Whilst chatting away to promote the latest series of Torchwood, actor John Barrowman has revealed his thoughts about the identity of his show.
“It’s still sci-fi, but it doesn’t just deal with spaceships and aliens all the time… Our sister show, Doctor Who, is the one that does that…we’re something completely different now… Our science fiction is more psychological.”
We’re paraphrasing here but the point stands that the actor is incredibly accurate.
When Russell T Davies and his mob created Torchwood back in 2006, the show was much more of a direct spin off. You can see that Davies had the whole Buffy/Angel idea in his head and wanted to play that out as he has gone on record as being a big fan.
Torchwood started life very similarly to Angel. The handsome warrior relocating to another part of the world to fight the good fight, with a tortured soul and a mysterious past, trying to do good even though he has committed a multitude of sins. The first series even contains the same style of “sweeping over the city” shots that the Angel camera crew liked to do!
But that all changed from the second series, as Torchwood found its footing it couldn’t help but evolve. The show we now look forward to is in the format that it always should have been. Yes, it’s a spin off from Doctor Who but it’s a very loose connection – it’s a big universe out there and everyone’s story is different. This is where the first series fell down slightly; it was trying too hard to be something that it really wasn’t.
So here’s to Torchwood being a different show to Doctor Who. Something that grew from it but is emphatically not the same at all. You might say that it developed a new life in The New World.
Long may it continue.