Russell T. Davies has been doing the promo rounds to benefit his new CBBC series Wizards vs. Aliens. The show premiered on Monday but I must admit I missed it. The second episode is on this evening, though, so I’ll jump on iPlayer and see what’s going on.
One of Davies’ promo stop-offs was with Graham Norton, and talk inevitably turned to his fan-favourite projects of old, Doctor Who and Torchwood.
Here’s Davies on the subject of the latter:
I loved making it over there [in America], and I would have carried on if circumstances hadn’t brought me back to this country, so it’s kind of in limbo. It’s in limbo for me at the moment.
Circumstances, sadly, of a personal nature. It’s not our place to get into such affairs, but suffice to say, Davies’ private life has rightly taken precedence over work of late.
Davies went on:
I’m not working on it at the moment, I’m only working on Wizards VS. Aliens. When I get back to work one day, I don’t know if it will be old news to the BBC.
“When I get back to work one day” reveals the truth of the matter there.
So, without Davies, no Torchwood, but it apparently wasn’t explicitly dropped by Starz or the BBC. Davies’ explains:
It’s not officially [cancelled], they might do any day, I don’t know! It’s in a nice limbo where it can stew for a while. Those shows can come back in ten, twenty years time.
As did Doctor Who. Though that had been officially cancelled.
What’s more, in ten or twenty years time, John Barrowman might have aged considerably and that would take a bit of explaining, but he’s certainly got to go through some changes at some point, especially if he’s just going to end up as the Face of Boe.
Beyond the sci-fi stuff, Davies also discussed his desire to make a new show that would have the impact of his seminal drama Queer as Folk. He wants to:
go back to that sort of world, that sort of culture, the new Queer as Folk.
What the new Folk would be, what would have that impact today, I don’t know, but I hope that Davies can do it.
You can hear the interview in full on the BBC website right now.