TV Squad - Different Look At New Torchwood Writers
- 'Buffy,' 'Breaking Bad' Writers Join 'Torchwood'
by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 6th 2010 7:20PM
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Russell T Davies firms up his 'Torchwood' staff for StarzRussell T. Davies is not only expanding 'Torchwood' internationally for its 2011 debut on Starz, he's also expanding the writing staff. Davies has tapped scribes with some major league credits for the 4th season of the 'Doctor Who' spinoff, which originally aired on BBC and BBC America.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Davies has added John Shiban ('Breaking Bad,' 'Supernatural,' 'The X-Files') and Jane Espenson ('Battlestar Galactica,' 'Buffy,' 'Game of Thrones'), and brought former 'Torchwood' writer John Fay over from the U.K. They will all join him in writing the 10-part season 4.
Davies, who also helmed the 'Doctor Who' revival in 2005, plans to shoot part of the new 'Torchwood' in the U.K., and possibly in North America as well. In 'Torchwood: Children of Earth,' the miniseries that comprised season 3, Torchwood's main base of operations in Cardiff was destroyed, leaving what was left of the team homeless.
John Barrowman is back as Captain Jack Harkness and Eve Myles will once again play Gwen Cooper. But in the aftermath of 'Children of Earth,' how they wind up reconnecting is anybody's guess. Davies has said since the end of season 3, though, that he knew exactly how that would happen.
'Torchwood' fans will have to wait for the summer of 2011 to find out, when the show debuts on Starz in the U.S. and BBC One in the U.K. Other casting decisions are pending.