The latest season of the Doctor Who spinoff Torchwood was not the show’s best outing. Despite a promising premise, talented cast, and an international co-production that upped the show’s budget, Torchwood: Miracle Day descended into absurdity before finishing on a veritable cliffhanger. There’s been no official word on when (or if) Torchwood will return, but one of its stars is opening up about what it might look like when it does.
In a recent interview with CultBox, Eve Myles – known to Torchwood fans as the ass kicking ex-policewoman Gwen – revealed that she is also in the dark about when the show might return. Despite the fact that the showrunners “can just pick the phone up and [John Barrowman and I] will be there before they’ve even put the phone down”, everything regarding Torchwood is in a kind of limbo. Myles cites nebulous “things” happening in Russell T. Davies’s personal life as a primary reason for the delay, but it’s likely that the new television show he’s been working on figures into it, as well. The Welsh actress does say that Torchwood definitely won’t be back in 2012, though.
She definitely feels that the fans who have been so loyal to the show so far – despite changes in format, painful character deaths, and long gaps between series – deserve closure. Myles hopes that Torchwood can return in some form to “draw a line under it,” and suggests that a movie in 2013 might be able to do that. Before you get too excited, though, there’s nothing else in the interview suggests that a movie (television or feature) is a possibility being considered by the creative team.
Myles also took the interview as an opportunity to rebut some comments that have been circulating in the media that she wouldn’t appear in the Doctor Who anniversary if asked because it would be “inappropriate”:
“Now, this has come across wrong and I want to get this out that I didn’t mean it like that! What I meant was that the direction we were taking with Torchwood was very violent kind of storylines. The characters were going through certain narratives that are pretty hefty and adult. What I meant was that it’s difficult for a character to do those kind of scenes then do Doctor Who […] It’s a difficult crossover. It works with Captain Jack because John does it beautifully. If I was asked it would be an absolute honour to be involved with something as huge as Doctor Who again.”
She goes on to say that it’s unlikely the situation will arise anyway, as there’s been no suggestion from the Doctor Who team that the character of Gwen might play a part in the show’s 50th anniversary celebration.
There are a lot of questions left unanswered by the ending of Miracle Day – including what it means to the Who-verse if Jack’s no longer the only immortal – but are fans really willing to hold on until some undefined point in the future? Are we really as loyal as Myles thinks we are? Do you want to see a Torchwood movie?