After the blockbuster success of Torchwood: Children of Earth this past summer, it was inevitable that the BBC would commission a fourth series (season) of Torchwood. The question that lingered was in what format would they air it. Unlike prior series, Children of Earth was a single-story five-night event, with new installments each night. I'm thrilled to find that they've ordered a full 13-episode fourth series, as reported by Slice of Sci-Fi.

As for what could happen, that's very much in the air. Everyone except for Gwen, Rhys (who's not even on the team) and Jack perished during the mini-series. At the end, Jack even left the Earth. Then again, this is the universe of Doctor Who, where time travel and the impossible are all in a day's work. So perhaps Ianto could return. Hell, they could find a way to bring back Tosh and Owen as well.

Or, as with Doctor Who, the cast will change but the spirit will remain the same. Even Captain Jack could be replaced, though it would definitely not be the same show without the swaggering confidence of John Barrowman in the role.

Also unclear is if, when and how the new Torchwood series might interact with the new Doctor Who series, and the new Doctor. Jack has a long-standing relationship with David Tennant's Doctor, so his reactions to Matt Smith's interpretation of the character could be very interesting indeed.

All I know is that after a few Doctor Who movies this year, and one lousy week of Torchwood, I'm ready to get this train rolling with full seasons of both shows!
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