Torchwood: The New World doesn't even start filming until next year, but did we get big news today! Series creator Russell T. Davies attended the Television Critics Association fall press tour to preview his return to Torchwood and revealed six ways the new Torchwood will be bigger and better than ever before.
There's one event that will take 10 episodes to deal with
Davies isn't telling what kind of global event brings Torchwood back together, but he guarantees it will require the full 10-episode run of The New World when it comes to Starz, the American cable channel.
"It's far more complicated than just a monster," Davies said. "I think it's a brilliant idea, and when you hear it, it will make sense and you'll see how big it is. It could have filled 20 hours. It's a big 10-hour story."
That downer Children of Earth ending? It's all better now
They weren't going to start a new Torchwood in the sad spot the last series ended on. Jack Harkness is back in action.
"He immediately appears. His first appearance in this is running and fighting and being brilliant," Davies said. "Then you'll discover he's carrying all the legacy of that with him, because that would be an awfully dull way to start. That's why you end those shows on that note, because they're ending. We'd never start The New World that way. It's very keen to move on, but at the same time we're going to be absolutely faithful to people who followed Capt. Jack's story and to John Barrowman's career. So we do acknowledge the past stories while at the same time moving on to new stuff. He was left very dispirited and almost defeated at the end of the last series, which we acknowledge and we deal with in a language that will both satisfy old fans and also will move forward into the future."
Jack's a ladies'/men's/aliens' man again
Davies has big plans for Capt. Jack's love life. As you know, that includes both men and women and is not limited to humans.
"He can sleep with man, woman or alien," Davies said. "Yes, absolutely, and not just with men. It's important to point out that he's bisexual. The trap you fall into with bisexual men is only having them sleep with men. So it's men and women. You'll see the full range of his appetites, in a really properly done way. It's not just exploitative. We always have done that. Equally, open sexuality has to include everything, and that means having a husband/wife great big crime-fighting team and happily in love. That's there in that. That's brilliant, so you have to include the whole gamut so you can't just say the minority stuff is the important stuff."
Torchwood takes this fight to America
The global event Davies has planned opens the door for America to join in the fun. The series moves from Wales to the U.S. of A.
"We're going to be in Los Angeles, but we don't start filming until January, so all of this is very early," Davies said. "That's rare. Everyone else is in Canada. It's very exciting to be actually here. America is the heartland of the story. The story moves city in the U.S., so we have some scenes in Washington, we have some scenes in L.A. It's a very, very fast-paced storyline, with a lot of movement. Our intention is absolutely to base ourselves here and work with the best crews and the best actors."
Gwen and Rhys are back as the new Mr. and Mrs. Smith
The Torchwood team is back, but now that Gwen's secret is out, she's partners in action with her husband.
"Gwen, who is the lead woman of the series, has a lovely husband called Rhys, played by Kai Owen, and now a baby between the two of them," Davies said. "So the sight of Gwen Cooper with baby in one arm and gun in the other is going to be our poster, I hope, because that's just going to be irresistible. I can't imagine Gwen without him, and so he's back. He's a very big part of events. By the time this starts, it will have been off air for two years, I think. We're taking a brand-new audience into consideration. Rhys is now ahead of the game, as it were. There are no secrets. They're a team. It's a really lovely thing to write in a storyline is a husband-and-wife team who love each other. They have fun with each other. It's kind of sexy. It's kind of sexy in a really unusual way. So I love that coupling. He's right up there with the team."
They have to work with two new CIA agents
The new American characters will include two CIA agents, Rex and Esther, yet to be cast.
"Rex Matheson has yet to be cast, because we don't film until January," Davies said. "That character is an entrance into the new story. He's a CIA agent. The fact that Torchwood has been off the air for a while and is also brand-new to a lot of people is actually being used as a part of the story in that Rex has no idea what Torchwood is and has to investigate Torchwood. Torchwood was destroyed, disbanded. It's like a legend now. It's like something that ceased to exist a long time ago that's spoken of only in whispers. So Rex is drawn into this, has no choice but to be drawn into this through complications that you will see in the story. Also, he's at the CIA. We also have a watch analyst at the CIA called Esther, who is now friends with Rex but works with colleagues of Rex's. The two of them become embroiled in the Torchwood legend and investigate what Torchwood is or was."