A Look at Torchwood: Miracle Day

So Torchwood: Miracle Day arrives on our on screens July 14th and Starz Studios have released a behind the scenes feature with the cast and crew, who talk about the series and its story. There has been an upset surrounding the air date of the show in the UK, as we get it six days after our American counterparts, but I think fans will be pleased with the show nevertheless.

** BEWARE: POSSIBLE SPOILERS FOR TORCHWOOD: MIRACLE DAY BELOW **

Multiple Newscasters: In the past 36 hours, No one has died. Not one person… They are calling this event “Miracle Day”.

Torchwood: Miracle Day begins with life on earth being redefined. Suddenly, and without warning, the entire human race stops dying. “It’s not the immortality that we all want,” actor Bill Pullman admits, as people who are close to death, are no longer dying – but they are not getting any better either. There is a population explosion, because people aren’t dying – but babies are being born – there is a fear that resources will run out and countries, businesses etc. wont be able to cope. “The miracle insinuates that it’s good, but it’s not such a good miracle,” jokes actress Arlene Tur who plays Health Care proffessional, Dr. Vera Juarez. She meets her biggest challenge with a health system that is on the verge of collapsing, whilst learning how to deal with the situation like everybody else involved.

When Miracle Day begins, Torchwood has been disbanded and no longer exists, as Russell T. Davies explains, “Torchwood is gone… it’s been sealed away by the British Secret Service”. The remaining members of the original team: Jack Harkness and Gwen Cooper – are both in exile after the deaths of their former team mates Toshiko Sato, Owen Harper (both in Season 2) and Ianto Jones (Children of Earth). Gwen and her husband, Rhys Williams, live in a cottage in the Welsh countryside with their new baby, while Jack has left the planet after the events of Children of Earth, which resulted in him sacrificing his grandson to save the world. “There is no team infrastructure anymore”, explains Executive Producer Julie Gardner. “They are kind of loosely on the run.”

John Barrowman, the man behind the swashbuckling hero Captain Jack Harkness, first appeared on our screens back in 2005 with Christopher Eccleston‘s Doctor in the two parter The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances. He speaks enthusiastically about the new series and his alter ego, saying, “It’s as exciting for me to play the character as it is for you guys to watch because [Jack] is evolving all the time.” Jack, returns in time to save Gwen, Rhys and their baby when they are attacked by unknown assailants at their home. “When this particular situation comes to hand,” says Eve Myles – the Welsh born actress behind Gwen Cooper, “and Captain Jack Harkness turns up, he couldnt have turned up at a better time for her.”

This series finds Jack and Gwen joining forces with their cousins across the water in the form of the CIA, and introduces new additions to the cast. Firstly Rex Matheson, a confident and by-the-book CIA agent played by Mekhi Phifer. His whole persona is undermined by the events occuring during Miracle Day. “Mekhi has been extraordinary for the show,” says Russell T. Davies, speaking highly of the American actor. “I think that when you have lead actors like John and Eve, it’s hard to match them. I can’t think of many men who could have found a space in-between those two.”

Helping Agent Matheson in his investigations with Torchwood is Esther Drummond, played by Alexa Havins, who is described by Davies as being, “the desk bound member of the team, but she just gets in there and carves out a space for herself – she’s fantastic.” Havins herself goes on to explain that, “once she steps into the world of Torchwood, she’s launched into a whole different path.”

The production of the show was an adventure in itself, as the show moved from shooting in its native, Wales, to America: thus becoming an international production. “We’re in America, we’re in Wales, we’re in the Atlantic,” speaks Davies excitedly.

When speaking of Miracle Day‘s story as a whole, both cast and crew share similar conceptions on the deeper meaning of the plot itself. “I think the most important thing about this series is its examination on how we all live,” comments Gardner when talking about the theme that will run through the entire series, just as Children of Earth was a single story arc last year. “It’s dealing with humanity and the morals that we have, and how corrupt we get,” adds Tur. “It’s a great canvas in which to tell high concept stories,” adds Davies. “We have terrible, terrible statements about human nature and beautiful, beautiful statements about human nature as well.”

Torchwood: Miracle Day looks to be be a thought provoking series that is bound to keep you entertained and wanting more. Barrowman sums it up as, “an action packed, fun filled, rollercoaster of a drama,” while Phifer adds that “each episode, each scene, takes you to another level of being on the edge of your seat.”

In summing the series up in one word (according to the cast and crew), it is:

“Rollercoaster.” – Russell T. Davies

“Exhilerating.” – Mekhi Phifer

“Cheeky.” – Bill Pullman

“Brilliant.” – John Barrowman

Well, you can’t argue with that 🙂

Torchwood: Miracle Day will air on BBC1 on Thursday July 14th, and looks set to be just as awesome as Children of Earth was, so set your Sky boxes (and reminders) because you won’t want to miss it!

Source: Movie Web

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