Torchwood writer: Here's why Miracle Day was such a failure

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Feb 19, 2013, 10:45 AM EST

Even a year and a half later, the major critical failure of Torchwood: Miracle Day still resonates among the fans. And even among ex-Torchwood writers.

Chris Chibnall—who wrote for Doctor Who and Torchwood and has a new U.K. series called Broadchurch (an eight-part drama that stars former 10th Doctor David Tennant and former 11th Doctor companion Arthur Darville)—has recently criticized the last Torchwood opus.

If you  recall, Miracle Day ran for 10 episodes in the summer of 2011 and was a co-production between the BBC and Starz. Expectations were high for this series, which was following the superb Torchwood: Children of Earth. Massive, almost impossible shoes to fill.

In a fascinating and lengthy interview with Starburst, Chibnall said:

“Whether you like or dislike Torchwood, it has an essence—of madness and cheekiness and sexiness, and fun and darkness, those sort of polar facets of what it's about, of putting those things together—and somehow it lost a bit of that somewhere in the process."
“When we were first talking about it, it was something a bit bolder, a bit cheekier. It may just come back to the fact that one of the great essences of Torchwood was taking those American tropes and doing them in Wales.
“In a way, that's what made Torchwood so brilliantly odd. Once you put it in California, it becomes more like other shows.”

Chibnall, who created the canceled-after-just-one-season Camelot for Starz that same year, also throws doubt about the possibility of a new Torchwood series, saying:

“It's entirely down to [creator] Russell [T Davies]—I would expect he will have other things he'll want to write, to be honest.”

So do you believe it’s basically over for any new Torchwood? And do you also agree with Chris Chibnall's reasoning as to why Miracle Day failed?

(Starburst via Digital Spy)