Exclusive: The Mind-Blowing Torchwood Twist No One Will See Coming

First up, here’s what we know about Torchwood‘s rapturously anticipated fourth season (airing stateside on Starz): It will have an extra- international flavor (including an extended stopover in L.A.), Bill Pullman has been cast as the Big Bad, and joining Captain Jack’s team full-time will be Mekhi Phfifer and Alexa Havins. But here’s what we don’t know: What it’ll be about! Well, put on your thinking caps and hold onto your hats.

The new season of Torchwood asks the provocative (and arguably horrifying) question, “What would happen if the entire human race became immortal?”

Now before you hand me over to the 456 for committing the ultimate injustice (impossible asterisk quizzes) know this: I’ll be filling in letters throughout the day, culminating with an all-out reveal right around 5:30 pm/ET — which, coincidentally, is around the time Torchwood boss Russell T. Davies will be meeting with reporters at the Television Critics Assoc. press tour to talk up (you guessed it) the new season.

So here’s what you do now: Start breaking down the riddle in the comments section, come back later (and later still) as I fill in the blanks, and then plant yourselves here at around 5:30 pm/ET for the full reveal and (hopefully) bonus details live from the Torchwood panel at TCA.

Oh, and one last thing: Said premise is going to make Torchwood: Children of the Earth look like mere child’s play. You thought that conceit was dark? Just wait.

THIS JUST IN FROM PRESS TOUR: “Not a single person on Earth dies” confirms Davies of the premise for the fourth season, which will bear the title Torchwood: Miracle Day. “The old stay old. It’s great news for some people, but globally it’s an instant population boom. Earth relies on people dying. Suddenly you’re affecting everyone on the planet. That’s where the Torchwood team comes in.”

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  1. Ashley Haverfield says:

    why isn’t Torchwood on BBCamerica ? I reall like Torchwood..k? I like all the doctor who spin offs..and maynot have Starz by then…why don’t they put it on BBCamerica where we don’t have to pay for the channel extra?


  2. Willow says:

    As long as it’s only humans…the series so far hasn’t mentioned it affecting animals. I’d think many people would become vegan if that were the case. I for one would have to get rid of my pet; I have a leopard gecko.

    • Willow says:

      Also no one has yet done experiements on the show if the immortality only extended to Earth’s gravitational field (which is highly likely since it has to be ET technology). Get people off the planet, and they’d likely become mortal again.

  3. GameMaster says:

    Torchwood: Miracle Day Season

    The New World -Episode 1 – Aired: 7/8/2011
    Convicted child killer Oswald Danes is executed for his crimes
    and when he miraculously survives his fate a series of events is
    set in place that forces CIA Agent Rex Matheson to investigate
    a global event. His investigation leads him from America to
    Wales and an old defunct British Institute – Torchwood.

    Rendition – Episode 2 – Aired: 7/15/2011
    Their flight to the United States turns into a battle for Jack’s life. Meanwhile, Esther has to realize that she and Rex have become
    a target alongside Torchwood.

    Dead Of Night – Episode 3 – Aired: 7/22/2011
    Torchwood and their new members Esther and Rex find a lead
    to their pursuers that takes them to PhiCorp, an international
    pharmaceutical company. Meanwhile, Oswald Danes’ media
    presence catches Jack’s attention who leaves to face Oswald.

    Escape To L.A. – Episode 4 – Aired: 7/29/2011
    Torchwood relocates to LA to sneak into PhiCorp’s headquarters
    to find some useful information, unaware that their mission has
    been compromised. Elsewhere, Oswald and Jilly face a new
    adversary in Ellis Hartley Monroe, who is using the Miracle Day for
    her own agenda.

    The Categories Of Life – Episode 5 – Aired: 8/5/2011
    After learning that her father was taken to an overflow camp, Gwen
    travels to Wales to get him out. Meanwhile, Jack approaches
    Oswald to give him a chance to join their cause and Rex, Vera and
    Esther infiltrate the San Pedro Camp where they uncover the horrible

    The Middle Men – Episode 6 – Aired: 8/12/2011
    Jack is left on his own when the rest of the team ends up trapped on
    different continents. However, time is running out and leaving him no choice than to go straight to the heart of the conspiracy.

    Immortal Sins – Episode 7 – Aired: 8/19/2011
    To keep her family safe, Gwen is forced to follow and uncover the
    Miracle’s long history.

    End Of The Road – Episode 8 – Aired: 8/26/2011
    While the society is on the verge of falling apart, Rex is forced to take drastic measures. Meanwhile, someone thought to be dead comes
    back to confront Jack.

    The Gathering – Episode 9 – Aired: 9/2/2011
    With the whole world in recession, a defeated Torchwood team take
    their last chance and make a deal with the devil.

    The Blood Line – Episode 10 – Aired: 9/9/2011
    No synopsis available.