Many people genuinely enjoy Torchwood – indeed, SciFiNow hasn’t exactly lambasted previous series – and it remains a high point in the British sci-fi calendar, but there is a creeping suspicion that it’s a show struggling to form its own identity.
Sadly, for our money, the new trailer for the upcoming five-part mini-series, Children Of Earth, compounds this sneaking sensation. Is it camp, family-oriented fun like its parent show, Doctor Who? Is it an adult thriller that demands to be taken seriously? Is it a weird, sexualised cross between the two? Can it cope with a full-on supernatural element on top of all this tonal confusion? To be perfectly frank, after this new preview, it’s hard to care.
Perhaps, though, we’ll find our answers when the new series airs this summer. In the meantime, you can view the new trailer here.