In the fourth season of "Torchwood," no one will die. And that’s a major problem for humanity.
While speaking at the recent TCA Press Tour (via Entertainment Weekly). "Torchwood" executive producer Russell T. Davies revealed that "Torchwood: The New World" will now be called "Torchwood: Miracle Day." And he also elaborated upon the premise of the upcoming ten episode season.
“The premise is a miracle happens in the world,” said Davies. “One day, on Earth, no one dies. The next day, no one dies. The day after that, no one dies. The [people who are] dying, keep dying … but don’t actually die. The possibility of death ceases to exist. Which is great for some people. But it’s an instant overnight population boom. The Earth relies on people dying. Suddenly you’re affecting everyone on the planet. That’s where the Torchwood team comes in.”
"What is society going to do now? asked Davies rhetorically. "Some of the answers are beautiful and brave. Some of the reactions are terrifying.”
It was also revealed that the opening scene of the season will revolve around Bill Pullman’s Oswald Jones, a dangerous pedophile and murder who is executed for his crimes via lethal injection but inexplicably doesn’t die.
Jones will go to become one of the main villains of the fourth season, going up against returning "Torchwood" characters Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) and Gwen Cooper (Eva Myles), as well as American newcomers Rex Matheson (Mekhi Phifer), Esther Katusi (Alexa Havins) and Vera Juarez (Arlene Tur).
The fourth season of "Torchwood" will be a co-production of the BBC and the Starz network. "Torchwood: Miracle Day" is currently expected to begin in July 2011 and may release new episodes day and date within the U.S. and Britain.