Terrifying Torchwood

Jack will face scary black and white people

According to Sapphire and Steel creator PJ Hammond, the episode he’s written for season two of Torchwood should come with a warning: “Not for those of a nervous disposition.”

“I really can’t say a lot,” he told SFX, before telling us just enough to get really excited, “but it’s going to be terrifying.”

Hammond wrote one of the first season’s best-received stories, "Small Worlds” which reinvented the myth of Cottingley Fairies as a modern urban chiller. Next time around he promises even more scares.

“It’s going to be so creepy,” he continues.” One thing I can say is that I’ve borrowed something from my Sapphire and Steel days. I think one of my favourite Sapphire and Steels was the one with Mr Shape going in and out of photographs. Torchwood takes this a bit further and it’s people coming out of moving films from the ’20s. There are some lovely ‘black and white’ people in it."

Well, the New Who-niverse has tipped its hat to that particular Sapphire and Steel story twice before (with the faceless people in “The Idiot’s Lantern” and the “trapped in mirrors” resolution to the “Family Of Blood”) so it’s only fair that the guy who wrote the original should do his bit for environment and recycle as well.

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