“Torchwood, outside the government, above the police. The 21st Century is when everything changes, and Torchwood is ready.” -Capt. Jack Harkness
After almost a year of speculation and anticipation, The BBC has finally given the greelight to Torchwood Season 4. After the success of the 5-part, critically-acclaimed, and fan-approved last season of Torchwood, entitled “Children Of Earth,” it’s about time that our favorite omnisexual alien hunter gets back to work. The new co-production deal between BBC Cymru Wales, BBC Worldwide, and Starz Entertainment will see John Barrowman and Eve Myles returning as Capt. Jack Harkness and Gwen Cooper respectively, and bring the duo, plus new team members, to locations including Cardiff, Wales, the U.S., and locations around the world.
In a press release from the BBC, Jane Tranter, EVP, BBC Worldwide Productions, stated:
“Torchwood has attracted remarkable attention and loyalty in both the UK and U.S., and in this new partnership with Starz, the next chapter will not only reward our current fans, but also introduce new viewers to the most impressive installment yet.”
As someone who has been with Torchwood since the beginning, it’s nice to see the team getting back together. While the new season of Doctor Who has been extremely enjoyable so far, it is easy to miss the grittier, harsher, darker, fight-to-protect-humanity that is Torchwood. “Children of Earth” was such an emotional rollercoaster that it’s hard to imagine how the remaining members of the team can come back after all that happened. Torchwood has a very talented writing staff, led by series creator Russell T. Davies, so I have faith that we will see the same top notch storytelling that we have come to expect from such an imaginative series and the characters will be brought back from the huge downward slope that we last saw them in at the end of the previous season.
However, if “Children of Earth” had actually been the final season of Torchwood, it would not necessarily have been such a bad thing.
The series had been brought to an end. The Hub destroyed, Ianto killed, Gwen pregnant with her first child, and Jack leaving for parts unknown after sacrificing his own grandson to save every other child on the planet.
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That ending would have played well with the tone and nature of the program and, this fan for one, would have been fine with such an ending. However, the news of this co-production deal with Starz and BBC is such awesome news that I can’t wait to see where our favorite Immortal alien hunter takes us next.
Those who saw the last installment of the Doctor Who specials know that as one of David Tennant’s final acts as the 10th Doctor, he restored our fallen hero to his full grace by helping him get his mojo back. How did Jack’s relationship with Alonso Frame actually turn out? Perhaps we will see when the new season of Torchwood premieres. For now, all I can say is, “Allons-y, Alonso! Allons-y!!”