‘Torchwood’ writer: ‘Miracle Day’ lost the show’s ‘essence’

Torchwood‘s former lead writer Chris Chibnall has revealed that the original plans for Miracle Day series were “a bit bolder, a bit cheekier”.

The ten-part co-production with US cable channel Starz launched on BBC One in July 2011.

Chibnall wrote eight Torchwood episodes during Series 1 and Series 2 and has spoken about his views on Miracle Day, telling Starburst: “I did a bit of very early storylining with Russell [T Davies] on Miracle Day, right at the start… I think somewhere along the way it sort of lost a little bit of its Torchwood-ness. Whether you like or dislike Torchwood, it has an essence – of madness and cheekiness and sexiness, and fun and darkness, those sort of polar facets of what it’s about, of putting those things together – and somehow it lost a bit of that somewhere in the process.”

He continued: “When we were first talking about it, it was something a bit bolder, a bit cheekier. It may just come back to the fact that one of the great essences of Torchwood was taking those American tropes and doing them in Wales. And in a way, that’s what made Torchwood so brilliantly odd. Once you put it in California, it becomes more like other shows.”

Asked if he believed Torchwood will ever return, Chibnall commented: “It’s entirely down to Russell. I would expect he will have other things he’ll want to write, to be honest.”

Discussing the trio of shows that were on air at the end of the last decade – Doctor Who, Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures – he added: “I think that’s the wonderful thing of that universe that Russell created and interwove, because actually, what the whole thing is, is a massive exercise in marketing. And branding, because really he’s got a family show and an adult show and a kid’s show which are very separate entities but he used that umbrella. That’s the real achievement of that era and I don’t think you’ll ever see the Doctor Who universe be as ubiquitous and all-encompassing. That was a really magic time…”

John Barrowman exclusively told CultBox recently that hed would like to see his novel Exodus Code adapted as a Torchwood movie or TV series. Written by Barrowman and his sister Carole, Exodus Code was published by BBC Books last year.

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