Thinky thoughts at 5:03 in the morning, and yes, I have slept.
I woke up thinking about how Fox, as a network, would handle a programme like Torchwood, and, even with RTD, I think they would lose the spirit of the programme.
Torchwood does not fit into the mindset of what Fox thinks viewers are looking for with that sort of Sci-Fi programme, on a number of levels. They might look eviously at the viewing figures on BBC America, but I'm not sure the really grasp the appeal, or the viewing audience it attracts.
They have an old model, looking to attract young male viewers. This is not to say that young male viewers do not watch, but it wasn't really the limitations that the BBC put on the programme, or any preconceived notions of what they wanted.
RTD has always had a gay agenda in all his programmes, even hints of it, or with Jack, more than that, in Doctor Who. A programme aired and in many respects made for a much younger audience. Torchwood was for an adult audience, and the sexual aspects were more explicent. het, homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexual and in Jack's case omisexual. In many cases I cannot see Fox thinking that will appeal to their target audience, nor their sponsers. While the were busy fighting the alien of the week, or whoever was the bady, this was always an aspect of the show, and as imporatant as any other element of human relationships. I just do not see Fox being liberal, or daring, enough to keep those aspects in for fear of turning sponsers away, who can be pretty consertative.
I don't see Torchwood working with Fox, and I see RTD, and his agenda coming down with a major, crashing, bump in America. He may have been cosetted on the BBC, with it's licence fee, but competing for advertising with non-sympathetic companies may disillusion him. IMO.
Ok, so RTD has pissed off some fans with Season Three CoE on Torchwood. With Season Three Torchwood came of age, but might've left some fans behind from the rather silly programme it was in season One and Two. Ok, not so say there were not plot holes you could hold an M6 traffic jam in, but did have some undercurrents you had to think about, and could do some serious meta on.
His main problem was that he killed off a character in his main ship, putting a hole the size of a cannon ball in it, and sinking it. It is not a wise move to do that. Yes yes I know, "but Joss"....no he didn't. He killed off Angel, and brought him back on the next season, he killed off Spike, and moved him to his spin-off. Bangel and Spuffy fans still life to fight and argue another day, thus keeping the fandom alive, even if I find it quite negative, the Buffy!Verse lives on.
While, after CoE Day Four there has been a massive increase in creativity from the fans, there are a lot of people who feel they have been betrayed, that he threw the baby out with the bathwater.
So what is his message to disgruntiled fans? Watch Supernatural. Not a good idea to totally piss off a whole section of your own fans, then another fandom as well. Especially not Supernatural, with very loyal and, in some cases, fanatical fans. Even worse doing it to an American show when you are off to America to make programmes.
Unless of course this is his way of saying that he is going to bring Ianto back. As we know, Sam and Dean never stay dead.
But then again RTD, having annoyed so many people, even if you get another season, how many are going to stick around to watch it?
Ok everyone, who fancies posting there favourite Ianto Pictures and moments?