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Torchwood - Russell T Davies talks Miracle Day, Children Of Earth, and a Torchwood movie?





For Torchwood, it's been quite a journey. Starting off as a Doctor Who spin-off on BBC Three, it's developed an identity and scale over the years, the peak of which, so far, was the five-part mini-series, Torchwood: Children Of Earth.

Now, though, Torchwood has gone global, with its fourth series, Miracle Day. Co-produced and financed with Starz in the USA, we caught up with Russell T Davies at the UK unveiling of Miracle Day to find out what's what...

Note: there's a spoiler for the last series of Torchwood, Children Of Earth, in this interview.

One thing I've really enjoyed about Torchwood is that it's always been a show that's burnt its bridges as it goes along.

[Laughs] That's one way of putting it!

In a narrative sense, you've never given yourself a way back, and the way you left things at the end of Children Of Earth, you did that again. And that, presumably, is the plan again here?

Well, I can't tell you how it ends. I like what you're saying, and I'm glad you spotted that. It's a deliberate trend, because it's quite easy to end nice and safely and comfortably, and I always think it's a miracle if you come back. So, it's just more interesting than the other endings that are on offer.

Was Miracle Day the story that you had in mind at the end of Children Of Earth?

Yes. It was already in my head. It was the story that, if it was going to come back, this is the story that we would have done. But Children Of Earth could have died a death. None of us expected it to do as well as it did. I thought it'd do alright, and I was very proud of it as a piece of work. But you can't guarantee that good pieces of work will get an audience.

But the fact that we won five nights of the week, in a row, some nights we beat EastEnders, was amazing. We were amazed by that.



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