This past week saw BBC 1 air Torchwood: Children of Earth. James Moran, who has written a number of Doctor Who episodes (the show from which Torchwood is a spin-off), cowrote the episode “Day Three” with show creator Russell T. Davies. However, the following day saw an episode air that created a huge storm of controversy on both Twitter and among blogs.
The controversy started when a plot point (which will not be stated here) took place at the end of “Day Four”. Moran did not write the episode, nor did he have any hand in the episode’s creation, but because he is a presence on Twitter, he has become a lightning rod for fan frustration.
After the episode aired, the plot point became a trending topic on Twitter, where people were mostly angry about what they had seen happen. They began in on Moran, assuming he was responsible for the plot point.
None of this “Twitter rage” was well-founded, nor was the target of the rage deserving of the complaints.
Moran has posted an entry on his blog in response to all of this controversy. From his entry comes the following:
Here’s my position: I’m not going get into any more discussions or debates about what happened in Torchwood this week (being vague, in case people come across this and haven’t seen it). Not now, not in the future.
Why? I started trying to discuss it, but swiftly realised that it was pointless. It simply turns into “No it isn’t” / “Yes it is”, and there’s no way I can win the argument, because in certain people’s opinion, I am wrong, and that’s the end of it. And it’s all just opinion anyway. It would also feel like I was trying to justify the show, and I’m not doing that. I have absolutely no need to. The show is the show. Whether you like it or dislike it, that’s up to you.
I helped plot the whole storyline, and I stand by every single decision. Yes, including *that* one – I had my hand on the death lever along with everyone else, and was fully involved. I think it’s a fantastic, brave, challenging drama, and contains some of the best moments on TV all year.
The rest of the poignant article can be read here.
As someone who loves Torchwood (and especially the “parent” show, Doctor Who), I am ashamed that all of this controversy is now irrevocably attached to the fan community, no matter how incorrectly applied it is. Moran’s response is entirely correct and deserves to be read in its entirety.