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‘Torchwood’ Is Going Underground

New season will be set two years after ‘Children of Earth’

When “Torchwood” returns to television screens, two years will have passed since “Children Of Earth” made its debut on BBC primetime.

Some may have feared that such a delay between seasons could work against the show’s chances of success. But series creator Russell T. Davies plans on playing up to that timeframe and the new season, dubbed “The New World,” setting it two years after the alien race 456 demanded the surrender of the supply of the world’s children.

“‘Torchwood’ will have been off air for two years, so I think it will feel like two years have passed,” Davies told Collider, talking about when in the “Torchwood” timeline the series will pick up when it moves to Starz next year. “The script isn’t that specific about it, but I think that two-year gap feels right.”

When fans last saw Team Torchwood, their numbers were depleted and their base in Cardiff, Wales, destroyed thanks to operatives within the British government, leaving Capt. Jack (John Barrowman) to roam the stars, grieving for the loss of Ianto. In doing so, he essentially abandoned Gwen (Eve Myles) on Earth to become a mother in a hostile world demanding answers on what transpired.

So, with the show left in such dire straits, Davies can now re-format the show once again for a whole new international audience.

“‘Children of Earth’ left things almost format-less,” he said. “They had no base, no authority and no mission … except to survive. They’re very much underground [now] and trying to survive. They’ve taken extreme actions. They have friends, they have enemies and they have betrayals.”

“The New World” will take the series to an international playing field with scenes being filmed in the usual haunts in Cardiff as well as in several locations around the United States.

Will Hollywood be one of them? Well, nothing is set in stone but BBC have already filmed scenes in Utah for the opening episodes of “Doctor Who” and Davies rightly explains a location can be the setting of somewhere else entirely.

“Any place can double up as a number of places,” he said. “There will be scenes set in Washington, certainly, but we won’t go to Washington to shoot.”

“Torchwood: The New World” is scheduled to air on BBC in 2011 in the United Kingdom and on Starz in the United States around the same time.

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