Thursday, 7 July 2011

Russell T Davies Hints at Deaths in Torchwood, Talks about the Return of the Gay Agenda

Russell T Davies spoke to The Vancouver Sun and made a few implications about Miracle Day's long-term implications.
"I can't wait for people to see it. It's a rigorous premise, but there are some shocking moments to come. I mean, shocking in terms of visuals, and shocking in terms of what people will do - what we're capable of, and the depths to which we will sink sometimes. That feels great. It feels exciting. It feels new.
"There is a massive, shattering climax to the whole thing. You'll find out who lives, who dies, what it's all about and whether they can stop it or not. And that's the end."
This essentially confirms that more than one character won't survive by the end of the next twelve weeks. If I were to guess right now, I'd say that "Metal Pole in the Heart" Rex Matheson, either Gwen or Rhys, Zombie Ianto (C'mon, it's bound to happen somehow), and one of the non-Gwen female leads are doomed. Of course, it's all speculation.

Meanwhile, the Gay Agenda has returned.

Many of Davies's dramas, from Torchwood to his original, U.K. version of Queer As Folk, touch on gay and lesbian themes and issues, and feature outwardly gay characters. Torchwood's natural, offhand attitude toward its characters' sexual orientation is one of the things that separates it from its predecessor, Doctor Who.
"I thought no one would notice, frankly. You know, I could get on my soapbox and say how important it is to be tolerant, but it's not a soapbox. It's just simply a reflection of who I am as a gay man in the world, a writer who's been given the opportunity to write in all kinds of genres, which I'm immensely grateful for. It's not like I include gay characters because it's my duty, or anything. It's just my nature. It's simply second nature to me. It would be rather odd if I didn't do that.
"And I've been very lucky. I think you are very lucky when you're the man who created Queer As Folk, because not many people dare to stop you when you have done that. I think if you were a new writer, people could say, 'Enough with the gayness.' But actually, seriously, the world has moved on. That kind of thinking just doesn't happen any more."
Speaking from an American perspective, that's unfortunately not true everywhere. But, still, hooray for New York.
"I mean, having Captain Jack as this big, swaggering bisexual lead character — people don't think about that any more. Nobody at [Starz] even raised an eyebrow. That's so last year, you. It's a more healthy and progressive world now.
"And I think the bigger audience you can get — we want a brand-new audience on Starz, on Space; we want to increase the audience on BBC One; we want to sell this to 57 countries, and they can all see what's on the screen — the less of an issue it becomes."
Hat tip to io9.

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