Russell T Davies is a permanent fixture across the UK media-focussed websites and has spent quiet a bit of time chatting with The Stage.
They get through quite a bit of stuff in the first part of the interview (we’ll come back to it later) and in amongst all of the reformatting, 5 parter with different writers and a a smaller Torchwood team chat RTD deals withe Midwich Cuckoos/Village of the Damned comparisons many have made.
Itâ€™s a bit unfortunate that one of the kids is very blond! When they put the trail together for episode one, that kidâ€™s very distinct! You saw that trail and thought, Oh God, itâ€™s like Village of the Damned! Itâ€™s not. Theyâ€™re not getting powers, theyâ€™re not going to be psychic and taking over the world. Theyâ€™re just voices, thatâ€™s all.
But there is that marvellous Village of the Damned feel, that when stuff happens to kids itâ€™s freaky. It really unnerves you.
Some are foreground, some you choose specially to standâ€¦ some of them pull briliant faces. Some you pick out. Itâ€™s an awful lot of work. But good â€” thereâ€™s something so unnerving about it.
They scared the bejeebus out of me…
Some might even suggest that you can’t do freaky children in sci-fi without those comparisons. I would say that they’re wrong, and should gop and read a book instead of thinking too hard…