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Chibnall departs Torchwood

January 10th, 2008 (04:35 pm)

Digital Spy are reporting that Chris Chibnall, showrunner for the first two series of Torchwood, has been appointed showrunner for ITV's new series Law and Order: London, which will be made by Spooks/Hustle/Life on Mars company Kudos. I should note that there hasn't been a formal announcement that there will be a Torchwood series three yet; but if there is, this appointment means that there will be a new writer-producer at the helm. Chibnall also created Born and Bred for BBC 1 a few years back, but first came to many Doctor Who fans' attention back in 1986 when he was one of a group of Liverpool Doctor Who fans who unfavourably dissected the writing styles of Pip and Jane Baker on Open Air following the end of season 23.

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Posted by: Penny Paperbrain (pennypaperbrain)
Posted at: January 10th, 2008 07:12 pm (UTC)

I would say hurrah, but first we need to know that Torchwood will survive Chibnall, and whether I'm going to feel it deserves to survive after another Chibnalls series. Is there any scuttlebutt about whether series 2 is any good?

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: January 10th, 2008 07:27 pm (UTC)

The mood regarding series 2 is cautiously optimistic; it's lighter in tone, the characters are reportedly more consistent, and there will be no aliens feeding on orgasms, probably because there will be a pre-watershed version as well as a post-watershed one this year.

Posted by: Susan (lil_shepherd)
Posted at: January 10th, 2008 07:35 pm (UTC)

Considering that Chibnall's scripts for last year were awful, I think this is probably good news. I can't help remembering that last year at this time I was excited about Torchwood from the trailers I had seen, and because I loved Captain Jack. Much more wary this go-round.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: January 10th, 2008 11:15 pm (UTC)

I liked rather a lot of Torchwood, actually, and thought it found its feet in the last two or three episodes (well, almost, considering the disappearing plot details during the finale) after descending into nonsense during 'Cyberwoman'. I understand the wariness, though.

Posted by: Adilo Creamon (the_marquis)
Posted at: January 10th, 2008 11:44 pm (UTC)
DM

Oh yes I saw a trailer for Tatwood last night. They now all seem to go for a team haircut ...

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: January 11th, 2008 12:25 am (UTC)

I wonder what the Doctor Who fan critic Tat Wood would think of a contraction of his name being used as a synonym for Torchwood? Not much, given his dislike of 'the Welsh series'.

Apparently the team have grown closer together in Jack's absence...

Posted by: Adilo Creamon (the_marquis)
Posted at: January 11th, 2008 06:05 pm (UTC)
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Well I used Tatwood on account of seeing it several times on the LJs of some other people I know who are active in SF fandom. So which name came first ...?

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: January 11th, 2008 06:10 pm (UTC)

Wider SF fandom probably isn't as aware of writer Tat (once credited as Martin Wood, IIRC, a long time ago...), who definitely predated Torchwood.

Posted by: viala_qilarre (viala_qilarre)
Posted at: January 11th, 2008 09:51 am (UTC)

I'm looking forward to it. With Martha in three episodes, it's hard to imagine that the crossover elements with Doctor Who won't get stronger - we know that Jack will be back in series four of DW itself, too. As for Chris Chibnall, I don't really have an opinion.

Posted by: wellinghall (wellinghall)
Posted at: January 12th, 2008 01:40 pm (UTC)

Forgive the ignorance, but what is a "showrunner"?

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: January 12th, 2008 02:02 pm (UTC)

The person who determines the tone and content of a television drama series; they might also chair script and production meetings, but would be closely involved and have the last word on all routine aspects of the show too. Examples are Joss Whedon on BuffyDoctor Who. While these two had executive producer credits, Chibnall only had co-producer credit.

Posted by: wellinghall (wellinghall)
Posted at: January 12th, 2008 02:03 pm (UTC)

Thanks for the explanation.