Well, it’s not like we really expected Russell T. Davies to reverse his long-standing position on this.
The “Torchwood” creator, best known to genre fans for his work in reviving the iconic Doctor Who franchise for BBC, says there’s absolutely no chance that you’ll see the Tardis pop up in the world of “Torchwood.” And it has nothing to do with the fact that both shows are now separated by an ocean and Davies is no longer involved with “Doctor Who.”
“No, because actually, The Doctor’s never gone into Torchwood,” Davies told reporters at the American premiere of “Torchwood: Miracle Day” on Monday, courtesy of NME. “It’s always been the other way around. Torchwood’s gone into ‘Doctor Who,’ which I think is correct because there’s a big child audience for ‘Doctor Who,’ and I think that would demand if we took The Doctor into Torchwood, it would be a clash of styles.”
Capt. Jack, the immortal Torchwood leader played by John Barrowman, was actually first introduced in a first season episode of “Doctor Who” in 2005 when Christopher Eccleston was playing the title role. His character proved so popular that Davies gave him his own spinoff show, which takes place in the universe of “Doctor Who,” but typically has included only hints of the Time Lord, at least during episodes of “Torchwood.”
Since “Torchwood” has premiered, Capt. Jack has appeared in “Doctor Who,” in episodes that ultimately are linked back to “Torchwood.” Barrowman’s appearance in “Utopia” took place immediately after the first season of “Torchwood” where Capt. Jack heard the familiar sounds of the Tardis, and then disappeared.
Barrowman stayed on “Doctor Who” through the end of the season — coming in at the third-to-last episode in the first place.
He would then return in “The Stolen Earth” and “Journey’s End” with Cooper and former “Torchwood” star Gareth David-Lloyd, and would make a cameo appearance in David Tennant’s final episode, “The End of Time, Part 2” on New Year’s Day 2010.
That episode, however, was Davies’ final episode. He handed the reins over to Steven Moffat, who so far has not really included much from Davies’ universe that Moffat hadn’t created himself. Because of that, it’s unlikely Capt. Jack and Gwen will be paying a visit to The Doctor anyway.
“Torchwood,” which premieres July 8 on American premium cable channel Starz, moves away from common science-fiction staples like aliens and cool gadgets.
“What I like about this year’s version of ‘Torchwood’ is that it’s just a concept,” Davies said. “There’s some alien fun to come, but it’s really taking an idea — that we all live forever — [and] dropping it into the middle of society and just watching the waves go out. Watching all of us react. Watching how our society bends, how it falls, how it brings out the best of us and the worst of us.”