Steven Moffat Declares He Is Not Blocking Torchwood


Doctor Who's outgoing head writer Steven Moffat has clarified his position on continuing Torchwood.

"I really liked the show (especially the third series) and would be very happy to see more – monsters and mayhem, why not?" he told Doctor Who News after receiving a new wave of hate mail in the wake of Torchwood star John Barrowman's recent comments indicating a new season would require "approval from certain people involved with Doctor Who" and that the situation would be more favorable "when somebody leaves."

Moffat made it clear that he has not blocked a new season and is not even in a position to do so. "As John perfectly well knows, it's not my show and I could no more prevent it happening that he could cancel Sherlock," he said. "I am bewildered, and a little cross, even to be included in this conversation."

Though Moffat first wrote Barrowman's character, Captain Jack Harkness, in the first season two-parter "The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances," Torchwood — and indeed a lot of the character's development — is the creation of Russell T. Davies. Following the completion of Torchwood's fourth season, Davies announced the series would go on an indefinite hiatus due to personal reasons.

And while it seems Barrowman believes he will find a warmer reception with incoming Doctor Who head writer Chris Chibnall, who shared head writing duties with Davies on Torchwood's first season, he can be heard as Captain Jack in a series of audio dramas from Big Finish; which recently announced a new series of adventures with the character set for release next year.