Fans of Torchwood have been left hanging in the aftermath of the BBC/Starz co-produced series, Torchwood: Miracle Day. While it received a decent marketing push prior to airing in July – September 2011, Miracle Day disappointed in the ratings department, and there’s been no definitive word when/if we might see the further adventures of Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) and Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles). Well, Torchwood creator/former Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies has been making the rounds to promote his new kids’ show, Wizards vs. Aliens, and during a radio he was asked about the future of the Who spinoff…and the news isn’t great.
During a radio interview with Irish talk show host Graham Norton, Davies said that, while Torchwood isn’t officially cancelled, he has no plans to return to it anytime soon. Here’s the quote:
I loved making it [in the States], and I would have carried on if circumstances hadn’t brought me back to this country, so it’s kind of in limbo for me at the moment.
I’m not working on it at the moment. I’m only working on Wizards vs. Aliens — when I get back to work one day, I don’t know, it’ll be old news to the BBC then! It’s not officially cancelled… It’s in a nice limbo where it can stew for a while – those shows can come back in ten, twenty years time.
On the upside, he isn’t definitively ruling out any further installments of Torchwood, it definitely doesn’t sound like it’s on Davies’ radar at this point. Honestly, maybe that’s for the best. While Miracle Day had its moments, it also suffered from frequently glacial pacing that stretched maybe five episodes’ worth of story over 10 long episodes. And even at its best, Miracle Day wasn’t nearly as good as the previous series, Children of Earth. When you add in the fact that the show has killed off pretty much all the primary characters other than Jack and Gwen, and consider that they both have other projects competing for their time, the odds of more Torchwood look pretty slim.
Then again, the Torchwood team always were underdogs, so maybe they’ll surprise us and stage a comeback on down the line.