5:00 pm EDT, April 12, 2016

‘Doctor Who’ spinoff dreams: What we really want is ‘Torchwood’

The BBC announced last year that there will be a Doctor Who spinoff series in fall 2016 called Class. This is great, but what we really want is more Torchwood.

The BBC just recently started filming their new Doctor Who spinoff series, Class. The series splits the age difference between their target markets of their previous two spinoffs, Torchwood (adults) and The Sarah Jane Adventures (children), by using a high school setting.

Class will be set at the Coal Hill School where Susan once attended, and where Barbara and Ian, as well as Danny and Clara taught. The BBC teased, “Time has looked at your faces now. And time never forgets… What if your planet was massacred and you were the sole survivor? What if a legendary figure out of space and time found you a place to hide? But what if the things that want to kill you have tracked you down? And worst of all, what if you haven’t studied for your exams?”


The series will certainly be less wholesome than the fun loving The Sarah Jane Adventures, according to showrunner Steven Moffat. “Class is dark and sexy and right now,” he said. “I’ve always wondered if there could be a British Buffy — it’s taken the brilliant Patrick Ness [a YA writer] to figure out how to make it happen.”

We eagerly anticipate this new series, and look forward to it being filled with characters who actually sound and behave like modern teenagers. We are hoping we don’t get a British 90210 with teens who are really in their mid-20’s, and dialogue that features what adults think teenagers sound like, rather than what they actually sound like. It will be great to see a more mature series, but on the other hand, we’d like something more mature than what Class seems to offer.

Recently John Barrowman, Captain Jack Harkness himself, posted on his Facebook that he was rewatching Torchwood episodes, and how much he enjoyed the series.

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The result of this was over 47,000 people watching Barrowman’s video, and over 10,000 telling the Radio Times that they wanted Torchwood back.

Adult fans of Doctor Who are also fans of other mature BBC shows such as Happy Valley, Poldark, Orphan Black, and Wolf Hall , just to name a few. A Doctor Who show that deals with complex, human issues would fit well into that mix. Viewers want drama with complex protagonists, that contains gipping stories where people actually fight injustice without always winning, deals with infidelity, faces serious medical issues, and occasionally swears and depicts sex.

Don’t get us wrong, we want Class, but we want Torchwood more. There are complex storylines with adult characters that Class is never going to broach.

The Doctor Who fandom is largely made up of adults. One fast look around Hall H at Comic-Con, and pretty quickly you realize that there are plenty of 20, 30, and 40-somethings wielding their sonic screwdrivers aloft, and chanting for the Doctor. The same is true in Australia or the U.K. at the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular, or the Doctor Who Festival. Sure, there are children there, but there are plenty of adults in attendance who aren’t only there because they’ve brought their 10-year-old niece out for the day. We need to cater to not only the teen and pre-teen crowd, but the mature, adult crowd as well.

Come on BBC, make it work! The Doctor Who fandom wants more.

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