Audio production company Big Finish, announced today that Burn Gorman will be reprising his role as Owen Harper. For their Torchwood range of audios.
Burn’s first audio, will be Corpse Day, which will be released in May.
Producer James Goss said:
“We’ve been trying to get Burn Gormansince we started. We’ve been hunting him across the globe, from Man In The High Castle to And Then There Were None, and we kept getting so close – and then he vanished into the depths of Hungary to make a film for months – but as soon as the project wrapped he was raring to go”
“Watching him recreate Torchwood’s sour zombie doctor was amazing – it was impossible to think that this was the same man who’d had us all giggling moments before. It was one of the most delightful days we’ve had on Torchwood – we put him together with Tom Price and just left them to it. Owen Harper is back from the dead, and he’s deader than ever. If you’ve never tried a Torchwood, I beg you to try Corpse Day. It’s pretty much everything.”
Here’s the synopsis:
Glynn Lewis is just putting up a spice rack when there’s a knock at the door. A knock that will bring a brutal end to his perfect family.
PC Andy is very excited. It’s Corpse Day – the day when the local constabulary get help on dead cases from Torchwood. This year, he’s volunteered to act as liaison, and he knows he’s going to have a brilliant time.
For Dr Owen Harper, today’s just like any other. There’ll be bloodshed, screaming and murder. At the end of it all, he doesn’t care. After all, life’s just for the living, and he’s long dead.
It’s no secret the Doctor Who spin-off hardly broke ratings records, when it premiered on the IPlayer a few months ago.
It’s recent terrestrial broadcast didn’t fair much better either, pulling in just 0.94 million when it aired on BBC One earlier this week.
Even though it did manage to build a fanbase. A second series looks unlikely. Members of the cast have even been retweeting a petition for a new series.
I thought I’d take this opportunity to look at the way the BBC handled the show.
From announcement to broadcast, the BBC have handled the show rather poorly.
I mean, logistically speaking. Who in their right mind launches a spin-off show, that doesn’t feature pre-existing characters (in a lead role), when the main show has been off the air for a year?
Yes, I know Star Trek did shows set in the same universe.
As did CSI, but those were different. Those were expansions on already familiar concepts. If you call a show CSI:Miami, there’s instant brand recognition, same with Star Trek.
With the upcoming Star Trek:Discovery, we already basically know what to expect. We can guess the key ingredients.
Just what is Class to the average channel hopper?
When Torchwood launched in 2006, Doctor Who was at its height of popularity. It featured a recognisable character from Doctor Who. There was brand familiarity.
What the BBC have essentially done, is give a Friends spin-off, to a character that never appeared in Friends. Mental.
Despite being canceled in 2015, fans have demanded further adventures for John Constantine. And now, they’re about to get their wish-sort of.
It’s been announced that Constantine will be resurrected as an animated series on CW Seed, with Matt Ryan reprising his role.
The series will consist of five 10-minute episodes, which will premiere later this year.
It’s currently unknown if the series will follow any of the events in the first series. However, much like CW Seed’s Vixen series, it will be canon in the shared “Arrowverse” which now includes; Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and, Supergirl.
Now Vixen is part of Legends of tomorrow, maybe John Constantine could join them for series 3.