If you’re a fan of “Torchwood,” you’ve likely been mostly disappointed by the news that has emerged since the end of Series 3. First, the show was moved from the BBC to U.S. cable company, Starz. Fearing the worst for Captain Jack Harkness and Gwen Cooper—the show’s last survivors after the devastating “Children of Earth,” we all waited to hear about the “Americanization” of the show. Russell Davies attempted to quell our fears by promising the show was a continuation of the “Torchwood” we’ve come to know and love, not a reboot. Next, we got word of a few new cast members, one by one: Mekhi Phifer (“Lie to Me, ER”) and Alexa Havins (When in Rome) starring as CIA agents; Bill Pullman (The Killer Inside Me, Lost Highway) as a convicted pedophile and murderer, Arlene Tur (Eat, Pray, Love) as a surgeon and Lauren Ambrose (“Six Feet Under,” Where the Wild Things Are) as a PR genius. Finally, we got an interesting premise and the name of the series: “Torchwood: Miracle Day” will explore what happens on Earth when suddenly, people stop dying.
Though still wary, I have no doubt that many of us will at least give the new incarnation a go. As long as Barrowman, Davies and at least one of his writers are still involved, there’s a chance the show will carry on its tradition of unpredictably wonderful, sexy, campy, science fiction. And now that I’ve read this latest, little tidbit, my happy bits are all aquiver. Writer, Jane Espenson, announced that the Q-tastic John de Lancie has joined “Torchwood: Miracle Day.” “Star Trek: The Next Generation” was my favorite of the “Star Trek” franchise and de Lancie’s Q was one of its most wonderful characters (who also crossed over to “Voyager” and “Deep Space Nine”). Though Espenson was quick to clarify that he wouldn’t be playing Q (damn), there’s no doubt he’ll liven things up. Not long ago, De Lancie turned in a heartbreaking performance in Season 2 of “Breaking Bad,” as Jane’s grieving father and air traffic controller, Donald Margolis. I know it’s only a shred of news but bringing on someone so damned great—who I hope will be interacting with Captain Jack—keeps my hope springing eternal.
John Barrowman and Bill Pullman are scheduled to promote “Torchwood: Miracle Day” at Cannes and Series 4 begins July 8, 2011.