Should Doctor Who do an adults-only spinoff again?

So after having seen @Tian’s reaction to Torchwood, where he said:

I hope that any future spin-offs will learn from this and be equally good.

It made me think - was it a good idea to have an adults-only spin-off like Torchwood, and do you think we will see it again?

I’m currently thinking:


  • A different perspective on the Whoniverse, a way to tell completely different stories (sex gas?) and to maybe lure in different writers and directors who don’t want to work on a ‘family’ show.
  • Definitely gets publicity as something shocking to talk about
  • Can deal with more difficult themes that the main show cannot touch


  • A show that is so intertwined with the Whoniverse but off-limits to children cannot do certain things such as include the Doctor, for fear of encouraging young children to see such an adult show
  • Limits the audience even further - I don’t know about numbers but I can’t imagine non-Who fans tuned into Torchwood alone? Did it bring in any new fans do we think?
  • Sometimes veered into being rude and sweary just because it could
  • I don’t think Disney would like to touch it with a barge pole

What do you think?


To me, it all comes down to the story. I think that an adult series can be really good like the last two seasons of Torchwood but it can also feel a bit gimmicky like the first two seasons of TW or all-adult superhero movies that tried to copy Deadpool.