By: Will Harris (email@example.com)
Interview Date: 01/07/2011
Run Date: 03/11/2011
When we walked into the panel for the new season of “Torchwood” during the 2011 Winter TCA Press Tour, we literally only knew two things about the series’ return: it will now be broadcast on Starz, and Mekhi Phifer and Bill Pullman are going to be part of the cast. We thought we knew a third thing – that the subtitle of the series would be “The New World” – but when series mastermind Russell T. Davies took the stage a few moments later to make his brief introductory remarks, we found out that we had been wrong.
“The first announcement is we have no footage to show you,” said Davies. “We have a title. This has been working under the working title of ‘The New World,’ but that was a secret title to hide the real title, which is now beknown as ‘Torchwood: Miracle Day.’ That’s what this show is about, and the premise is a miracle that happens to the world. It’s as simple as this: one day on Earth, no one dies. Not a single person on Earth dies. The next day, no one dies. The next day, no one dies, and on and on and on. Now, the sixth day, the old stay old and keep getting older, the dying keep dying, but…no one quite dies. The possibility of death ceases to exist. Great news for some people, but globally — and that’s what the whole show is about, actually — it’s an instant overnight population boom where, suddenly, the Earth relies on people dying. That’s how the whole system works: the food, the room, the temperature. So, suddenly, you’ve got a crisis affecting everyone on the planet…and that’s where the Torchwood team and our brand-new characters come in.” Read the full interview here.