R.T. Davies on 'Torchwood'

torchwood_4_cropCollider.com inteviewed producers Russell T Davies (DOCTOR WHO) and Julie Gardner about the new international version of TORCHWOOD, which is being made by the BBC and the U.S. STARZ Network.
 Asked about the the themes of the 10-part miniseries, TORCHWOOD: THE NEW WORLD, Russell Davies had this to say.

” It’s just heartfelt, really. What I mean by that is that the central issue goes to the heart of every one of us and every family. The questions it asks will cut right beneath your everyday life of work, sleep, food and family, and goes right to the heart of who we are and why we’re here. I think we’ll challenge you and disturb you.
It’s the intensity of that ambition that’s the most fascinating thing. That sounds really vague, but the moment you know the initial core concept, everything I’m saying will make sense and start to click into place in your brain. You’ll say, “Oh, right, I see where this is heading.” The questions never really stop. That’s the fun of it.”

Davies confirmed that the storyline will cover all 10 episodes.

“A whole 10 hours is a long time for a story to roll, but there’s that much power behind it. It’s self-generating, really. It’s very exciting. It’s a proper, intelligent examination of some very big issues.
…The monster-of-the-week stories were brilliant, in their day, in Torchwood, but having discovered this new format, I think it’s more ambitious and intelligent. It allows you to stop and take pause and look at the world. Those ambitions are admirable. While I’m on the show, that will never stop. While the show keeps running, we’ll never go back to the week-to-week stories.”

Talking about the international flavor of the new show, Julie Gardner revealed the following:

“We have some U.K. settings and stories, and then a lot of it moves to America. That’s what we mean by international. There’s a big global threat at the heart of it, and we see the implications play out in those two countries, predominantly.”

Davies also confirmed that lining up with the show’s two-year hiatus, about that much time will have passed in the characters world, as well—though the script is not specific about that subject.
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