Torchwood writer on “every chance” of a comeback for Doctor Who spin-off

Torchwood writer Phil Ford has said he believes there’s “every chance” of a Torchwood return amidst rumours of Doctor Who spin-offs in the new Russell T Davies era.

There has been a lot of talk of spin-offs to the show since the deal was struck between Disney and the BBC to make Disney+ the streaming home of Doctor Who across the globe. And with Russell T Davies back in charge, the man who brought the world Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures, the speculation has seemingly turned to when rather than if we will see an expansion of the Whoniverse in recent months.

And now a former Torchwood writer Phil Ford has offered more hope to those looking for a return of the series which centred on a Cardiff-based team of alien hunters.

“I think there’s every chance. Even if it was going back in time to an earlier iteration of Torchwood, which in fact we did do in the show.” Ford told Radio Times when asked about a possibility of a return for the popular spin-off.

He added: “But absolutely, I don’t see why we couldn’t do that. It’s science fiction, it’s Doctor Who, you could do all sorts of things – as I’m sure will happen!”

Davies has suggested in recent times that there will be more coming for viewers beyond the main TV series, but there still has been no full announcement from the BBC about spin-offs and themes for such projects.

Doctor Who will return to TV screens in November 2023 with David Tennant starring as the Fourteenth Doctor opposite Catherine Tate’s Donna Noble. Yasmin Finney will play Rose in the specials which will coincide with the show’s 60th anniversary and Neil Patrick Harris will also feature in the cast.

Doctor Who will see a new lead join the series around the festive season of 2023 when Ncuti Gatwa of Sex Education fame will take over on the show as the Fifteenth Doctor. He will be joined by former Coronation Street star Millie Gibson as his companion Ruby Sunday.

The 2023 TV output will be the first shows to form part of the new deal between the BBC and Disney to make Disney+ the global streaming home of the long-running science fiction series.