Long before actor John Barrowman blessed American audiences as the new Ra’s al Ghul on Arrow (and now the “Arrowverse” as a whole), the UK actor was a part of geek culture across the pond as the memorable Captain Jack Harkness on Doctor Who as its subsequent spinoff, Torchwood. First introduced on the BBC series as a time agent turned con man from the 51st Century, he quickly became a fan favorite as he briefly was one of The Doctor’s companions. After his character’s supposed death, he went on to become immortal after being brought back to life as a result of the time vortex. As a result of never being able to die, Captain Jack has been killed 1,409 times. The character then was stranded in the past and joined the Torchwood group monitoring alien threats and reshaped it to honor The Doctor (rather than hunt him). He has since had his own spin-off show Torchwood, a show that had a darker edge than the family-friendly Doctor Who, which went on for four seasons.
It has been two and a half years since Torchwood: Miracle Day and while no one has said that the show is officially done, the show’s fans are still clamoring to know for certain that Torchwood still has a pulse. While we wait for that moment of worldwide celebration (well, nerd world. What else matters?) show star John Barrowman has kept himself busy, co-writing a novel (Hollow Earth) with his sister, touring the convention circuit (Barrowman will be at The Hollywood Show this weekend in Los Angeles), and co-starring in the CW’s Arrow (Barrowman assures us that “there’s a lot more interesting things for Malcolm Merlyn that are going to appear both in this series and next series).
But while Barrowman has stayed active, it’s clear that the actor wants to get back to Cardiff, and in our exclusive interview, we discuss continuing Jack’s story on the page, on the screen, what he thinks about the new Doctor, and his thoughts on the way Jack’s love life was handled. (more…)
This isn’t the first time Doctor Who and Torchwood star, John Barrowman has spoken publicly about a spin-off starring himself as Captain Jack and Alex Kingston as River Song. And it likely won’t be the last. At least, not until the BBC get it together and realize how genuinely awesome this could be! I’d even take it as a precursor to Torchwood since who knows when we’ll ever see the return of that series.
Talking with TVaddict, Barrowman again shared how he thinks the two former companions would get on,
I’d like to see the two of them prior to their lives crossing in some time realm where they actually meet up without the Doctors or anything like that and they are rogue heroes. Kind of like what Star Trek did in the very beginning, going around and saving civilisations without trying to get too involved, but they always get involved! They always do the wrong thing but for the right reasons and succeed.
I don’t see it being much like Star Trek, maybe a little rougher, more like Firefly? And it’d only be better if The Doctor was what brought them together. No matter what, those two together is a dangerous and fearsome combination. And sexy, we can’t forget sexy,
I think there would be a lot of standing off between the two of them to begin with, because they are two very, very strong characters. Very flirtatious! There would be a lot of innuendo going on. I think they would not do anything with each other for a long time because it would be too predictable. They have to be confined in a spaceship for a little while.
It’d probably ruin their chemistry were anything to ever happen, but the endless flirting would sure be fun! What do you think? Is this something you’d like to see the Beeb pursue? If so, you’ll need to let them know,
It’s not up to us. That’s the one thing fans need to remember. Like when they ask on Twitter: ‘When are you going to do another series of Torchwood? When you you be working with the 11th Doctor?’ It’s not up to me… It’s up to the BBC. If they know enough that you want those characters back, they’re smart. But it has to be done right and done well.
Of course, I’ll play Captain Jack at the drop of the hat if I’m asked to. No questions asked. But it’s up to [the BBC] to get the show off the ground. It’s down to financing and money.
Start those petitions and letter campaigns now!
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Despite the near mass refutation of the Miracle Day season that aired on BBC and Starz last summer, I think it’s safe to say that fans would like to see more Torchwood. Sadly for those same fans though, Torchwood creator Russell T. Davies says now that it may be a while till we see any new adventures featuring Captain Jack Harkness and Co.
Davies made the comments while appearing on BBC’s The Graham Norton Show, saying that while Torchwood isn’t (yet) officially cancelled, it is however in “a nice limbo.”
Here are Davies comments:
“I loved making it [in the States], and I would have carried on if circumstances hadn’t brought me back to this country, so it’s kind of in limbo for me at the moment.
“I’m not working on it at the moment. I’m only working on Wizards vs Aliens — when I get back to work one day, I don’t know, it’ll be old news to the BBC then! It’s not officially cancelled… It’s in a nice limbo where it can stew for a while — those shows can come back in ten, twenty years time.”
Twenty years?! Till more Torchwood? Oy.
As I’m sure you’ll recall, Davies has been dealing with his partner’s suffering from brain cancer, which understandably has taken up a lot of his time. But still, one hopes that Davies doesn’t wait too long. Captain Jack may be immortal, but John Borrowman is not. One hopes that the delay isn’t so long that Borrowman needs to be made youthful through the miracle of CGI to play the part.
Sci-Fi/Comic conventions are fun as hell, but sometimes, weird things happen. In addition to breaking the record for the largest gathering of Star Trek fans anywhere, the latest UK Trek-themed convention gains a place at the top of the “WTF?” list and has surely become a legendary moment for actor John Barrowman.
While hosting this past weekend’s Destination Star Trek Five Captains panel – where all five Star Trek captains were under the same roof answering fans’ questions and such – the Doctor Who and Torchwood star asked former Enterprise captain Scott Bakula to sign one of his butt cheeks. Being the sport that he his, Bakula proceeded to semi-permanently sign Barrowman’s torpedo bay under the watchful eyes of fellow Sci-fi captains Sir Patrick Stewart, Avery Brooks, Kate Mulgrew and captain James T. Kirk himself, William Shatner.
We can’t see everyone’s faces, but judging by the image posted by the @Team_Barrowman twitter page, at least Shatner is having a grand old time of it all. It’s something like this that could only happen at a convention.
Special thanks to Blastr for sharing the background image to every Torchwood fangirl’s computer for the next six months.
Don’t let the ambiguous first name fool you; I’m a lady. Always have been. And, despite the beaten path previous generations of women have carved for me, being a lady has had its ups and down. The positive role models are sparse, the pay gap is insulting, and the fashion is humiliating (skinny jeans are good for no one. NO ONE.) As a child, it was easier. While the other girls braided their hair, or whatever the hell they did, I ran with the boys. We hollered into sewer grates for Ninja Turtles, built rocket ships out of cardboard boxes, and argued over who got to be Egon in a healthy round of Ghostbusters. We were nerds, or at least we would be eventually. In all of these imaginary scenarios, I never got to play a main character (with the exception of Voltron); as the only girl, my roles in the imaginary games were general limited. Of course I didn’t get to play Egon; my options were the helpless Sigourney Weaver role, or Slimer. I generally opted for Slimer (more opportunities to spit). I know this experience is not unique to my childhood. There are countless other ladies out there, children of the eighties, whose playtime was diminished by a lack of viable, heroic, female characters to emulate.
As time has gone by, and my childhood has turned to agonizing adulthood, the roles of women in nerdery have changed. We’re no longer resigned to be the boobly and helpless damsel. There’s still sooooo far to go, but we’re making headway. We, at NerdBastards, think it’s time more light was shined on the women who are transforming the role of women in science fiction. The women who are breaking stereotypes and creating science-fiction gold.
We’re kicking off our first edition of Great Women in Nerdery with one of the most notable contributors to the modern cannon of science fiction, Jane Espenson. Had my childhood contained a Jane Espenson, my games of make believe would have been rife with characters to play. From writng and producing Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Battlestar Galactica, to penning episodes of Firefly, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Torchwood, Espenson has a hand in some of the most pivotal and memorable shows in modern nerdom. Her current projects, Once Upon a Time and Husbands (one of the only web series worth watching), are both one season in, and set to return for a second. We had a chance to talk with Jane and ask her about her experiences as a women in a male dominated industry. It’s not all serious faces and social politics, though. We’d be remiss if we didnt touch on the hot topics of speaking Klingon, Starbuck, and her contribution to Game of Thrones.
While the future of Torchwood is still up in the air after a disappointing fourth season, fans haven’t stopped speculating on the fates of the team’s only remaining original members, Gwen Cooper and Captain Jack Harkness. It would obviously be suicide for the show to kill of Captain Jack, so that only leaves Ms. Cooper. Could it happen?
Eve Myles seems confidant it couldn’t and simply wouldn’t happen. Then again, I’d be just as positive if my character’s life was on the line.
No, I don’t. And I am looking at it as an outsider. Every year, you’re expecting to turn to page 16, and go, oh I’ve been shot in the face. You just expect it, it’s Torchwood. But no. I don’t think so.
I think they’ve really developed that character into a fantastic everyday hero. I don’t think that it would be right to take somebody like her out of the equation.
She said the above in an interview with Den of Geek, discussing Torchwood‘s future, and adding, “This happens every time! All the time! There was never going to be a second, there was never going to be a third … ” Myles went on to even hint at a Torchwood movie.
Uh-huh, yeah. Premiering right after that Doctor Who movie. I hear David Yates is looking into it.
Anyway, back to Gwen possibly being offed, Den of Geek suggested it might be tougher for Gwen to keep living than to die, to which Myles responded,
Yes, absolutely. She lives, especially from when Ianto died, in complete guilt. And she loses people around her all the time. It’s always the ones who are left behind who suffer. So I don’t think they’d kill her off. But saying that, we never knew that Tosh, and Owen, and Ianto, Alexa, they would be killed off. It depends on what story [Russell] wants to tell. If he tells the story of, in the first scene, Gwen gets shot in the face, and it’s then backstory …
She then adds in that if she were to die, “she’s going to die fantastically.” So, there you go. If she dies it’ll be in a blaze of glory and hopefully not anywhere near as heartbreakingly sad as Ianto’s death.
What do you think the odds are if Torchwood returns we’d see Gwen die?
Russell T. Davies is one of the screen writers behind the reboot of Doctor Who (and Torchwood). He’ll be working alongside Phil Ford, who is also in on this Doctor Who bandwagon, on a project backed by BBC and FremantleMedia Enterprises.
Aliens vs. Wizards will be a 12-part series geared towards teh little ones.
According to Davies,
Writing for children is the biggest challenge of all, and I think CBBC (which will air the show in the U.K.) stands right at the heart of broadcasting.
We’re joining genres — the show’s a wild, funny, thrilling and sometimes scary collision of magic and science fiction.
The show is about the conflict between a young wizard named Tom Clarke and aliens called the Nekross. It’s expected to air in the fall of 2012 and chances are there will be a preview at the Mip TV Mart in Cannes this year.
It’s official, BBC Worldwide is launching a Doctor Who convention of their very own. Named the Doctor Who Official Convention (Clever name, lads.) it is being held at Millennium Centre in Cardiff in March 24th -25th of 2012. The con will only be a one day event though, with the activities of Saturday repeating on Sunday. And admission will also be £100. Ouch.
As of right now the only scheduled guests are Stephen Moffat and Matt Smith. Definitely plan on whoever the companions of the current season to be there, with possibly a few past TARDIS residents as well. Holding the convention where they film the show is a neat perk and they’ll being taking full advantage of this fact. Your ticket includes,
- Interactive Q&A panel discussions with the cast and crew
- Prosthetics & special effects demonstrations
- Official props and costume displays
- Official merchandise & collectables
Autograph or photos with any of the main cast members will cost extra.
For more info check out their website. For ticketing info go here. And I say expect mass hysteria when it comes to the sale of those tickets. We’re talking San Diego Comic Con-type sell out because there are only 1500 tickets available.
Are you down? Will you be traveling across the pond for the first ever, official Doctor Who con?
Source: Bleeding Cool
In other Whovian news, Eve Myles doesn’t think the Torchwood crew would be a good addition to the Anniversary special of Doctor Who. Assuming, of course, there will be a 50th Anniversary Doctor Who special. Myles is against a crossover between the two series because of Torchwood‘s adult themes.
We have lots of adult themes running in Torchwood and I think it would be inappropriate for us to have anything to do with Doctor Who because it’s predominantly a family programme.
I think that where Torchwood is, it deals with darker subjects and I think inter-mixing them, if they want to do that, then fine., but I can tell you that I’m not involved in it – they won’t give me guns or a bazooka.
I think her concern is a little silly. Jack’s made the crossover between the two series plenty of times. We even saw Myles in Doctor Who during “The Stolen Earth” and “Journey’s End.” Where she was, in fact, seen carrying a big fucking gun.
So, what do you think will really happen for Doctor Who‘s 50th Anniversary? With the date already garnering so much buzz the Beeb must have something planned, right? I don’t find it a coincidence their first official convention is next year, either.
Source: The Mary Sue
How could anyone consider not ever bringing back one of Doctor Who‘s most interesting, dashing, funny and overall AWESOME companions?! It’s almost unthinkable! Unfortunately, John Barrowman, Captain Jack himself is doubting he’ll ever return to the role on Doctor Who.
Barrowman recently finished up the fourth season of Torchwood, which aired on Starz in the U.S. and BBC in the U.K., and with it’s underwhelming viewership the future of the series is unknown. I still think it was a terrible move to Starz, a channel I and I’d wager many other U.S. fans don’t subscribe to. But regardless of Torchwood‘s fate, WHY U NO BRING JACK BACK TO WHO, MOFFAT?
In recent interviews the question of Jack’s return keeps being brought up. When Geek Files posed the question Barrowman responded,
Everybody keeps asking me and if I’m offered I would love to. I think it would be great. There is no plan to do that. No one has come forward. I don’t think it’ll happen. I’m always open for it, but who knows?
Well, that’s frustrating. Hey, he’s at least guaranteed to show up in the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special, right? RIGHT?
I think it would be great to be involved with the 50th Anniversary, since Jack was such a big part of the Whoworld. But, having said that, nothing’s been said, so I don’t sit and wait.
I don’t want fans to think that I don’t want to do it because I would love to, but if I’m not asked I’m not going to bang down the door—I’ll just move onto something else.
Come on, they’d have to include him. With the recent, sad departures of some of the Doctor’s closest companions (Sarah Jane, Brigadier) and some former Doctor’s flat out refusing to return, you can’t exclude those actors who actually want to return!
What do you think, are we jumping the gun assuming Jack will never return? The 50th Anniversary is still a few years off, will he at least return then?