Geek, Torchwood has changed so much over the years, it’s difficult to know what kind of path it will ever take, it’s certainly one of the most “constantly reset” shows available to audiences (bar Doctor Who of course) and that means that it will always be fresh.

Including an American production team has certainly changed the way that the show is made and has given it a fresh new road to walk down, as Russell noted:

“We ended up with half the American and half a British system. In theory, the full American system is that you work out, on a whiteboard, every single detail of every single episode. I don’t like it all worked out in advance for me. I like to go home and be able to invent stuff on the spot…the half British system was that once there was a good layout, but not a detailed layout of an episode. We send them off and tell them to write. “Go and do what you’re paid to do. Go and be brilliant.”

Torchwood Miracle Day will be aired in the US and Canada in July.

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