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A New World for Torchwood
As reported in Doctor Who: Podshock, the Doctor Who spin-off series, Torchwood is being relaunched in the US on the Starz network.
The HollywoodReporter.com has an article reporting that name of the rebooted series in the US is Torchwood: The New World. Like last year's acclaimed Torchwood: Children of Earth I would suppose. It is to be ten episodes which to my understanding are telling a story much the same way as Children of Earth did with its five episodes run.
‘Torchwood’ gets new title: ‘The New World’: "Starz' 'Torchwood' reboot will be titled 'Torchwood: The New World' and creator Russell T Davies gave some insight into the storyline.
The new story will follow a CIA agent (Rex) and analyst (Ester) who tackle an alien-related global issue. Torchwood, having been destroyed and disbanded, is 'like a legend now ... it's like something that's ceased to exist and is now spoken of only in whispers.' Soon, Rex and Ester are on the run and are seeking out the help of Captain Jack and Gwen.
'The two teams coming together is a big part of the story -- are they friends or enemies? There's a lot of sparks and excitement.'
'We definitely have a really big story to tell,' added executive producer Julie Gardner. 'It's absolutely rebooted to welcome in a new audience.'
Although it is being touted as a 'reboot,' from the description so far, it seems more along the lines of a reboot that the 2005 episode 'Rose' was a "reboot" of Doctor Who. In other words, instead of starting from scratch retelling the tale, I suspect it will still recognize its own past. Though I could be wrong, we shall see.
So it will have a CIA agent named Rex? I suppose it could always result in a new spin-off series called 'Rex is Not Your CIA Agent'… No? Perhaps Starz could pick up Rex is Not Your Lawyer as well. I digress.
The promo posters seen here for Torchwood: The New World include: "Coming Summer 2011"