Earlier this year John Barrowman spent a week recording various projects for Big Finish. One of those included an audio with Camille Coduri. There was a lot of fan speculation at the time, as to what this audio could be. Barrowman took to Facebook tonight to announce the four-part audio series ‘The lives of Captain Jack’.
Released in June 2017, The Lives of Captain Jack is written by Guy Adams and James Goss. The stories include:
THE YEAR AFTER I DIED: Set in the year 200,101, on an Earth ravaged by the Daleks, we see Jack struggling to save humanity from its oldest enemy.
WEDNESDAYS FOR BEGINNERS: Jack and Jackie Tyler (Camille Coduri) must unite to rescue the Powell Estate from a force whose name Jackie can never say.
ONE ENCHANTED EVENING: Captain Jack and Alonso Frame (Russell Tovey) have only just met. But why did the Doctor want them to be together?
MONTH 25: He’s the young star of the Time Agency, and his whole life is about to fall apart. But that’s not going to stop him winning.
A couple of hours ago, John Barrowman posted a teasing video on his Facebook page. The actor says:
“I will be back in Cardiff in about a week and a half. But I’m not telling you what for!”
Coincidentally, production begins on the Doctor Who Christmas special, in Cardiff in just over a week.
As New companion actress Pearl Mackie is still contracted to ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time’ until the end of June, it’s very unlikely we’ll meet Bill in the Christmas special.
Peter Capaldi had previously stated:
“I don’t know whether she would be involved in the Christmas special, because it’s so specific, the story we’re doing with the companion.”
Personally, I would love to see Barrowman reprise his role as Jack in the Christmas special. It’s been five long years since we last saw him in Torchwood. Although Barrowman has recently played the character again for Big Finish.
At a press conference for the hit CW show, Arrow, John Barrowman revealed that the BBC are producing “three or four” audio dramas based on the series. It’s hard to believe that it’s been four years since we last saw team Torchwood.
The actor added:
“My sister and I are discussing the possibility of writing one of them”
Barrowman is now a series regular on Arrow, but he did reveal that the producers have always stated they would allow him to film more Torchwood/Doctor Who, should the opportunity ever arises).
John and his sister Carole E. Barrowman, have co-written several Torchwood novels together as well as some comics.
Barrowman didn’t specify a timeframe for production/broadcast, or even if the events took place pre/after miracle day, but he did say at least one story will feature the original Torchwood team.
Torchwood producers Russell T Davies and Julie Gardner will also be involved.
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Our reviews of the previous Torchwood audio plays can be found
It’s been rumoured and I stress rumoured that during series 8 of Doctor Who, we will see a younger, recast Captain Jack. I’m extremely skeptical that Moffat would go down this route, seeing as we’ve just had the Doctor and River Song storyline.
But, With John Barrowman’s profile rising stateside a recast would certainly make sense. He has just been cast as a series regular in CW’s ‘Arrow’ so, his availability would play a huge factor in him returning as captain Jack. Going with a younger Jack would also make it easier for the writers of Doctor Who and Torchwood, to keep track of the continuity, when/if Torchwood ever returns.
When Jack first met the 9th Doctor, he told him that he had two years of his life missing, Moffat could certainly answer that open plot thread by introducing a younger captain Jack.
But, who would be capable of playing a part played so perfectly by John Barrowman. For me, it’s an easy answer. Beau Mirchoff (pictured above). Now, Mirchoff is not a household name but he does bare an uncanny resemblance to John Barrowman. Beau is probably best known for playing the son, of Barrowman’s character in Desperate Housewives.
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From Torchwood star John Barrowman, and Carole Barrowman, an epic thriller that finds Captain Jack and Gwen in a race to save humanity itself…
It starts with a series of unexplained events. Earth tremors across the globe. Women being driven insane by their heightened and scrambled senses. And the world is starting to notice – the number one Twitter trend is #realfemmefatales.
Governments and scientists are bewildered and silent. The world needs Torchwood, but there’s not much of Torchwood left.
Captain Jack has tracked the problem to its source: a village in Peru, where he’s uncovered evidence of alien involvement. In Cardiff, Gwen Cooper has discovered something alien and somehow connected to Jack. If the world is to be restored, she has to warn him – but she’s quickly becoming a victim of the madness too…