Russell T Davies discusses future of Torchwood

Torchwood: Miracle DayRussell T. Davies has discussed the future of Torchwood and the potential for further series’ in an interview with The Guardian.


The creator of the Doctor Who spin-off discussed a wide range of topics in the interview with The Guardian – once again criticising cuts at the BBC and David Cameron & Nick Clegg. Last week, on Radio Four, the writer launched a scathing attack on the duo labelling them “savage” and “evil” also “lethal as a laser”. Davies was openly critical of Cameron and the Conservative party in the run-up to the General Elections in 2010. The interview also discussed the forthcoming Torchwood: Miracle Day and inevitably discussed the possibility of further seasons of Torchwood.

“In theory I could have handed it over to a bunch of strangers and said good luck to them – and if there was another series I might do that because I think there’s only so long you can spend doing Torchwood…I start the series and I think, I’m never doing this again.”  – Russell T. Davies in The Guardian.

However, fans fearing the end of Torchwood need not fear too much as Davies then added he had ideas for at least one more series telling The Guardian “ I’ve got to do this again. I’ve got one more story that I can tell – just one more that has Gwen right at the centre of it – that would be fantastic. So I’m my own worst enemy.”

Torchwood: Miracle Day is a co-production between BBC Worldwide and the American broadcaster Starz – which has afforded the sci-fi series a larger budget and bigger scale than the previous three seasons. Any further seasons of Torchwood would likely follow the co-production deal set-up for Miracle Day but with further cuts at the BBC expected could the corporation find the money for further seasons?

“The very interesting thing will be, what if it does well on Starz but doesn’t do well on BBC1? Or if the BBC1 money is tight and they have to take money away – does it become entirely a Starz production, which means they have to own the rights? Would the BBC do that? Would they actually give away rights to an existing property?” – Russell T. Davies in The Guardian.

It was announced earlier this month that the BBC had ordered a seventh season of Doctor Who, consisting of 14 episodes, but later emerged that not all the episodes would be broadcast in 2012 – some would air in 2013 instead. The BBC claimed that this was because of Steven Moffat’s commitments to Sherlock, the modern-day “re-imaging” of Sherlock Holmes, but the writer himself denied this was the reason. It’s possible that budget cuts at the BBC could be the reason why the corporation is spreading the seventh season over two years – so that raises the interesting question of whether they would do the same with Torchwood should the new season prove just as popular as Children of Earth.