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'Torchwood' Revival Doubtful

Series lost its character in American version, according to series writer

"Torchwood" has generated fond feelings from fans over four seasons of work, but reports show that a revival of the series is not likely in this timeline.

Series writer Chris Chibnall recently revealed that he feels "Torchwood" lost some of its character when it left its “brilliantly odd” Welsh roots.

He is especially critical of "Torchwood: Miracle Day," which was co-produced by the BBC and U.S.-based Starz, and was filmed in the U.S.

“I think somewhere along the way it lost a little bit of its 'Torchwood'-ness,” Chibnall said.

He also laments the loss of "an essence of madness and cheekiness and sexiness and fun and darkness."

Gauging from forums and message boards, fans agree with Chibnall's assessment. He admitted that he is doubtful there will be another series following the lackluster response to the fourth season. However, several of the prime actors have expressed an interest in returning to their roles.

Eve Myles (Gwen Cooper) and John Barrowman (Captain Jack Harkness) were both rumored to want to pursue a fifth season. There are no reports that Myles has changed her mind. However, Barrowman has since stated that he has “moved on” from "Torchwood" in order to focus on his other projects. He is currently appearing on The CW's "Arrow" as the mysterious Malcolm Merlyn.

Barrowman did leave the door open for a "Torchwood" movie.

“If I said I wouldn’t love to have Captain Jack on the big screen, I’d be lying,” Barrowman said.

Regardless of the feelings and opinions of the writers and actors, one man has the lion's share of the say on the return of "Torchwood". Russell T. Davies, producer and writer for "Torchwood" and noted for the current revival of "Doctor Who," is a requirement for the continuation of the show. And it does not look promising for his return.

In an appearance a BBC radio show, Davies described the show as not quite dead, but is in television "limbo." After "Torchwood: Miracle Day," he moved back to the U.K. for personal reasons. Davies is currently committed to "Wizards vs. Aliens," which appears to preclude any work on a U.S.-based "Torchwood" revival in the near term.

“It’s not officially [cancelled]; it’s in a nice limbo where it can stew –- those shows can come back in 10-, 20-years time," said Davies, evidently envisioning a "Doctor Who"-esque return of the show at a later time.

"Torchwood" Seasons 1-3 are available on Netflix for viewing (subscription costs apply).

Season 4 is not available due to licensing issues.

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Fred Zagotti is a staff writer for Airlock Alpha currently residing in Georgia. He graduated college as a real rocket scientist, but decided that watching and writing about science-fiction was far more interesting than actually working in the field.
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