Pullman, Phifer Enlist In “Torchwood”

Bill Pullman, Mekhi Phifer, Alexa Havins and Arlene Tur have all joined the cast of the fourth season of “Torchwood” which is now going by the moniker “Torchwood: Miracle Day” reports Inside TV.

An official synopsis of the new season has been released and reveals the central storyline over the ten episodes:

“One day, nobody dies. All across the world, nobody dies. And then the next day, and the next, and the next, people keep aging – they get hurt and sick – but they never die. The result: a population boom, overnight. With all the extra people, resources are finite. it’s said that in four months’ time, the human race will cease to be viable. But this can’t be a natural event – someone’s got to be behind it.

it’s a race against time as C.I.A. agent Rex Matheson investigates a global conspiracy. The answers lie within an old, secret British institute. As Rex keeps asking “What is Torchwood?” he’s drawn into a world of adventure, and a threat to change what it means to be human, forever.”

While Phifer plays Matheson, Pullman plays “a convicted murderer and a pedophile. And I’m put through lethal injections to be executed, and I live. That’s the beginning [of the series]”. Despite the new characters though, both John Barrowman’s immortal Captain Jack and Eve Myles’ Gwen Cooper remain very much the front and center of the show.

Due to the show now being shared with the Starz network and being on a new channel in the US, show creator Russell T. Davies calls it a “new start…it’s a new launch” for the series. Format wise however they are sticking with the success of the third season “Children of Earth” – namely one season-long storyline with a shocking but well wrapped up conclusion.

Like CoE, it’ll also explore the various aspects of its central dilemma – “What ‘Torchwood’ does in its new iteration is take a new concept, an event, and simply drops that information in the middle of all our lives. The science-fiction of it is to say what are we going to do now? What will the government do now? What will our children do now? Some of the answers are beautiful and brilliant and some of the answers are terrifying” said Davies during the TCA launch last week.

Shooting kicks off tomorrow on the new season. Reports from the presentation indicate the series is scheduled to premiere simultaneously in the US and UK on July 1st. The BBC has not yet confirmed any airdates, but the network famously doesn’t lock down specific dates on broadcasts until very close to airtime.