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‘Doctor Who’ thing of the day: Torchwood news!

Tidbits are coming out!

• title: Torchwood: The New World

• one big story (like Children of Earth but twice as long: 10 episodes)

More from Den of Geek:

[I]t’s been confirmed that a pair of new characters are joining Captain Jack Harkness and Gwen this time round. They are Rex Matheson, a CIA agent, and Ester Katusi, who will be playing an analyst. We’ve no idea yet who’s going to be playing either of them, but, rest assured, we’ll be submitting our showreel.

Casting ideas?

Back to Den of Geek:

It’s also been revealed that helping on the writing side of things will be John Shiban, Jane Espenson and Doris Egan. Shiban is a veteran of The X-Files, and has the likes of Star Trek: Enterprise and Breaking Bad on his resume. Espenson, meanwhile, has the likes of Battlestar Galactica, Caprica and Buffy The Vampire Slayer to her name. Egan, meanwhile, has penned episodes of Dark Angel and Tru Calling.

I’m so not a fan of Tru Calling, but I’m excited about Espenson coming onboard. It gives me hope that Torchwood is not going to be Americanized… just as BSG and Caprica don’t feel particularly Hollywood.

And from Airlock Alpha:

Torchwood [the institution, that is, not the show] is “like a legend now,” [Russell T.] Davies told reporters at the recent Television Critics Association summer press tour, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s like something that’s ceased to exist, and is now spoken of only in whispers.”

“We definitely have a really big story to tell,” executive producer Julie Gardner said. Gardner was a key part of the past three “Torchwood” seasons, and left “Doctor Who” with Davies following David Tennant’s finale specials. “It’s absolutely rebooted to welcome a new audience.”

Although Gardner talked about a reboot, sources re-assure Airlock Alpha that canon will remain intact, and that the fourth season is indeed a continuation of the events in the previous three seasons. Gardner’s choice of the word “reboot” is more about how the story is told, and less about the story itself.

Squee? Or no?

(If you stumble across a cool Doctor Who thing, feel free to email me with a link.)

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