The headline says it all, you can stop reading!
More seriously, tonight’s (UK) return of Torchwood was a thrilling testament to the genius of Russell T Davies.
Tasked with the job of producing a new series which appealed both to US-based newcomers and UK Torchwood diehards, Davies more than delivered the goods.
Although most of the show’s opening scenes were based in the US, this was not – as some feared it would be – an Americanisation of the series.
Unlike the Paul McGann Doctor Who TV Movie, this did not feel like a show artificially transplanted to foreign shores. The non-UK – or should that be non-Welsh? – elements of Miracle Day felt natural and organic.
The return of Gwen (Eve Myles), Jack (John Barrowman) and Rhys (Kai Owen) was of course fully expected but in many ways it was the return of PC Andy (Tom Price) and Jack’s use of the alias Owen Harper which firmly cemented the show’s status as part of the ongoing Torchwood series.
These are the insignificant to newcomers, but exciting to fans, touches that I loved about RTD’s time on Doctor Who. As with the parent series, Davies has taken the best elements and the central nub of the original and reinvented it for a new (and in this case, transatlantic) audience.
Though the US influence is so far muted, in any sane world the legions of overpaid BBC executives would have provided full funding for the series and retained total ownership over it.
Sadly while (or because) millions can be spent on vacuous airheads who merely read out loud, vanity projects and private healthcare for the BBC’s upper echelons, the world class drama which used to define the BBC must go begging to foreign networks for funding.
Still, it’s outcomes which matter and, for the first time ever, Torchwood currently outshines almost anything else the BBC is offering, including its parent show.