Torchwood: Miracle Day Doesn’t Suck
Torchwood has been rightly thought of as the deformed brother of Doctor Who, the one your parents locked in the attic five years ago and never speak of. Strangely, the latest series, Miracle Day, is not only a darkly intense thriller full of extreme violence, sex, America, gallows humour and moral grey areas, it’s also actually quite good.
John Barrowman is back, still camp but in a grim sort of way, trying to solve the problem of eternal life, which has been bestowed upon the entire population of Earth. While some see this miracle day as a blessing, other, less stupid, individuals understand how dire things are about to become, as disease spreads unchecked, hospitals overflow and bureaucrats redefine what is technically ‘alive’ and who can be classified as ‘dead’. There’s still plenty of cheese for those of you who like the Doctor Who connection, but Miracle Day is a surprisingly intelligent thriller, and a welcome departure from what one might expect from a science fiction television show largely set in Wales.
Torchwood: Miracle Day stars John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Mekhi Phifer and Bill Pullman. It is available to watch now on BBC iplayer.