Starz Willing to Wait for ‘Torchwood’ Season 5 Until Russell T. Davies is Ready

Published 4 years ago by , Updated July 18th, 2014 at 9:56 am,

Miracle Day Starz1 Starz Willing to Wait for Torchwood Season 5 Until Russell T. Davies is Ready

After four episodes, Torchwood: Miracle Day is approaching the halfway mark of its ten episode run. During that time, the show has picked-up enough of an audience to have the powers that be thinking about the future of the series, and when the show might be ready for a fifth season.

According to Starz CEO Chris Albrecht, while they would like to see the series again, it’s really in the hands of series creator Russell T. Davies – whose busy schedule includes the development of the new series Cucumber for Showtime.

In a statement made during the Television Critics Association press tour, Albrecht said, “Torchwood is not one of the shows we went into thinking about a yearly return. [Davies] has a lot of things on his plate. If Torchwood is at the top of his list, that will affect the future of Torchwood.”

Albrecht’s statements should help quell any fear that series’ future may be in jeopardy – or has been put in some sort of development limbo. For fans of the series, however, the notion of a large gap between seasons is nothing new. The third season, Torchwood: Children of Earth, ended its run nearly two years before Miracle Day touched down in early July.

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So, like the end of that season, fans will just have to be patient for more Torchwood, once Miracle Day wraps up in September.

Albrecht’s comments go a long way in illustrating Starz’s commitment to their programming and the individuals responsible for bringing the projects to fruition. Much like the manner in which the network handled the Spartacus delay – following Andy Whitfield’s illness and subsequent departure – Starz seems content to wait, rather than rush an unrefined product to television. Allowing Davies the opportunity to work on another show – while keeping Torchwood ready for his return – is undoubtedly the right move.

One interesting aspect from this proposal is the growing trend in lengthier hiatuses between seasons. As we have seen recently with the long-awaited return of Curb Your Enthusiasm and Breaking Bad, networks like HBO, Starz and AMC are no longer clinging to the notion that a series needs to stick to a regimented year-after-year schedule.

Much like the shift to shorter seasons that see many cable and premium channel programs now hovering around the 10-12 episode range, the intended benefit of longer intervals may mean audiences will see a marked increase in the overall quality of television programs – something Curb is currently experiencing.

With any luck, Torchwood will be back sooner rather than later, but fans should find some solace in the fact that Starz will likely be waiting when it’s ready.


Torchwood: Miracle Day airs Friday nights @10pm on Starz

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  1. If we have to wait too long for Torchwood, there can’t be a Captain Jack – he can’t grow old. Therefore I predict that Series 5 will never happen. If it does and there is no Captain Jack, that will be odd, as we know from Dr Who that he survives for a tremendous amount of time. In fact, leaveit oo long and Gwen will be too old as well.

    • I correct myself – of course he can grow old, as we know he becomes the Face of Bo (didn’t you nearly cry in that episode?) but it is an immensely long process. So please Russell T. – please give us more Torchwood soon! It isn’t unusual for writers to intend to write another series of something and then not have time. Eventually it is simply too late. I read a comment further back from someone who likes series to link. It seems as though the new regime of Dr Who has no connection with Torchwood in the way that the Tennant era series did, and of course there are new Dr Who writers and producers. If for no other reason, I believe we have seen the end of Torchwood. Sad. Sad.

      • You forget one possibility. Time travel. They could easily come up with some reason for the Jack from the present to disappear, and another Jack a couple million years forward to come back in time to Torchwood.

  2. You are forgetting one big thing. Torchwood is a BBC production and property and it would not be unusual for them to take it back in house and take it in a completely different direction. Co production with Starz is, at best, an experiment and a not entirely successful one either. Its Americanisation of the programme does not sit well with its UK viewers, nor its complete disconnection with Dr Who, its parent programme. It also suffers from ‘writing by committee’ rather than having a few proven single writers. Oh… and a ten episode story is far too long. This particular series could have been wrapped up with three 2-hour long episodes.

    • Don’t know what you were watching Stuart, but the rest of us see a lot more in our imagination than you seem to be able to envision. This series has tons of possibilities for exciting episodes!!! And, the cast is great!

  3. Please bring Torchwood back. I love this show.

  4. I just finish watching Torchwood for the second time.
    its americanization doesn’t bother me. I love this show too much.
    I just want my Torchwood back in a new season.

    Do one of you know when Season 5 is gonna be out pleaaaaaaaaaaaase?

    • I agree bring back Torchwood!!

  5. I loved Torchwood, but I have to admit that Miracle Day was a bit lengthy in getting to the point.
    Still, I want this show back – with Captain Jack.

  6. Please bring back torchwood! One of the best shows! i love Captain Jack

  7. Please bring Torchwood back! I am surprised it still hasn’t continued. Torchwood was a brilliant show that I thought could be just as long running as Dr. Who if done right. Please bring it back and with Captain Jack!

  8. Bring Torchwood Back! The miracle Day was Briliant, don’t believe the insult that this failed. I’m looking at it now and want to see what happens after show number 10!!!!!

  9. There has got to be a way to show these gits that the PEOPLE want this show. I agree it went away from the crazy theme of the BBC show when they did Miracle Day but really the show was GOOD! The whole aging thing IS SO SUPER IMPORTANT! Come on BBC or STARZ from Wales to the USA the audience it there!!! JUST DO IT!

  10. Please bring back torchwood, it’s a great show and needs to continue.

  11. In my opinion, the character of Captain Jack Harkness is one of the most creative and interesting characters around. Even if they don’t bring Torchwood back, RTD could simply bring the character back in a new show that has him traveling through time and space. It could also crossover into Doctor Who whenever the opportunity presents itself.

    The crossover will be tough now with Moffat wanting to pretty much clean house and take Who in a very different direction, but the possibility of a “Harkness” show is still viable.

  12. One would think that Russell, despite his personal problems and issues, would want to continue with the Torchwood saga because of its huge fanbase. It is almost as if The Godfather 2 left you hanging and never filmed the next chapter. So many people are invested in the characters and their lives, even though we all (supposedly) know that these are fictional people in a fictional universe. The people we watch are real to US, the viewers, and we agonize and ache over every bad thing that happens to them as if they were family members. The fans want resolution, we want to know what happens to all these individuals, we want to know if Gwen convinces Jack to turn her into an immortal and share the infinite future with her. Is that so hard to fathom?

  13. Absolutely loved Torchwood. All 4 seasons were fantastic. All the characters were great. You have to bring back Capt. Jack Harkness, he’s the center of it all. And I luv Gwen and Rhys, they are perfect together. I would like to see Rhys have a more exciting role. Was sorry the others were killed off the series but I guess thats what keeps you wanting more! Can’t wait to see what’s ahead for Rex…He was a great addition to the show. Sometimes I turn on Netflix on a Friday morning and start w/Season 1. I don’t turn it off until I’m done w/Season 4, that’s how much I enjoy watching it. Please bring back Torchwood w/Capt. Jack, Rex, Gwen and Rhys. Will be waiting for their return to the screen and all the excitement they’ll bring along with them…Great Imagination and Great Writing…Such a huge fan of the show—Thank You BBC/Starz!!

  14. IMPATIENTLY WAITING yup I screamed that

  15. I’d like to see Starz take over Doctor Who.


    They have more money and could afford to do a 26 episode series with far better special effects.

    Series eight is almost over and it will probably be at least ten months until series nine begins, assuming there aren’t any delays like there were between series seven and series eight.

    They’d still have the same people working for the show, the only difference would be an organization with more money to fund this incredible show.

  16. Bring it back and for heaven’s sake please keep it Welsh.