'Torchwood' Season 3 Kicks Off Five-Night Affair Tonight


Torchwood returns tonight on BBC America, kicking off a five-part nightly affair with the continuation of the exciting season 2 finale that saw two of the show's five main characters, Owen (Burn Gorman) and Toshiko (Naoko Mori), killed off.


On the first hour of the Doctor Who spin-off, set to air tonight 9pm, agents "Captain Jack" Harkness (John Barrowman), Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles) and Ianto Jones (Gareth David-Lloyd) spring into action after they detect alien activity - "We are coming."


The five-night miniseries called Torchwood: Children of Earth follows the British sci-fi series' two 13-episode seasons which has gained a steady although small fan base in the US, registering around half a mil for its premiere episodes. Creator and writer Russell Davis says he is "excited" regarding the new format.


"It's becoming a new tradition in Britain -- the five-night schedule," says Davies. "It started a couple years ago with a drama called Five Days, and then there was another drama last summer called Criminal Justice that was absolutely brilliant."


In addition, Torchwood: Children of Earth will saw the first time that Davies goes back to writing its script after the pilot.


Torchwood follows a team of supra-government agents fighting aliens and monsters in and around Cardiff, Wales. Its third season was conceived as a single-story, five-night event, set on the day when all the children of the world begin to chant, "We are coming," - something that Davis admits he has thought of a long time ago.


"The image of the children stopping and all speaking with one voice is actually (something) I've had in mind for a long time," he says. "It could've been a Doctor Who story, it could've been a Torchwood story. Eventually, along came this five-hour format, and it just fit."


Catch Torchwood: Children of Earth all nights of this week 9pm on BBC America.


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