Torchwood Season 4 due 2011: darker than ever

torchwood_togetherIf you enjoyed the critically acclaimed 2009 mini-series Torchwood: Children of Earth (which was a lot better than Torchwood's second season), you'll be pleased to hear that John Barrowman (Captain Jack) and Eve Myles (Gwen) will return for a fourth Torchwood season July 2011. Series creator and producer Russell T. Davies has revealed that season 4 will be much darker than the last. Torchwood: Children Of Earth saw the death of a number of key characters and a final decision by Captain Jack that led to a distinctly downbeat ending.

(Season 3 spoiler alert!)

Talking to SFX magazine, Davies said he thought people found something very compelling and very chilling about Torchwood: Children of the Earth.

"I love the way people got on their high horse saying, 'Oh, he killed his grandson!' Hello! He saved every single child in the world! If you would fail to do that then you're the monster," he said. "...If ever a word is said out of place by the Doctor or Captain Jack, or even by Sarah Jane sometimes, people throw their hands up in horror, whereas in any other drama any character is capable of any thing at any time. That's the only way to write, and it's the same for these people as well. I thought it was fascinating and challenging what he did there, but hard—it was so hard. I do think with the whole of Children Of Earth we found a new heartland for Torchwood."

Torchwood Season 4 will be a joint production between US based cable channel Starz, BBC Wales and BBC Worldwide.

"For faithful viewers you'll see the same people in the same world, following on," Davies announced. "Though it also starts from scratch, because there's a brand new Starz audience there... waiting to be scooped up. But I restarted Doctor Who in 2005 from scratch, so I know what I'm doing."

"It's still Gwen, it's still Jack, and hopefully more. You'll feel very comfortable with it. And there's great new American characters coming into it."

I'm all for another season of Torchwood, but I'm hoping that even though it's a joint production with US cable company Starz, Davies and his team don't try and pander to a US audience. The results of taking a uniquely British show and attempting to create some type of US/UK hybrid could be disastrous.

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