Much like “Doctor Who” did a minor reboot of itself earlier this year, its spin-off series “Torchwood” is set to do the same with the upcoming fourth season of the show which premieres on Starz next Summer.
Entitled “Torchwood: The New World”, the story follows CIA agent Rex Matheson and an analyst named Esther who are trying to stop an alien menace.
As the setting is after the events of ‘Children of Earth’, Torchwood itself has long been disbanded and is now a legend talked about only in whispers at the highest echelons.
The threat forces the pair to find out what Torchwood was and seek out the surviving members of the crew. Soon, Captain Jack (John Barrowman) and Gwen (Eve Myles) come together with the new duo to once again save the world.
Like ‘Children’, the ten-episode season will be a single story arc, and the threat itself is “far more complicated than just a monster” creator Russell T. Davies told Blastr recently.
The now famously bleak ending of ‘Children’ will not carry over to ‘World’, as Jack’s first appearance will involve him “running and fighting and being brilliant”. However the grief over the events of ‘Children’ will be handled – “He was left very dispirited and almost defeated at the end of the last series, which we acknowledge and we deal with in a language that will both satisfy old fans and also will move forward into the future.”
Davies confirms Harkness’ famous omnisexual traits will remain very much intact, and Gwen’s husband Rhys (Kai Owen) and child are a “very big part of events” with Gwen & Rhys being a “husband/wife great big crime-fighting team and happily in love”.
Davies himself will be penning some of the scripts alongside writers like Jane Espenson (“Buffy,” “Battlestar Galactica”), Doris Egan (“Tru Calling”) John Shiban (“The X-Files,” “Breaking Bad”) and ‘Children’ co-scribe John Fay. Filming is to be split between L.A. and Cardiff and kicks off in January.
One person keen to come back is “Buffy” star James Marsters, the actor telling io9 he’d love to reprise his role of Captain John Hart from the show’s second season.