SDCC 2009: Russell Davies Talks 'Torchwood'


Torchwood has returned this summer with Children of Earth. But what's next for the team after this five-episode saga? When will we see the show return in a complete season? We joined a select few journalists at Comic-Con yesterday and put these questions to producer Russell T. Davies – the main man behind all things Torchwood (and Doctor Who). Find out what he told us after the jump.

Was it difficult [writing] some of the things that you've written for Torchwood, in regards to the characters and what happens to them?
It is a good story told well, and it's simply my job to do that stuff.   I kill people that I've brought to life.  These non-writers who use terms like Mary Sue.  There's no good writer that's spoken like that "It's just nonsense that you're in love with your character.  It's simply much more than that…it goes much deeper than that and it's a lot more technical if you've done the proper job.

Did you go into Torchwood knowing how this was going to end [for those that have died]?

No, it was a year-by-year decision.  At the beginning I thought those two were doomed. 

You know in the very first episode I killed off one of the Torchwood team.  My agenda was absolutely there, right from the start so how it takes anyone by surprise I'm not sure about…  Literally when someone dies in Torchwood, they die young, and that's how it's been ever since."

Will Torchwood be back next year?

We truly don't know and we were talking about it last night.  No one in the BBC has had a chance to have a meeting yet.  They're in London, they're in Cardiff… I mean it looks good.  The company was delighted by the response and the view figures have tripled, so that's not bad in this day and age.  But we are in the middle of a recession; no one is giving money away anymore.  And its public money, so at the BBC it's very hard won.  That's not to say anyone is protesting about money or anything…television is hard these days.  So we shall see.  I don't think there will be a proposition for months to come yet.

What would you actually like to see in the "possible" next season?  What sort of episode count, would it be the full season or the five-parter format?

I'm not sure about the number-of-episodes case – obviously the more episodes there are the more work it is for people.  I do love a continuous story, I couldn't imagine going back to monster of the week after that.  That is until someone at the BBC comes back and says we'll give you five-million quid for monster-of-the-week.  Let's be honest.

Will be getting some more info or closure on Jack's story in the next season or episodes of Doctor Who?

What on earth makes you think Jack might be in Doctor Who? [Laughs.] You'll just have to watch.