By now, you know all about Torchwood: Miracle Day's premise that one day, no one on Earth dies, right? Well, Russell T Davies has just made a big, whopping heck of an announcement about the upcoming 10-part BBC/Starz series. Need we say *spoilers*, everyone?
In an exclusive interview with Aol TV, Torchwood executive producer and creator Russell T Davies has made a major reveal that may come as a bit of a shock but actually makes complete and perfect sense.
While discussing the fact that Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) has undergone a lot of changes ever since the character was first introduced as a charming "con man"/Time Agent in the Doctor Who episode "The Empty Child" back in 2005—and especially during the events of Torchwood: Children of Earth two years ago when he lost his lover, Ianto Jones (Gareth David-Lloyd), and sacrificed the life of his own grandson in order to save Earth's children—Davies shared a startling spoiler (in short, he spilled the beans) about what's coming up for Captain Jack:
Well he's literally, physically different. He's mortal. Everyone else is immortal, he's mortal. It's the biggest switch in the show, which we did in order to give us new insights into Jack ...I [there can be] a great passivity and inertia when it comes to characters on shows that are successful — they keep coming back and they keep being the same. I'd much rather change them.
You've got a great cast, you've got great writers, why keep doing the same old stuff? We should all move into new areas. Look where we are with this strange, weird, hybrid Welsh-American show. We couldn't have started with this, because it's too odd. It's a rolling stone that's gathered moss. And that's come from pushing and changing all the time. I love where we did end up, which has odd flavors and tastes sometimes, but here we are.
It's part of the story, but the greatest thing you can do is offer a new look into the character. It's not fundamentally altering the character, it's fundamentally altering the rules — the character stays the same, that's the glorious thing. [The idea is to] put them in situations where there are new rules, new trials, new victories, new losses, and see who they are, that's the point. That's what they're there for, these fictional people.
Does that mean that Captain Jack may indeed really die in Miracle Day? We don't think so, and of course Davies won't reveal that either, but things may get very dangerous and serious for our fearless Torchwood team leader.
"It's very hard to prove he's mortal without killing him," Davies adds, "So that's going to be interesting. Some clever things to come."
We're looking forward to your clever ideas, Mr. Davies.
How about YOU? And are you surprised by that twist?