The show – which is created by Davies and Phil Ford – will be produced by BBC Cyrmu Wales, the same arm of the Beeb that oversaw the Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood, also created by Davies. However, unlike the sexy sexiness that sexed Torchwood (side note: sex), this will actually be firmly aimed towards kids, as it will be airing on CBBC. The first C, for our American friends, stands for “Crisps.”
“Writing for children is the biggest challenge of all and I think CBBC [BBC’s children’s channel] stands right at the heart of broadcasting,” said Davies to the Hollywood Reporter. “We're joining genres too – the show's a wild, funny, thrilling and sometimes scary collision of magic and science fiction.”
There’s a few questions we have, of course:
1) Who are we supposed to be rooting for?
2) Are these new fangled “cool” wizards, or are they old guys with beards and pointy hats? Because we’d be way into that.
3) Will the show eventually devolve into a bunch of impenetrable fan-service nonsense with no clear resolution, and too many Jesus metaphors, like Davies’ Doctor Who run and pretty much every episode of Torchwood?
We’ll say “probably not” on the last one, as Davies has a good track record working in kids TV (he started out working on shows for the BBC that mixed darkness and children’s stuff, like any good English writer worth his or her salt). For the first two, we’ll just have to wait and see, as the show won’t air until this Fall in the UK, and who knows when in the USA. Stay tuned for more info, and fingers crossed the tagline for the show is, “E.T.-cadabra!” Because that would be awesome.