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 here.
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Eve Myles has been a guest on the podcast a couple of times. Have a listen to the chat the Pharos project and I had with her last year, as well as the short chat she had with us at the entertainment media show.
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.
Published by BBC Books on 13th September 2012, £16.99 hardback
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…
Each incarnation of Torchwood has been dramatically different to the last. Series one started out on the digital channel, BBC3, series two was moved to BBC2 and series three was promoted to a prime time BBC1 slot. So where do you go for series 4? Well, to America. The new joint venture between BBC worldwide and Starz is a thing of beauty. It’s Torchwood with the budget Torchwood deserves.
The tone this time round is slightly different – it’s not as dark as series three but isn’t as fluffy as series one and two. This is good old fashioned BBC drama that happens to have a sci-fi theme. It raises huge moral and social questions.
The pace is fast and very action packed and the culture clashes between the US cast and the Welsh cast provide the funniest lines of the episode. The action really kicks off as soon as Jack arrives. It does, for a while, focus mainly on the US cast but that is understandable as this is series one for the Americans and series four for the UK. Don’t worry, it isn’t long until Jack, Gwen and Rhys are in full frame. The new cast add so much; Bill Pullman is on fine form as the convicted child molester Oswald Danes. Bill plays the role with an understated menace, which makes him extremely creepy. He puts a pause in the right place and it sends shivers down your spine.
The theme tune and title sequence have been changed and they work well, as does Murray Gold’s musical score throughout, setting the tone of each scene perfectly.
Episode one leaves you wanting more and from the series trailer we were shown, we’re in for a good ride. I’m only worried about where they can take Torchwood after Miracle Day – the only logical place would be a movie, which would be welcomed with open arms.