Filming for the third season of Doctor Who spinoff Torchwood has begun in Cardiff, Wales, according to BBC Worldwide. The series, created by Russell T. Davies, is scheduled to return in 2009, with a shortened, five-episode series titled Torchwood: Children of Earth, and will air on BBC America shortly after debuting in the U.K.
“We’ve decided to do a five-part mini-series, one big story that will run during one week,” Torchwood executive producer Julie Gardner told TV Guide. “I wanted to make a really big noise about the show.” The new season sees the Torchwood team embarking on a single action-packed adventure as they battle for the future of the human race against “the fiercest force they have yet encountered.”
The returning cast includes John Barrowman as Capt. Jack Harkness, Eve Myles as Gwen Cooper and Gareth David-Lloyd as Ianto Jones. Also reprising their recurring roles are Kai Owen as Gwen’s husband, Rhys, and Tom Price as PC Andy. Special guests in the five-part series include Peter Capaldi, who plays the role of Mr. Frobisher, a civil servant who is hiding a terrible secret; Paul Copely as Clem, a survivor still haunted by his past; and Liz May Brice as Johnson, a cynical covert government agent determined to expose Torchwood.
The ending of the Doctor Who season finale “Journey’s End,” which saw Captain Jack walking off with Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman) and Mickey Smith (Noel Clarke), seemed to suggest that both those characters might be crossing over for Torchwood‘s third season. But the subsequent casting of Agyeman in ITV’s upcoming Law & Order: London has cast some doubt on Martha’s return to the Torchwood Hub, and the BBC has been mum about Clarke so far.
Torchwood‘s third season will have a new producer, Peter Bennett, (who’s previously worked on both Torchwood and Doctor Who, as well as films The Mummy, A View to a Kill, and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom) since previous showrunner Chris Chibnall has exited to helm L&O: London.
The second season of Torchwood will be released on DVD in the U.S. on Sept. 16.