Torchwood creator Russell T Davies has ruled out the possibility of The Doctor ever appearing in the Doctor Who spin-off.
The adult sci-fi drama was spun out of the long running show as a vehicle for John Barrowman‘s character Captain Jack Harkness. Yet while that character has made regular appearances in the main show, Davies has insisted the Time Lord would never return the favour.
Asked at last night’s (June 20) series launch about the possibility, he said: “No, because actually the Doctor‘s never gone into Torchwood, it’s always been the other way round, Torchwood‘s gone into Doctor Who, which I think is correct because there’s a big child audience for Doctor Who and I think that would demand if we took the Doctor into Torchwood it would be a clash of styles.”
Davies was speaking as the first episode of the new ten-part run, subtitled Miracle Day, recieved its premiere at London‘s BFI. The new series has an international flavour. A co-production with US network Starz, the new run was filmed in Los Angeles and takes the action from its Cardiff base all across America.
The series begins when one day, with no explanation, nobody on Earth dies. Davies said: “This is a nice different kind of science fiction. Because often science fiction, it’s the toys, it’s the spaceship or the aliens or the laser beams, which we’ve done tons of in the past ourselves. But what I like about this year’s version of Torchwood is that it’s just a concept. There’s some alien fun to come, but it’s really taking an idea – that we all live forever – dropping it into the middle of society and just watching the waves go out and watching all of us react, watching how our society bends, how it falls, how it brings out the best of us and the worst of us.”
Asked about the show’s appeal, Davies pointed to a “fluid sexuality, which in this genre is quite rare,” and added, “I think no matter how serious it gets, there’s a great sense of fun. It never loses its sense of humour, even in the darkest of moments, which I think is a very true thing of human nature, it’s a very human survival instinct.”