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Torchwood: Miracle Day

[Spoilers for Torchwood: Children of Earth]

For those of us that have been waiting patiently since the end of Children of Earth to see just what would happen next, we will finally get our answers On Friday, July 8th, courtesy of Starz Entertainment. The new mini-series, Miracle Day, is being co-produced by the BBC and Starz, and is set to see John Barrowman, Eve Myles, and Kai Owen return in their original roles, along with Mekhi Phifer (ER, 8 Mile) and Bill Pullman (The Grudge, Independence Day, Singles). The last we saw of Gwen Cooper (Myles) and Rhys Williams (Owen), they were watching a devastated Captain Jack Harkness (Barrowman) – beaten physically and mentally after sacrificing his own grandson to save every other child on Earth – preparing to hitch a ride Ford Prefect-style to leave the planet and run away. Jack was last seen in the second part of 'The End of Time', David Tennant’s final story on Doctor Who, sitting in a bar escaping his problems, only to have The Doctor introduce him to Alonzo, a crew member of the Titanic from 'Voyage of the Damned'. Apparently, Jack has been absolved of what he considers a heinous crime, and is ready to save the Earth once again with his former teammates.

Torchwood: Miracle DayThe new series will deal with a new problem, which is that for some reason, no one is dying anymore. Pullman portrays Oswald Danes, a former inmate who is given lethal injection, but when it doesn’t kill him, he is released, and he turns the miracle into a way to find fame and fortune. Pfifer stars as Rex Matheson, who is described as a CIA “golden boy” operative, and a Harvard graduate. In order to discover the nature of 'Miracle Day', he must team up with Gwen and Jack. Other characters returning are PC Andy, now Sergeant, William Thomas and Sharon Morgan will be returning as Gwen’s parents Geraint and Mary Cooper, last seen in 'Something Borrowed'. Also joining are Alexa Havins (The Crow: Wicked Prayer) as Esther Drummond, a CIA Watch analyst, and Lauren Ambrose (In & Out, Six Feet Under) as Jilly Kitzinger, a PR agent who seems to be guiding Danes toward his new life of fame. Other new additions are C. Thomas Howell (Red Dawn, Southland), and cult actors Wayne Knight (Seinfeld, Third Rock From the Sun, Punisher: War Zone), Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters, The Crow), and John de Lancie (Q from Star Trek: The Next Generation).

Former Doctor Who showrunner Russell T. Davies is producing and writing, with other writing duties being handed to Jane Espenson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Game of Thrones, BSG, Caprica), Doris Egan (Smallville, House, Dark Angel) and John Shiban (Smallville, The X-Files, The Vampire Diaries). Davies has also gone on record as saying he has become enamored with the mini-series style of writing Torchwood, and that it won’t return to the 'monster-of-the-week' format it had followed the first two series. The episodes of the new series also seem to spend plenty of time in both America and in Wales, so I hope this means that it will retain at least a bit of the charm that made me fall in love with this program in the first place. Torchwood and Doctor Who composer Murray Gold has been tapped to score the new series (much to the chagrin of Shadowlocked’s own John Bensalhia).

It seems from taking a look at the trailer that Gwen and Rhys’ baby is healthy, and the trio seem to be doing fine since the fall of Torchwood. It also seems to be a lot more action-oriented, which could only be expected being it’s a co-production with America. There are also some moments where real humor comes through, so we could still be in for an adventure worthy of the title of Torchwood. I, for one, will be glued to my television set on July 8, and I invite all of you to do the same. Just bring your own bean bag, and don’t spill any soda.

or if you're in the UK:

Empire Online

See also:

Jane Espenson: Once Upon a Torchwood Web Series

Joss Whedon special editions to undo all character deaths

Teaser trailer for Doctor Who spin-off The Minister Of Chance

Picking apart the Doctor Who season six trailer

Is the UK trying too hard for America’s love?


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