Things haven’t looked good for Tochwood since Miracle Day debuted on the Starz channel last year… and then rapidly turned into a ratings flop. Even a lot of serious fans jumped ship, labeling the new series as a major step down in quality from previous Torchwood incarnations. Because of Miracle Day’s problems no one has been willing to commit to doing more of the Doctor Who spinoff, but here’s some good news: It’s not entirely dead.
Despite the low ratings Starz now seems open to doing more of it. In fact it sounds like the holdup isn’t the network, but series creator Russell T. Davies. Starz CEO Chris Albrecht recently revealed, “You know, Russell [T Davies] is so busy, Obviously, we’re in touch with the BBC all the time. They are our partners on [new shows] DaVinci’s Demons and Harem. We told them, we stand by ready for any news, but I think it would be a while before Russell came back to Torchwood.”
So they’ll do it, as soon as Russell T. Davies gets around to it? Or is this the Starz channel’s way of saying they’re only interested if Russell is more involved? Davies wrote the first and last episode of Miracle Day but for the other episodes he turned things largely over to veteran writer Jane Espenson, and to be blunt about it, she botched it.
We know Davies can make good Torchwood episodes, he did it for two seasons on the BBC. Maybe getting him to really focus in on the adventures of Captain Jack Harkness again is the way to put the Torchwood universe back together.