From Chris Chibnall to Fox: Torchwood's Marginalized Authors and Counter-Discourses of TV Authorship

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Abstract

This chapter focuses on the series precisely as a case study in TV authorship. It begins with a marginalization which has been created by academic and fan emphasis on Russell T. Davies as Torchwood's showrunner-auteur: what has happened to any sense of "Chris Chibnall's Torchwood"?. Then, the chapter moves on to consider two cases of across-the-line authorship: an episode by Si Spencer which was commissioned for series one, but then paid for and dropped during production, and the case of Fox's involvement in developing what became Torchwood: Miracle Day. First, though, what of the possibility that Torchwood has had multiple showrunners? How can the relationship between showrunners and between authorial discourses be understood in relation to Torchwood's production processes?

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Companion to Media Authorship
EditorsJonathan Gray, Derek Johnson
PublisherWiley-Blackwell
Chapter10
Pages200-220
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781118505526, 9781118495254
ISBN (Print)9780470670965
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Mar 2013
Externally publishedYes

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    Hills, M. (2013). From Chris Chibnall to Fox: Torchwood's Marginalized Authors and Counter-Discourses of TV Authorship. In J. Gray, & D. Johnson (Eds.), A Companion to Media Authorship (pp. 200-220). Wiley-Blackwell. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118505526.ch10