torchwood/barrowman article round up
- TV Reviews
Torchwood: Children of Earth - BBC One Monday,
July 6 - Friday, July 10 9pm-10pm
09:46 - 01 July 2009
JOHN Barrowman returns as Captain Jack Harkness
in a new five-part series of the sassy sci-fi drama, Torchwood.
Captain Jack is joined by his loyal companions,
Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles) and Ianto Jones (Gareth David-Lloyd)
Entitled, Children of Earth the new series sees
the alien fighting taskforce prompted into action
after every single child in the world stops.
A haunting message is then sent to the
governments of Earth saying: 'We are coming'.
With Captain Jack and his team being forced
underground by the UK government, events escalate
to such a degree that mankind faces extinction.
BBC America Comic Con 2009 Schedule
Doctor Who - Planet of the Dead
For those of you attending Comic Con later this
month, I thought you might be interested to know
that some of BBC America's shows will have
panels, including Doctor Who, Torchwood, Being Human, and The Mighty Boosh.
Check out the BBC AMERICA Comic-Con Panel and Signing Schedule below:
Friday, July 24
4:45-5:45pm The Mighty Boosh: creators-stars
Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding along with
actors Michael Fielding, Rich Fulcher and Dave
Brown will be on stage to discuss the magical,
bizarre and exciting world of The Boosh,
currently airing on Adult Swim and released on
DVD by the BBC two days before the convention
begins. The San Jose Mercury News describes the
show as "an acid-trip fantasy-comedy [that] is
seriously deranged and seriously funny." Room 6A
3:30-4:30pm The Mighty Boosh signing in the Autograph Area.
Saturday, July 25
3:00-4:00pm Being Human: creator Toby Whithouse
and actors Russell Tovey, Lenora Crichlow and
Aidan Turner signing at the BBC AMERICA booth (#3629).
7:30-10:00pm Torchwood/Doctor Who: Key talent
from both shows introduce the last episode of the
five part series Torchwood: Children of Earth and
an advance viewing of Doctor Who: Planet of the
Dead, the first of four specials starring David Tennant. Room 6A
Sunday, July 26
10:00-11:00am Doctor Who: actor David Tennant,
writer/executive producer Russell T Davies,
director Euros Lyn and executive producer Julie
Gardner discuss their creative process and
experiences working on BBC AMERICA's Doctor Who
with exclusive clips and a Q&A session. Ballroom 20
2:15-3:45pm Being Human/Torchwood: Being Human
creator Toby Whithouse and cast members Russell
Tovey, Lenora Crichlow and Aidan Turner, are on
stage to give an inside look at BBC AMERICA's
U.S. premiere sci-fi drama about the lives of
three twenty-somethings and their secret
double-lives - as a werewolf, a vampire and a
ghost. Following that actor John Barrowman,
creator/writer/executive producer Russell T
Davies, executive producer Julie Gardner and
director Euros Lyn talk about the making of the
epic five-night television event Torchwood:
Children of Earth as well as take questions from the fans. Room 6BCF
Exclusive - Torchwood's Ianto speaks!
Wednesday, July 1 2009, 9:04am EDT
By Neil Wilkes, Editor
After two series spent as the fifth fiddle, Ianto
Jones has now been upgraded to third fiddle in the Torchwood team.
This series Ianto is called upon more than ever
before in the face of Torchwood's greatest threat
to date. How does he cope with events? And what's
the latest with Ianto and Jack? We caught up with
the very softly-spoken Gareth David-Lloyd to find
out. (Suggestion: turn your volume up)
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John Barrowman reveals Torchwood's new secrets
Jun 30, 2009
John Barrowman returns as Captain Jack Harkness
in five new episodes of Torchwood to be shown
over one week. Here he tells What's On TV what we
can expect in the latest adventure, Children Of Earth...
Can you set the scene for the first episode?
"I don't want to give too much away. But
Torchwood is confronted with an awful situation -
children are stopping in their tracks all over
the world, making freaky noises. The frozen
children start chanting 'We are coming' in unison
and it's Torchwood's job to find out what's going
on. The childrens' parents are beside themselves
of course and it becomes us-and-them situation with the government."
How is this series different from previous series of Torchwood?
"For series one we were a newborn learning to
crawl, in the second we were walking, but in this
third series we're running. We've really found
our feet. We still have the alien intervention,
but we're more of a thriller drama and a lot darker."
The time we see a side to Jack that we hadn't been aware of before
"That's right. Jack has a daughter and a
grandson. That's really all I can say as it adds
more depth to Jack and makes his decisions feel more weighty."
Bearing in mind Jack is a sci-fi character that
can't die - how does it affect him meeting his daughter and grandson?
"One thing we know about Jack from previous
episodes is that he watched his wife die. He
watches people he loves get taken from him and
that's really hard for him. Gwen has given him a
reason to go on. But no one wants to outlive
their children, do they? So to play the scene
with my daughter was great, but I've had other
stories where Jack's met people that have aged when he hasn't."
Did you play Jack any differently this time?
"No. I'm not one of those actors who mulls over
things. I'm a huge science fiction fan anyway, so
it's easy for me to escape into a fantasy role in
any way that's needed. When I put on that coat and boots I'm Jack, not John."
Is there a ruthless side to Jack?
"Absolutely! I've said this from day one, the
wonderful thing is that Jack is so determined,
ruthless and focused. His objective is to save
the planet. So if there's an evil alien inside
you, I would shoot you. Gwen makes him see the
other side - for example if a human has been
taken over by an alien, she wants him to remember that."
How did you feel when you read that the beloved Torchwood base gets blown up?
"I really wanted to turn the page of my script to
see what happens! But I can't tell you the secret behind it."
There were only three members of Torchwood this
time - was that strange for you?
"With just three of us it's a new look at the
team and that's exciting, but we do miss the
others - Tosh and Owen - who died in the last series."
Is this your dream job?
"I love what I do, I get a thrill out of it. It's
being a little boy living out his fantasy dream.
This year my family will be over from the US
watching it with me - that's what it is - family
event television. I'm so excited."
Do you like Jack's outfits?
"I love them and have my own Captain Jack outfit
that I wear around Cardiff. I'm not kidding!"
Being only five episodes long, has this series
given you more time for other projects?
"Not really. Last year I got offered two series
for American shows, but I turned them down
because of my commitments here. It's gone to five
because it has to make an impact on BBC1. It has
to be an event. We're so happy with this, it's a brilliant piece of TV.
Torchwood will be shown on BBC1 every evening at
9pm from Monday July 6 until Friday July 10.
John Barrowman talks Torchwood: Children of Earth
and why the it may not be over (new video)
July 1, 5:34 PM
John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness
The long awaited return of Torchwood will be over
when Torchwood: Children of Earth airs on BBC
America in a five-episode mini-season. John
Barrowman, who plays Capt. Jack Harkness,
promises it will be worth the wait when the
series returns on July 20 for five consecutive
nights. And word is, if it does well, we could expect more.
"The story, without giving any inkling of what
happened, the story is incredible," Barrowman
said. "It's darker. It's filled with a lot more
action. There's revelations about Jack that are
just going to make people, ... let's say, ...
crap themselves because they're so shocking.
There's things that happen to each and every one
of the team that will just blow your mind. It is
a huge, big roller coaster, and there's one thing
... [producer] Russell [T. Davies] said this the
other day in the panel, so I'm not saying, I
think, anything that is out of line. But he said,
'It shows you how things in our life can be
disposable.' And he's not just talking about
trash. He's talking about individuals."
In the first episode, all the children on the
Earth suddenly stop. Torchwood soon discovers an
alien threat is behind it all. Captain Jack
Harkness (John Barrowman), Gwen Cooper (Eve
Myles), Ianto Jones (Gareth David-Lloyd), Rhys
(Kai Owen) and PC Andy (Tom Price) all return for
the third season. Torchwood: Children of Earth
will be the first series on BBC America to be simulcast in HD.
But will there be more Torchwood?
Barrowman said, "That could happen. In fact, I
had a discussion the other day with Russell. We
were doing a panel, ... showed the first episode
at the National Film Theater here in London with
an audience of viewers and what we call punters,
and we did a panel question thing afterwards. One
of the things we came up with, we said, "If this
does well, we could come back for [season] four,"
which I would love and hope that we do. I
said-and as Russell said-it could be two events,
three events, but done in what we find the
stories work over this five-day period as a
one-off thing, but we could do maybe two events
or three. So then you would get the full amount of episodes."
This is great news to me and all other who love Torchwood. Give us lots more!
Following is a new extended trailer for the mini-series.
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Eve on Torchwood Gwen's fast life
1 day ago
Torchwood beauty Eve Myles has said her character
Gwen has no time to stop and think in the new action-packed five-part series.
The Welsh actress, who stars alongside John
Barrowman in the hit sci-fi drama, said her
character Gwen faces "life and death every minute of the day".
She said: "She's constantly evolving in this and
there is no time to have second thoughts, it moves so quickly."
She continued: "She's a massive decision maker
this year and the first decision is the one she
always goes with because there's no time for a
plan b, c or d, it's plan a and she goes for it."
Eve added that she would love for the show to
have another series but its future depends on the
success of the upcoming shows.
"I would love to be able to say 'Yes I've been
booked for 55 years,' but I have no idea. We've
got amazing fans and people who support and
follow it. I'm keeping my fingers crossed."
:: Torchwood: Children Of Earth, a new five-part
series for BBC runs every night next week starting Monday at 9pm.
Copyright © 2009 The Press Association.
Young actress's excitement over Torchwood role
Thursday, July 02, 2009, 12:46
IT'S not every day that a seven-year-old girl
gets caught up in an alien invasion.
But that's exactly what happened to Gorseinon
schoolgirl Aimee Davies when she was snapped up to appear in Torchwood.
The latest run of Swansea writer Russell T
Davies's smash-hit sci-fi series will be shown
over five consecutive nights next week.
And Aimee, who attends Gorseinon Infants School,
will be seen in all five of them.
She plays Mica Davies, the niece of regular
series character Ianto Jones, filming her scenes
with actor Gareth Lloyd Jones, who plays Ianto,
and Eve Myles, from Ystradgynlais, who plays Gwen Cooper.
Aimee is a member of the Mark Jermin Stage
School. Her mum Sarah Davies said she would be
allowed to watch it. "If I see anything I think
is unsuitable, I will switch it over quickly,"
said Sarah. "But Aimee does know it's all
make-believe, and it does look such an amazing story."
Torchwood coming to Comic-Con
July 2, 9:36 AM
The Torchwood universe spans DVDs, CDs, and
books. Photo by Karen Sweeny-Justice.
Two years ago, BBC television introduced
Torchwood to a not-quite filled room at
Comic-Con. That panel event introduced the show
-- a spin-off from the popular Doctor Who series
-- and featured the writers, who showed clips of
the soon-to-air in the United States sci-fi
program. This year, Comic-Con attendees can
attend a panel discussion that features John
Barrowman, star of the hit show. Other panelists
include writer/producer Russell T. Davies,
executive producer Julie Gardner and director Euros Lyn.
The Torchwood panel discussion will be on July 26
at 2:15 p.m. It comes on the heels of the airing
of the third -- abbreviated -- season of
Torchwood on BBCAmerica. The five-night
event/mini-series airs the week of Comic-Con. (Check local listings.)
Barrowman has gone on record that he felt that
the BBC had short-changed Torchwood, one of its
most popular series. The show moved from BBC3 to
BBC2 and landed on BBC1 for the mini-series. In
doing so, it went from a season of 13 episodes to
the five that will air this month.
"The five episodes, the mini-series as I call it,
are incredible - I have no doubt about that - but
personally, I felt like we were being punished,"
Barrowman told The Radio Times, a BBC magazine.
"Other shows move from BBC3 and 2 to 1, and they
don't get cut. So why are we? It felt like every
time we moved we had to prove ourselves."
While it might have changed channels in the
United Kingdom, Torchwood has successfully made
the transition to DVD, has spun off a series of
BBC Books, has a soundtrack CD, and is now being
done as a series of radio plays.
Celebrity gossip by Sam Peeps
Torchwood star John Barrowman is due to return to
our TV screens shortly, but when it comes to
learning his lines, he has simple way of doing it...
He told me: "I don't read it way ahead. I read
it, I learn the lines and we do it. In the
read-through I usually am reading it for the first time."
That's either acting John, or just being plain
lazy. Get your homework done, and learn those lines!
Exclusive - Torchwood's Gwen speaks!
Thursday, July 2 2009, 9:47am EDT
By Neil Wilkes, Editor
On the penultimate day of Torchwood Week, we
catch up with the delightful Eve Myles to get her
take on the events of Children Of Earth.
This series Gwen is forced to step up to the
plate and take control after a devastating event
rocks her world. She also has a very large
personal revelation to contend with - and an
awful lot of running to do. Click 'play' below to see:
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Additional reporting by Chris Allen
Torchwood star to open summer fete
8:40am Friday 3rd July 2009
ACTOR John Barrowman will officially open Sully
School's Summer Fete this Saturday (July 4).
The 42-year-old star, who plays Captain Jack
Harkness in BBC sci-fi hit Torchwood, will get
proceedings underway at the school on Burnham Avenue, from 2pm.
Mr Barrowman recently bought a home in the
village, following repeated visits to south Wales for filming.
Fete organiser Chris Fletcher says he was
pleasantly surprised to secure such a big name.
"It's great of John Barrowman to come and open the fete," he said.
"I've seen him in Sully a few times so thought
I'd be cheeky and put a note through his front door.
"I was quite shocked when his agent called saying
he'd be delighted to get involved!"
The fete will have a red, blue and white theme as
it takes place on American Independence Day.
There will be music, displays from South Wales
Fire and Rescue, vintage bus rides, tug-of-war,
raffle and barbecue and other fair favourites. Entry is 50p.
Torchwood Week: Square Eyes Special Preview
By Mark Wright on July 2, 2009 4:41 PM
Torchwood: Children of Earth - Day One
I've had a somewhat uneven history with
Torchwood. The first season, broadcast in 2006,
didn't do much for me. It started well enough,
but within a few episodes had descended into a
juvenile mess that really didn't become the
pedigree of the people making it. Cyberwoman
still ranks as one of my most hated 45 minutes of
drama ever made (which makes me feel bad now,
with writer Chris Chibnall doing some sterling
work on the recently recommissioned Law and
Order: UK). I think it was a problem with
identity, and early Torchwood was trying on different hats to see what fit.
By the end of the first season, things had
settled down somewhat, with the final two
episodes of the season showing some of the promise that was to come.
Season two was a stellar leap forward in terms of
style and consistency. The tone was less forced
and the writers knew the characters better. There
was less emphasis on bolting on self-conscious
adult content and it got on with telling good
stories - Owen's journey throughout the season
being particularly well thought out. There were
some stumbles, but nothing's perfect, and this
season finished with a brace of episodes that
were action-packed and shocking in places - even
if the lad playing Jack's brother had more wood than Epping Forest.
And now we come to Children of Earth, effectively
being Torchwood's coming of age - it's in the big
league now, playing out on BBC1 over five nights.
Many Torchwood fans are seeing this as a slight
to the show, some kind of punishment and that
it's a sure sign of the BBC wanting to kill it
off. Which is, obviously, nonsense (although star
John Barrowman takes a different view).
Children of Earth: Day One, is a calm,
considered, intelligently played and chilling
piece of drama that sets up things for coming
four episodes. It helps that this marks Russell T
Davies's return to Torchwood, a series he
created, as scriptwriter for the first time since
Everything Changes. And it shows
On Doctor Who, Davies is often forced to play to
the crowd, sometimes keeping Doctor Who's legacy
in mind, and that, personally speaking, sometimes
takes away the subtlety that his writing can so
effortlessly deliver. With Children of Earth,
after nearly five years' marathon running on
Doctor Who (read The Writer's Tale, and you'll
wonder how the man is still standing), he is
clearly delighting in the gear change. There's no
plot to resolve in 45 minutes or less here,
there's another four episodes to follow. If
anything, the sometimes-sedate pace of the first
50 minutes or so might work against it.
But after 26 episodes of Torchwood that ran at
break neck speed, this is lovely stuff. This
first episode is full of great character moments
as the central mystery is established - just why
did children all across the earth just stop -
literally stop - between 8.40 and 8.41 (British
time)? Who are the 456? Are Ianto and Jack an
item? There's a great little scene between Gwen
and Dr Rupesh, a character who is slowly being
drawn into Torchwood's world, about how suicide
rates have doubled since the first contact with
aliens. It's as poetic a piece of writing as
we've had from Davies in anything he's written.
The action switches between Cardiff and London,
as it becomes clear that somebody in Westminster
knows more about why the children are being
affected and why they're now chanting "We are
coming" in spooky unison. But take a moment to
readjust to seeing Peter Capaldi (brilliant as
civil servant John Frobisher) against a political
backdrop without a tirade of creative swearing. I
swear he walks up the same flight of stairs that
Malcolm Tucker does in In the Loop.
There's a very tasty cast here - Capaldi,
Nicholas Farrell, Lucy Cohu, amongst others. But
it's Paul Copley (surely one of our most
underrated actors) as Clement McDonald who steals
the show, with a delightfully twitchy performance
- again, a scene with Gwen is one of the highlights of the episode.
And then, after all this layering, all this set
up, the pace ups dramatically - with the gunshot
that starts it practically acting like a starting
pistol. As the credits run, you're left blinking
at the breakneck speed in which the last 10
minutes unfolds, ending with a cliffhanger that
ensures you'll be back the following night.
On the basis of this first episode, Torchwood:
Children of Earth deserves to be a big success.
It's an intelligent sci-fi drama with a good cast
and an engaging story that is a million miles
away from where this Doctor Who spin-off began. And not a Cyberwoman in sight.
Kai: There has to be more Torchwood
5 hours ago
Kai Owen says the final episode of the new
Torchwood mini-series is so "phenomenal" there
has to be another round of the programme.
The Welsh actor, who plays Gwen's love interest
Rhys, said the cast are just waiting for the go-ahead.
"Waiting for the nod, hopefully it will be
happening - nothing has been confirmed yet but
I'd do it forever, it's a brilliant job," he said.
Kai continued: "I mean, it gets better after that
first episode as well, it makes you want to watch
the other four and they get better and better and
better, episode five is so phenomenal, so it's got to happen again."
Talking about the new series, which airs next
week, he said: "It was just lovely to work on one
big storyline all the way through it.
"I loved that part about it really, because we
all knew what was happening and we were all
excited to see how it was gonna end because we knew it was all gonna tie in."
:: Torchwood: Children Of Earth, a new five-part
series for the BBC, runs every night next week starting on Monday at 9pm.
Copyright © 2009 The Press Association.
Young Barry star Luke (12) takes feature role in new series of BBC's Torchwood
Friday, 03 July 2009
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REPORT by TIM CHAPMAN
ONE of the most eagerly-anticipated television
events of this summer is the latest BBC series of
Torchwood, a five-part story on successive
evenings starting on July 6 - and one of the stars is a youngster from Barry!
Luke Perry, aged 12, a pupil at Ysgol Gyfun Bro
Morgannwg, was already an experienced performer
by the time he landed the role of David in Torchwood: Children of the Earth.
Luke told The GEM: "I started getting involved in
amateur dramatics when I was six years old.
"At the age of seven, I joined Anita's Theatre
School and then, because my mother Lisa belonged
to the adult section of Billboard Ensemble
Theatre Group, I decided to audition for the junior section and was accepted."
Luke's big break came when he appeared as the
body double of the Empty Child' in Dr Who.
"I was then taken on at The Workshop run by the
Cardiff agent Peter Wooldridge and since then
I've appeared in theatre and TV productions."
In a stage production of Peter Pan, he played the
part of Michael Darling, acting alongside Paul
Nicholas who took the role of Captain Hook; and
in A Christmas Carol, swift costume changes
enabled him to play four children's parts opposite Ron Moody.
Until Torchwood, his most prominent TV part was
as the son of a farmer in an episode of Casualty.
Torchwood is one of the BBC's most successful
shows in recent years and has quickly acquired a cult following.
So how did he land his latest role?
"I was chosen at an audition last summer. In
August I had my first read through - Russell T
Davies, the producer walked in, then John Barrowman, and then Eve Myles!
"I was very nervous. I even had to read a second
part on top of my own because one boy hadn't turned up to the read through.
"In Children of Earth, David is Ianto's nephew,
and I appear in each of the five episodes.
"I acted with Eve Myles more than John Barrowman,
and she was great - so nice and funny. The
filming took nine days in and around Cardiff, some of it in a studio.
"At the end of filming, I was even invited to the
wrap-up party at John Barrowman's house!"
Luke's enthusiasm for performing is stronger than ever.
"In the future, I'd like to do a comedy. One of
my favourite actors is Lee Evans."
For Luke's mum Lisa, his acting ambitions have
meant quite a bit of running around.
Lisa explained: "On Tuesday it's Billboard,
Wednesday, The Acting Workshop, Thursday, singing
lessons, and Friday, The Lorri Guppy School of
Dance, so it's hard work for a parent!
"Luke and Jay Ruckley (Luke's friend who stars in
BBC's Grandpa in My Pocket) are proof that
youngsters from south Wales can make it into
productions on national television.
"One of the nice things about Torchwood was that
a lot of the stars speak Welsh, so Luke was able to talk to them in Welsh."
Torchwood: Children of Earth starts on Monday, July 6 at 9pm on BBC1.
Torchwood Week: John Barrowman
By Scott Matthewman on July 3, 2009 1:31 PM
John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness
Torchwood week on TV Today
And so Torchwood Week starts to draw to a close
here on TV Today, with the last of our
interviews. After yesterday's talk with Eve
Myles, Wednesday's conversation with Gareth
David-Lloyd and our two-part interview with
Russell T Davies on Monday and Tuesday, we've
saved the biggest, brashest player till last: John Barrowman.
As before, expect some spoilers ahead. And, as
before, the questioning took place a few weeks
ago after the press screening of Children of
Earth: Day One - hence why there are no questions
about his comments to the Radio Times.
So for readers coming fresh to Children of Earth, can you set the scene for us?
I don't want to give too much away, but in
episode 1 what you get is Torchwood confronted
with a situation of children stopping in their
tracks all over the world, making freaky noises.
Torchwood is trying to work out what's going on.
Normally, Torchwood would be working together
with the government, although the government
thinks that Torchwood is a pain in the ass.
You've got this new kind of structure going on
where the government aren't really helping with
Torchwood. So it becomes about us and them. And
then you've got the 456, who are an alien race
named after the frequency they used to contact
Earth in the 1960s. And the past is coming back to haunt.
When you started work on this series, did you get
a sense that it was a different show? It's quite
a different set up to the previous seasons.
Yes. In series one, we were like a newborn,
learning to crawl. Series 2, we were learning to
walk. And now, in Series 3, we're running. We've
found our feet and what we're about. We still
have the alien intervention, in a way. We're more
of a thriller, and a lot darker, which is what
Russell wanted Torchwood to be in the first place
- but we tried different things and now we've finally landed, in a sense.
But you've also got the family aspects that Captain Jack hasn't had before.
Yeah. Which is nice. And it's how and where that
goes. Jack has a daughter and a grandson, and
that's really all I can say about that. It adds a
whole new, it adds more depth to Jack and it
makes his decisions feel more weighty.
How early on in the process did you find out you
were getting a daughter who looked your age, if not older?
When I read the script. The one thing I don't
interfere with is asking what we would like or
how this would be done. I like to be surprised
like the rest of us. And that's happened since
I've been in Doctor Who, finding out that Jack's
the Face of Boe, and things with Torchwood
That's what makes it exciting for me to go to
work as an actor. When I read it, I go, "Right, how am I going to play this?"
So I knew about it when that script landed in front of me.
How do you go about playing those scenes with
Jack and his daughter? Because it's an odd
scenario. Do you visualise her as being much younger than you?
No. I'm not one of those actors who mulls over
things like that, I'll be totally honest with
you. I get up and I do it. For me, it's easy to
take myself out of who I am and go into this
fantasy role and believe, because I'm a huge
science fiction fan. Watching science fiction, I
take myself out of reality and put myself into
their reality. So it's very easy for me to do
that. When I'm in that coat and in that outfit,
I'm Jack. I don't think of myself os John. When I
look at that guy on screen, I don't see John. I see Jack.
And we've met people from Jack's past before,
such as the fairy episode (Series 1's Small
World) where we met a woman he was in a
relationship with who was now in her eighties.
But it's all about relationships, and for me they
are easy to play. I've said this, even going back
to musical theatre, you have to make yourself, or
allow yourself, to fall in love with the person
in order to have a relationship with them. And I find that quite easy to do.
Bearing in mind that Jack is this larger than
life sci-fi character who can never die, how does
giving him a family change him?
The obvious things. You know that his wife has
died, he's watched her die. That's one thing you
know about Jack from other episodes, that he
watches people he loves go and that's really hard
for him. His outlook has completely changed: in
season 1, he wanted to die, as he had no reason
for living - and Gwen showed him that. In season
2, he was using his ability to help save the world.
But no-one wants to outlive his children.
As well as the bond between them, we also see a bit of Jack's ruthless side.
Absolutely. That's Jack. I've said this from day
one, and it's the wonderful thing that Russell
has done, Jack is so determined with his
objective and his focus. Even I talk about this
often when we're together as Jack and Gwen, and
we're looking at stuff. We've just done the
Torchwood radio plays. We were reading it and
something didn't work and we said, "Jack wouldn't
say that, Gwen would say that and Jack would just
barrel ahead." So we switched the lines.
But yeah, he is focussed, he is ruthless. His
objective is to save the planet, and if that
means shooting you because you have an alien inside you, he'll shoot you.
That's what Gwen is there for. Gwen is trying to
make him see the other side, you know, for
instance if it is a human being taken over by an
alien. I mean, that was in Series 2's Sleeper.
Jack just wanted to kill them, but Gwen was like,
you've got to see the human side of this.
And it turns out that they were just going to
destroy people and kill people, so we had to kill them.
How does the team dynamic feel now that you've lost Naoko Mori and Burn Gorman?
Eve, Gareth and I will always miss them. That's
one thing we wanted to make sure in the show,
that we have a little moment. Because they were
there with us since day one, and they were part
of of the beginning of Torchwood, and they'll
always be part of Torchwood. Although they're not
there physically, they are there in spirit. And
they do get mentioned at times throughout. Just
as at the end of the last series of Doctor Who,
where it was Tosh who had created the time bubble
to save Gwen and Ianto. So there are little bits like that all the time.
It's kind of like a new start for Torchwood.
It is a new start. It's a new look at the team.
We're tighter, just the three of us. That's not
to say that some others don't get involved.
Do you like the fact that the Torchwood team is more vulnerable this series?
Um. We don't know that yet, because you don't
know what's yet to come. At the end of episode 1,
yes, things happen. But put it this way, do you
think that Jack has not stashed stuff? He might have, he might not
That's one of the interesting things to watch:
where they go from that point. And I really don't
want to say more, because it's exciting for the
audience. You'll enjoy watching it. That's why I
haven't watched the rest of the episodes yet.
Obviously I filmed them, so I know what happens,
but I want to wait until they air to watch them.
I love sitting and watching. And like I said,
these are characters that are heroes, and I love
watching the show! I enjoy it. I totally detach
myself. I'm not one of those actors who goes, "I
can't watch myself." That's bullshit. Don't agree
with it. Why are you doing it if you can't watch
yourself? And it's not like any psychological
thing. I know it's me, but I see him as Captain Jack. I can detach from it.
Normally, what we've done in the past - and I
have pictures of this in my book - I have
everybody around and we watch on the big screen.
Then when each of comes on screen, we take a
picture of each other in front of the screen. So that's one thing.
I absolutely love what I do, I get a real thrill
out of it. It's being the little boy, living his
little fantasy dream. But this year, I will be in
Wales watching it on television.
So you will be having a party all five nights?
We might! My family will be there this time
because they are coming over from the States. So
we're going to sit down and make it what it is: a
family event television. Although we don't have
any kids in the family any more - they're all old enough to watch it.
So not to labour the point, but does that mean
you stay away from seeing rushes and things like that?
I don't see rushes. I don't think there's a need.
You know, Russell's the producer and writer. We
hire editors and directors. They're doing their
job. As an actor you should trust in those
people, and know that they are doing their job
brilliantly. I know that they wouldn't hire
anybody crap. So why do I need to see rushes?
That's not a flippant answer, that's good sense.
I like to sit and watch it as someone to be
entertained by it. I think it's awesome. It moves
like lightning. There's a lot of information to
give the viewer, especially those who are going
to join us for the first time on BBC1.
There are rumours that you've been filming some
scenes for David Tennant's final episodes of Doctor Who.
Why would you ask that? [smiles]
There have been photos.
I have a confession: I have my own Captain Jack
outfit and I wear it around Cardiff. You think
I'm lying? I think they caught me coming out of Tesco and running to the car
Coming back to Torchwood. Was the shooting
schedule different as a result of the five-episode storyline?
It wasn't as long, it was tighter. A lot of us
had busy schedules - Eve, Gareth and I are all
doing other things so we had to work around that.
And we had other cast members, so they were able
to film scenes with other characters while we
were finishing up what we were doing. So yeah, it was a bit different.
Did you film episode by episode?
No, it was all completely out of sequence. One
day we might film something from episode 5, then
go back to something from episode 3. And that was
unique for us as actors, because normally we film
each episode and then move to the next. So we
were learning as we went. Euros Lyn, our
director, was great. Also, our continuity woman
helped. We would say, "Right, where are we? Where
have we come from, where are we going?" On a
daily basis, you job as an actor is to know the
lines you have in the scenes coming up, but you
sometimes don't have the knowledge of what's just happened.
So how would you like the series to progress from here?
Again, I don't think of those things. I'll leave
that up to the writers. If we do come back for a
fourth series, I'd like to see more episodes, though.
So with the reduced filming schedule this year,
has that opened up your diary for other work?
Yes and no. If we did a series 4, we'd have to
start pencilling it in right away because of
other things I've got to do. Last year, BBC
America offered me two series for American
television, and I turned them down because of my
commitments here. And I've always said that I
would come back here. So yes it does open
everything up, but that's not why we have a
shorter series this time. It's not because of me!
At the launch of series 2, you seemed a bit
battered by the rigours of the production
schedule. Did that have any bearing on the reduced length?
Yeah, I was, but that wasn't the reason. We
needed to make an impact on BBC1, we have to have
an event to bring that BBC1 audience in, although
we're bringing the audience we already have
along. That's why I think it was done, but that's
a question you'll have to direct to other people and not to myself.
But we're so happy with this. It's going to be a
brilliant piece of television, and it works. But
if there's a future for Torchwood, I'd just like more! Who wouldn't?
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