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 POTENTIAL SPOILER ALERT: Woo hoo Torchwood fans! As you anxiously await the return of its long-awaited fourth series, show creator and executive producer Russell T. Davies drops a few hints on what's yet to come for his much-loved sci-fi TV program. Read on at your own will.

In an exclusive interview with Collider, the Welsh-born screenwriter says the upcoming installment, The New World, will briefly draw from its predecessor, Children of the Earth. Oooooh! As previously seen on BBC America, it's now slated to premiere on the Starz network in the U.S. and on BBC One in the UK next summer.

"Children of Earth left things almost format-less," he said. "They had no base, no authority and no mission, a lot of the time, except to survive. They're very much underground [now] and trying to survive. They've taken extreme actions. They have friends, they have enemies and they have betrayals."

The show, featuring main characters John Barrowman (Captain Jack Harkness) and Eve Myles (Gwen Cooper), has been away since 2009. Davies says such a lull will play into the upcoming season as well.

"Torchwood will have been off-air for two years, so I think it will feel like two years have passed. The script isn't that specific about it, but I think that two-year gap feels right," he said.

Could Torchwood also go by the way of Doctor Who and shoot on location in America?

"We have some UK settings and stories, and then a lot of it moves to America," explained Julie Gardner, Davies' producing partner. "There's a big global threat at the heart of it, and we see the implications play out in those two countries, predominantly."

"Any place can double up as a number of places," Davies added. "There will be scenes set in Washington, certainly, but we won't go to Washington to shoot. No one does that anymore. But, we have a very experienced production and design team, so we'll be able to do that. It's exciting."

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By MacKenzie Wilson