‘Torchwood’ Creator Says Season 5 is in Limbo, May Debut in 10 or 20 Years

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Torchwood season 5 Torchwood Creator Says Season 5 is in Limbo, May Debut in 10 or 20 Years

When we previously brought the news that series 5 of the BBC’s hit Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood was being placed on indefinite hold, we promised to keep fans updated on any info that might arise.

Now, according to showrunner Russell T. Davies, the news is… exactly the same.

Appearing last Saturday on comedian Graham Norton’s BBC radio show, Davies chatted mostly about his current television project Wizards vs Aliens, but also touched upon the status of Torchwood, saying that the fan favorite sci-fi drama, while not quite “dead,” is in television limbo:

“I loved making it over there [in the USA], and I would have carried on if circumstances hadn’t brought me back to this country, so it’s kind of in limbo for me at the moment. I’m not working on it at the moment, I’m only working on ‘Wizards VS. Aliens.’ When I get back to work one day, I don’t know, it’ll be old news to the BBC!

“It’s not officially [cancelled], it’s in a nice limbo where it can stew – those shows can come back in ten, twenty years time.”

On the one hand, Davies’ recent statement isn’t exactly the most reassuring thing for eager fans desperately waiting to see more of the continuing saga of the immortal Captain Jack Harkness – on the other hand, it’s also not a “no” as to whether or not series 5 will happen. Despite a few mixed reviews, last season’s Torchwood: Miracle Day – which took the series across the pond to the USA in a joint effort between the BBC and the Starz Network – was highly praised for its ambitious storyline and casting choices.

Torchwood season 5 Russell T Davies Torchwood Creator Says Season 5 is in Limbo, May Debut in 10 or 20 Years‘Torchwood’ creator Russell T. Davies

With the ever-growing popularity of parent show Doctor Who and Torchwood: Miracle Day’s strong ratings, Starz has maintained interest in making a series 5 whenever Davies is ready. Starz CEO Chris Albrecht added to Davies ‘maybe someday’ statement by saying:

“You know, Russell is so busy. Obviously, we’re in touch with the BBC all the time. We told them, we stand by ready for any news, but I think it would be a while before Russell came back to ‘Torchwood.’”

Even Captain Jack himself, actor John Barrowman, hasn’t given up hope on once again donning his trademark military peacoat. Currently starring on the CW’s superhero drama Arrow, Barrowman expressed interest in a Torchwood movie should a season 5 not happen. Barrowman said:

“I’m not going to talk about the future of ‘Torchwood’ beyond where we are, but if I said I wouldn’t love to have Captain Jack on the big screen, I’d be lying”

So there it is again: Everyone is down for a Torchwood series 5 if creator Russell T. Davies can find the time. While it may be some time before Torchwood comes back to earth, disappointed fans can hold on to the hope that Captain Jack Harkness will make an appearance in the big 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who, which is expected to start filming next spring.


Source: Doctor Who News

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  1. I was thinking the same thing that FangirlArielle posted on her comment. It will be years and people do get older and who’s to say what the actors will be like in 10 to 20 years from the time he said he might do another one if he had the time.

    And of course Jon has a point were 10,000 years could go by to make him look older. But, from the beginning in all his pictures he is the same. Could be that giving the other actor his blood made him age some like sharing 1/2 his life span, if they were to come back and all the actors are older now. That could be one way to show why he got older.

    And the show was a great hit, we all loved it. I think they should hire more writers to get a new Season 5 started at least. Why end a good thing :)

  2. Why cant someone else do the next series mite aswell i got this one Russell T. Davies let me have it

  3. Okay, so I have this idea, though waiting 10-20 years is /not/ ideal, if they do end up waiting 20 years, they could have a new Torchwood Team, and who better to run it then Anwen Cooper-Williams? Just imagine Anwen fighting monsters while Gwen and Rhys sat at home, trying to convince her to let them help? But it would be ideal for Torchwood to come back within the next 3-5 years.


  4. I liked the early years of Torchwood. They fought aliens, sometimes PO’d the authorities, but were always considered a force for good. They were outsiders, but not outcasts. It really went downhill when they became everyone’s enemy. And Miracle Day totally sucked.

    In Dr. Who, Jack mentioned that he didn’t remain constant – every time he failed to die he did somehow change just a little bit. And at one point it was hinted that The Face of Boe was really him after an immense amount of time. By that point he looks nothing like the original, so there is precedent for changing his looks (to a different actor) though it would have to include makeup to make him clearly diverging from his human form.

    Also, the original Jack Harkness flirted with anyone and everyone regardless of gender or species. That made him quite a fascinating futuristic character. The Torchwood Jack was almost completely early 21st century gay male with all of the pretentiousness that comes with it. Rein it in a bit, guys. It’s fine to sprinkle in sexual inuendo, even a lot of it, but this seems a bit too much like preaching and detracts too much from the plots. Get Jack back into the 50th century where/when he came from. I know, many will call this gay-bashing, but it isn’t. It’s about keeping the series focused: go save the earth from aliens and let Barrowman use the resulting fame to push his message to the public.

  5. Maybe that is the answer. If we are all waiting for Russell to make up his mind, we will apparently be waiting for decades. Perhaps a groundswell of clamoring fans would persuade Russell to hand over the reins of Torchwood to someone who isn’t too busy doing other junk to continue one of the most popular sci-fi programs in history. Maybe someone could convince Steven Spielberg to grab the brass ring and bring continuity and clarity to the Torchwood Universe. Everything Spielberg touches turns to gold, so it would make mucho monetary sense to let him delve into the Torchwood series and flesh it out.
    While we’re on that topic, what about a new E.T. with the same characters as they are now, after E.T. finds a way to come back to earth and reunites with Elliott? C’mon, Kathleen, get your thinking cap on and come up with something to continue the saga.

    • You know the reason RTD isn’t finishing or continuing Torchwood right? It’s because it was never what he really wanted it to be. He wanted Gwen as main character, not Jack. That’s why the writers wrote Gwen as such an annoying character..

  6. bring back torchwood – I am bloody pissed if this is the end for the series
    I need torchwood to live on
    I do anything to see a season 5

    • I totally agree with you i just watched all four seasons in two weeks. This show really pulls you into it. I was sad we the writer wrote of ianto but it gave a new side to jack that we may have never seen. Any way this is a show that I need to watch!

  7. we are amazed at jhon barrowman at playing caption jack

  8. I would really like for more of Torchwood. I have enjoyed the show for a while now. It would be great to continue it now that Mekhi Phifer also has the same effects as Captain Jack Harkness. I personally think that it would be a great turn out if this would continue. Millions of fans out there would be grateful.

    • You know, if Torchwood was to be left 10 or so years since its last showing to stew until the producer can find the time to produce the season, let’s let Miracle Day be something of an indirect cause to allow him to resume aging, or at least show him in some way that he is aging.

      The first supposed appearance of Boe in humankind history as we know, is as early as around 200,000 AD, during the 9th Doctor’s 2nd place of destination since his regeneration, the other being in the far future, with Earth’s and the Sun’s final days.

      So if we count the number of years between somewhere in the 1800′s when his time travel device refused to function to about the year 200,000 where we find the earliest, not the first, mention of Boe. That’ll take him about 198,200 years. How? Maybe seasons five/six could focus on time passing quickly with slowly developing “facial features of Boe” or his telepathy first. Or maybe it could be an accident from one of the three Time Lords: River, Missy, or the Doctor, a last time travel to “deport” Torchwood somewhere in the future before the year 200,000, with maybe some medical science to make Jack metamorphacize rapidly due to a reaction.

      If the time lords are going to get involved, then it *has* to be one of those three, but considering the pattern, I’d say the Doctor will most likely show up. Time travel in during the spin-off’s has already been used once, all thanks to his brother Gray ins some way, so why not a second time, or maybe a final, third time? If we’re to show Jack’s evolution, then it has to be one of those ways without losing the main cast other than Jack due to too large a time skip either in the story or the time the seasons were produced or both.