BBC Worldwide have announced “two major co-production deals” with Canadian broadcaster, CBC for the first series of Torchwood and the third series of Doctor Who.
The press release refers to Torchwood as “a dark, clever and wild British crime sci-fi thriller from the extraordinary writer of Doctor Who, Russell T Davies. The series follows the adventures of a team of investigators, led by the enigmatic Captain Jack (John Barrowman).
Set in the UK in 2006, the team use scavenged alien technology in a very real world to solve crime; both alien and human. “
Announcing the deal Hilary Read, Chief Operating Officer, BBC Worldwide Canada Ltd, said: “We have a long standing production relationship with the CBC and we are delighted to be partnering with them again on such exciting projects. CBC has recognized the unique quality and originality of Torchwood and as the Canadian home for Doctor Who they are the perfect fit for the new series.”
Julie Gardner, Head of Drama, BBC Wales and Doctor Who Executive Producer added: “Canada has taken Doctor Who to its heart with passion and enthusiasm. I am delighted that our working relationship with CBC means that the Doctor and the TARDIS will rematerialize on CBC screens for the third series and that it will be joined by Russell T Davies’ thrilling new series, Torchwood”.
Speaking for CBC Televsion Kirstine Layfield, Executive Director, Network Programming commented: “CBC is proud to supplement our overwhelmingly Canadian schedule with the best of the rest of the world, and our British programming has struck a real chord with audiences here. We’re delighted with the success of Doctor Who, and we’re sure Torchwood will prove equally popular.”