Call it an essence, a point of view or a sensibility – regardless of what synonym you choose it managed to pull you in with a wink, a nudge and roll of its eyes.
There was nothing else like it on television which is why passions still run high for its potential return.
That attitude meant something to its loyal fans and while there’s no faulting ambition and potential Torchwood: Miracle Day, for all its promise of a new dawn, hamstrung the show with excessive ideas and reductive storytelling.
Someone who believes something got lost in translation is Torchwood writer Chris Chibnall who has criticised it for lacking the ‘essence’ of the show.
Speaking to Starburst (via Digital Spy) Chibnall commented:
When we were first talking about it, it was something a bit bolder, a bit cheekier. It may just come back to the fact that one of the great essences of Torchwood was taking those American tropes and doing them in Wales.
In a way, that’s what made Torchwood so brilliantly odd. Once you put it in California, it becomes more like other shows.
Despite its unique perspective, Chibnall – whose new series Broadchurch, staring David Tennant, begins in March – has cast doubt on the likelihood of there being a further series of the show:
In October Russell T. Davies confirmed that the show wasn’t cancelled but was in ‘a nice limbo’.