Captain Jack Harkness has never been a man to set your watch by, but patiently waiting fans of Torchwood are going to have to wait awhile longer, and not for the rogue time agent, but for series creator Russell T. Davies.
Following the general success of Torchwood: Miracle Day, Starz has expressed interest in the idea of a fifth season of the Doctor Who spin off–but in a recent interview Chris Albrecht, CEO of Starz gave some insight regarding the shows future and showrunner Russell T Davies:
You know, Russell is so busy. Obviously, we’re in touch with the BBC all the time. They are our partners on DaVinci’s Demons and the Harem project. We told them, we stand by ready for any news, but I think it would be a while before Russell came back to Torchwood.
Last summer Davies returned home to Manchester, which put some of his current North American projects on the back burner –including Torchwood and his new upcoming Showtime series Cucumber. The sudden move back to the UK did, however, allow Davies to focus on some of his UK projects, like the forthcoming CBBC children’s show Wizards vs. Aliens.
Wizards vs. Aliens revolves around a 16-year-old wizard and his scientist best friend as they battle to stop an alien invasion. The series, aimed at young kids, reunites Davies with the same production team of Doctor Who spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures, also created by Davies, which came to an end due to the death of its lead actress, Elisabeth Sladen.
Torchwood: Miracle Day turned out to be a fairly fruitful union for UK’s BBC Worldwide and US network Starz. Although the reviews were mixed, the ratings were solid and fan approval was good. Even with other projects in the works – including main star John Barrowman who has landed the lead role in a new Shonda Rhimes-created pilot, Gilded Lilys - the cast of Torchwood are still open and optimistic to a fifth series, whenever it may come.
Eve Myles, who plays the gun-toting Gwen Cooper, gave her thoughts on the status of the sci-fi spin-off; “John [Barrowman] is very much on the same page as me, in that if and when they need us, they can just pick the phone up and we will be there before they’ve even put the phone down, because it’s something we love doing.”
So there you have it. The ball is pretty much completely in Russell T Davies hands, and as a self-proclaimed procrastinator, even he may not know when Torchwood will return. This most likely isn’t the end of Torchwood, but rather a longer than expected break that fans are just going to have to bear for now. Until a fifth season can be produced, Torchwood fans can hold on to the possibility that Captain Jack MIGHT appear in the Doctor Who 50th anniversary next year, or relive Torchwood: Miracle Day again which landed on DVD/Blu-Ray this week.
More on the fate of Torchwood when updates are available
Source: Doctor Who News