Moffat Fires Back At Claims He's Stopping a Torchwood Revival

"You may be aware that John Barrowman has been saying, publicly, that I’ve been blocking a new series of 'Torchwood.' To be very clear — I haven’t blocked it; I wouldn’t block it; I wouldn’t even be ABLE to block it," Moffat said in a statement. "I didn’t even know a revival had been mooted till I read about it on the Internet. As John perfectly well knows, it’s not my show and I could no more prevent it happening that he could cancel 'Sherlock.' I am bewildered, and a little cross, even to be included in this conversation."

"For the record, I really liked the show (especially the third series) and would be very happy to see more - monsters and mayhem, why not?" Moffat continued. "But the fact is, it has nothing to do with me. Please pass this on to the anxious and the angry - I’ve had enough hate mail now."

John Barrowman, who played Captain Jack Harkness on both "Torchwood" and "Doctor Who," heavily implied that one executive producer on the "Doctor Who" team was stopping a revival of the show at Honolulu Comic Con in August. Barrowman has been leading the charge on bringing the "Doctor Who" spinoff back to television after the show ended in 2011.

"Without giving too much information away, I was on a phone call with one of our executive producers, telling me the obstacles we’d have to face in order to bring ['Torchwood'] back," Barrowman told the crowd during a panel. "And being told that it can’t until it’s got approval with certain people involved with 'Doctor Who'... I don’t understand why one show has to have the approval of another in order to come back. But that might change when somebody leaves."

Moffat announced at the beginning of 2016 that he will be stepping down as the "Doctor Who" showrunner after six years once the 2017 season airs.  The time-traveling series still has an upcoming Christmas Special that will air in December and the next season, and Moffat's last, will return in April 2017.

Via SciFi Bulletin, via i09.

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