Russell T Davies: Why Torchwood: The New World will DISTURB you

Torchwood: The New World won't be back until next summer (which can't get here soon enough), but while we wait for its return, Russell T Davies got our attention by letting us know how the new series will disturb us.

In an interview with Collider, Davies and Julie Gardner opened up a bit about the upcoming series of Torchwood, which will see the return of Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) and Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles), the last two surviving members of the Torchwood team. The new series will also see the introduction of four new characters that we recently told you about.

We already know that the fourth series will mainly take place in the U.S., but Davies confirmed that its time frame will be set roughly two years after the events of Torchwood: Children of Earth (basically real time) and will also take us to the U.S. capital: "There will be scenes set in Washington, certainly," Davies said, "but we won't go to Washington to shoot. No one does that anymore. But we have a very experienced production and design team, so we'll be able to do that. It's exciting."

We know what a master Davies can be at pulling at our heartstrings—if the deaths of Ianto Jones and Captain Jack's grandson didn't affect you at all last time, you're made of ice—and Davies warns we should expect more of the same in The New World, saying about the upcoming series four that:

It's just heartfelt, really. What I mean by that is that the central issue goes to the heart of every one of us and every family. The questions it asks will cut right beneath your everyday life of work, sleep, food and family, and goes right to the heart of who we are and why we're here. I think we'll challenge you and disturb you. It's the intensity of that ambition that's the most fascinating thing. That sounds really vague, but the moment you know the initial core concept, everything I'm saying will make sense and start to click into place in your brain. You'll say, "Oh, right, I see where this is heading." The questions never really stop. That's the fun of it. A whole 10 hours is a long time for a story to roll, but there's that much power behind it. It's self-generating, really. It's very exciting. It's a proper, intelligent examination of some very big issues.

If the addition of a pedophile named Oswald Jones as a main character on the series is not disturbing, we don't know what is. But besides that, are we to expect more deaths and more heartbreak? Our guess is yes, as Torchwood never shied away from killing its main characters (there was, after all, Owen and Tosh before Ianto and Cap' Jack's grandkid were killed. And for the nitpickers, we haven't forgotten Suzie—they did kill her twice, after all, though she was a villain).

We're not sure how much more of this we can possibly take, but if the end result can be as great as Children of Earth was, we're definitely on board. Will you be?

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