At TCA press tour, Torchwood creator Russell T. Davies just revealed that the upcoming international version of the show is getting a new title, and spilled the show’s plot.
His storyline is genius. Really.
First, the title. Gone is the previously announced Torchwood: The New World. Now it’s Torchwood: Miracle Day.
I know. Sort of like the first time you heard “The Phantom Menace,” isn’t it?
But wait ’til you hear what the season is about…
“The premise is a miracle happens in the world,” Davies says. “One day, on Earth, no one dies. The next day, no one dies. The day after that, no one dies. The [people who are] dying, keep dying … but don’t actually die. The possibility of death ceases to exist. Which is great for some people. But it’s an instant overnight population boom. The earth relies on people dying … What is society going to do now? Some of the answers are beautiful and brave. Some of the reactions are terrifying.”
The opening scene has Bill Pullman, playing death row prisoner who’s a murderer and pedophile, receiving a lethal injection for his crimes … and not dying. (Critics in the room — and they’re a tough crowd to impress — went “Ohhhhhhhh” when Pullman revealed this).
Naturally, the Torchwood team is called in to try and tackle this very unusual problem. And, of course, Davies promises plenty of chases and explosions and action too (btw, if you haven’t seen Torchwood: Children of Earth yet, rent it ASAP, it has a similar Twilight Zone-influenced moral dilemma sci-fi plot).
The series will air on Starz in July.
What’s your take on the plot?