Russell T Davies sparks Torchwood revival hopes

Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies has sparked excitement amongst fans of the Doctor Who spin-off show Torchwood by posting a clip from the programme on his Instagram feed.

Davies, who created Torchwood, a show that ran between 2006 and 2011, posted a clip of Eve Myles as Gwen Cooper during a famous action scene.

This was interpreted by some fans that it could be a hint that Davies, who has returned to running Doctor Who which he did between 2005 and 2010, could be about to revive the popular spin-off series. Or at least gave them a chance to remind him how much they loved the show and want it back.

“Bring back Torchwood with the whole original team. RTD is a genius writer he could find a way” wrote one user.

“Can we please have a Victorian Torchwood series spin-off?! With jenny and Madam Vastra kicking alien bottoms. You know it makes sense.” said another.

“Russell T. Please make this show live again like a phoenix. 🔥” pleaded another correspondent.

You get the general idea, there seems to be a lot of support for the idea of Torchwood returning after being more than a decade off the air.

The show, unlike Doctor Who which is focussed on one main character, the Doctor, told the story of a team of alien hunters based in Cardiff in Wales who work for the Torchwood Institute. The initial main cast consisted of John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness, Eve Myles as Gwen Cooper, Burn Gorman as Owen Harper, Naoko Mori as Toshiko Sato and Gareth David-Lloyd as Ianto Jones.

Torchwood ran for four seasons between 2006 and 2011, acquiring a bigger fanbase as the seasons went on, moving from BBC Three, to BBC Two and finally taking pride of place on BBC One where Doctor Who also airs. The show also acquired financing from America for the final series, Miracle Day, with US cable network STARZ co-producing the show which featured movie actor Bill Pullman.

Of course, all the excitement is just that right now, and there has been no announcement that Torchwood will be returning or that any other Doctor Who spin-offs are being planned.

Russell T Davies presumably has his hands full right now planning the 60th-anniversary specials of Doctor Who for 2023 which will see the return of David Tennant and Catherine Tate to the show, as well as the first full series of Jodie Whittaker’s replacement Ncuti Gatwa.

However, with the fan appetite still clearly there for a return of Torchwood, perhaps there are more surprises to come from the second era of Russell T Davies at the helm of the show?

In other news, Jodie Whittaker’s final episode as the lead in Doctor Who, The Power of the Doctor airs on BBC One in the UK at 7.30pm on Sunday 23rd October. US air times can be found here.