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The new Torchwood reboot gets a title (and a plot synopsis from Russell T. Davies)

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After yesterday's news about Torchwood's new writing team, we've now learned that Starz's ten-episode Torchwood reboot will be titled Torchwood: The New World. Also, Russell T. Davies himself dropped some hints about the series' plot. UPDATE 8/7/10: More details below.

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Torchwood: The New World focuses on Rex and Ester, a CIA agent and analyst who require the help of Captain Jack Harkness and Gwen Cooper with a yet-to-be-explained alien conundrum. Davies also noted that this self-contained, ten-episode arc could take advantage of premium cable's license for violence and licentiousness:

[Torchwood's] like a legend now ... it's like something that's ceased to exist and is now spoken of only in whispers [...] The two teams coming together is a big part of the story — are they friends or enemies? [...] I've always had loose standards and practices [...] If the story demands intimacy or savagery, we will go there absolutely ... there's nothing better than a great big global thriller that stops for a sex scene — it's probably hard to make that happen in a thriller.

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Illustration for article titled The new Torchwood reboot gets a title (and a plot synopsis from Russell T. Davies)

Executive producer Julie Gardner also noted, "It's absolutely rebooted to welcome in a new audience." Take that as you will, TW faithful.

[THR. Thanks James!]

Update 8/7/10: Here are some more details from Zap2It's TCA coverage about the show's Summer 2011 launch:

- Rhys Williams (Kai Owen) will be back with their baby.
- Sorry Capt. John Hart fans, but James Marsters is not going to be in this 10-episode season, but he's still in good with Davies for possible future participation.

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I don't see the point of doing a reboot. I can see this being a self contained story, but without forgoing the past.

Background material should be kept for old fans. It's not like it would hurt things for new ones.

But that's an issue with film and TV these days, too many things need to be explained. I miss the days when things just were.