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Real Life Creeps Into ‘Torchwood’

Creator Russell T. Davies doesn’t do it on purpose, however


Whether it’s paying closer attention to our children (who happened to be possessed by aliens) or watching as not a single person on the planet die, Russell T. Davies always seems to be able to inject a little bit of reality into “Torchwood.”

And we’ll see a little reality make its way into “Torchwood: Miracle Day” when it premieres on Starz July 8.

“I just think it’s about a sort of writing with your eyes open,” Davies recently told Airlock Alpha reporter Jenn Falls during a conference call with “Torchwood’s” writers and stars. “Actually, I don’t have any sort of grandstand about it. It’s just naturally how I write, And I believe in putting what’s happened in the world into what you’re writing.”

But believe it or not, it’s not done on purpose.

“It’s just when we were setting up the [season] of ‘Torchwood,’ all the healthcare debates in America were raging over Obama’s healthcare reforms,” Davies said. “And it was ferocious arguments on the right and on the left. It wasn’t a process of me saying I must put this in the script. It’s just what I was thinking about all day, every day. And then you’re thinking about the script all day, every day. So the two just merge.

“It just can’t be helped, really. And I like that. I think ‘Torchwood’ is entertaining and it’s fun and it’s funny and it’s lively.”

“Torchwood” returns after a nearly two-year hiatus, this time as a co-production between BBC Worldwide and Starz, an American premium cable channel. With that, the show itself moves from Cardiff, Wales, to the United States, and reunites stars John Barrowman and Eve Myles as Capt. Jack Harkness and Gwen Cooper.

Barrowman may have allowed his character to hitch a ride across the galaxy, but he knew Capt. Jack would always be back. And he couldn’t wait to be there to do it.

“I love the character of Capt. Jack,” he said. “I love what the show stands for. I love the other characters in the show. So it was like putting a comfortable pair of shoes on back to go and do it and shoes that were running very quickly and exciting. ”

“Torchwood” premieres July 8 at 10 p.m. ET on Starz. It will premiere next week in the United Kingdom on BBC.

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