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May 7th, 2017
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It has been confirmed that Torchwood will be returning for a fifth series in the form of a Big Finish audio range overseen by its original creator, Russell T Davies.

Aliens Along Us will pick up where Series 4 – Miracle Day – left off back in 2011, with John Barrowman, Eve Myles and Kai Owen reprising their respective roles as Jack Harkness, Gwen Cooper and Rhys Williams. Tom Price will also be back as PC Andy, alongside an ensemble of new characters including Mr. Colchester, Tyler, Ng and Orr, as played by Paul Clayton, Jonny Green, Alexandria Riley and Sam Béart.

Series 5 – launching this August - will be released in three boxsets and will see Jack and Gwen restarting Torchwood in Cardiff. But with something terrible happening to the city, do they need a new approach? And can they save Cardiff from an invasion that’s already lost?

James Goss, producer, said: “This is an ambitious series for Big Finish, which Russell has been wonderfully involved in. There are familiar old faces, of course, but there will also be a few surprises, including an appearance by someone who just has to be, has to be dead…”

Above – Torchwood is back with Captain Jack and Gwen alongside faces both old and new…

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March 11th, 2017
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John Barrowman recently caught up with the Doctor Who Fan Show to talk about his return as Captain Jack in a new Big Finish audio range.

The conversation inevitably turned to Doctor Who, as the actor admitted that he’d love to see how his on screen alter ego would react to the Twelfth Doctor. “I’d like to see Peter’s Doctor meet Jack,” he said. “The Doctor is a little bit older now, so it would be perfect. Plus, Jack has matured a little bit. Would that spark still be there? Would Jack still feel the same way about him?”

Speculation surrounding Jack’s return to Doctor Who is always ongoing, as are rumours regarding Torchwood’s televisual comeback. Last year, he revealed that he was in talks to end its prolonged hiatus, however plans have yet to develop any further. He explained: “I travel around the world and see how much Torchwood is still loved and how much people want it back. I’m really trying to push for it, but Big Finish is a great way to keep it alive.”

October 22nd, 2016
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While we all celebrate the arrival of Class today, let’s not forget that this date - 22nd October – also marks the anniversary of another Doctor Who spin off.

It was on this day back in 2006 that everything changed when Jack Harkness returned to our screens as the star of his very own series, Torchwood. The show broke ratings records with its premiere on BBC Three, so much so that it was upgraded to BBC Two, and then BBC One, and went on to run for four successful series (or three successful series and Miracle Day, depending on your personal views…).

Whether or not you loved or loathed its last televised adventure, it’s still safe to say that Torchwood took us an epic journey to become a fully-fledged franchise in its own right. It still lives on in the form of audiobook and comic adventures, however we’ll just have to wait and see to find out if the gang (or what remains of it) will ever make it back to the screen, where they belong. It’s been one hell of a decade, though, with Torchwood giving us some of the bravest and more powerful storytelling that the sci-fi world has ever known.

To commemorate the landmark, share with us your cherished Torchwood memories below, and let us know if you’ll be watching any episodes to honour the occasion. Fans can rest assured that John Barrowman is working his little socks off to get Torchwood back on the air, so hopefully it’s only just a matter of time. After all, there’s life in the immortal dog yet!

October 15th, 2016
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The latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine is just around the corner and this month they’re going back to Torchwood in honour of the spin off’s 10th anniversary.

To commemorate the historic landmark (its first episode, Everything Changes, aired on BBC Three on 22nd October 2006), the star of the show – and basically just about everything else – is Mr John Barrowman himself, otherwise known as Captain Jack Harkness. Inside Issue #505, the actor reflects on the last decade and reveals his secret plan to resurrect his alter ego once more.

All of that plus a round up of the latest Series 10 developments, reviews, competitions and more, as well as an exclusive preview of Class as yet another shining chapter in the hall of Whoniversal spin offs begins. DWM #505 is out on Thursday 20th October 2016.

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September 10th, 2016
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Christmas has just come early for fans of Captain Jack as the irreplaceable Earth defender will be returning to the airwaves in four brand new audio stories from Big Finish.

The aptly titled Lives of Captain Jack looks set to chronicle his long existence with a series of original adventures which will take us from the year 200,001 – and the immediate aftermath of his immortality – to the Powell Estate in 21st century London. Our hero will meet some familiar faces along the way, including Russell Tovey as Alonso and Camille Coduri as Jackie Tyler (so that’s what they were doing!).

The boxset, which can be pre-ordered now, will be available to buy and download in June 2017. You can read a little more about each story below. Are you excited that Jack’s back?

1. The Year After I Died by Guy Adams
Set in the year 200,101, on an Earth ravaged by the Daleks, Jack struggles to save humanity from its oldest enemy.

2. Wednesdays For Beginners by James Goss
Jack and Jackie Tyler must unite to rescue the Powell Estate from a force whose name Jackie can never say.

3. One Enchanted Evening by James Goss
Captain Jack and Alonso Frame have only just met. But why did the Doctor want them to be together?

4. Month 25 by Guy Adams
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.

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July 24th, 2016
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John Barrowman has suggested that he is currently in talks to step back into the shoes of Captain Jack Harkness in a new TV series of Torchwood.

The Doctor Who spin off – which has been “in limbo” since its fourth series, Miracle Day, was aired to mixed reviews back in 2011 – currently survives in the form of its ongoing comic and audio adventures, which its leading star urges are “like a Kickstarter” to ensuring its televisual comeback. “If you buy the comics, you will be showing your support,” he said at San Diego Comic Con this weekend.

Never one to shy away from a cryptic tease or two (this is Barrowman we’re talking about, after all!), the actor also revealed that he had “a phone conversation on Monday” to discuss bringing it back to the small screen, something which his co-star Eve Myles has also continously expressed an interest in. Back in 2013, the Gwen Cooper actress affirmed that she keeps her “fingers crossed” for a fifth series. Do you agree? Cast your votes…

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May 28th, 2016
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Jack Harkness, Gwen Cooper and Ianto Jones will be back together in a brand new Torchwood audio adventure, Big Finish has announced.

Set before the events of Children of Earth, Outbreak is a 3-part mini-series in which the test subject of a medical trial gone wrong becomes loose on the streets of Cardiff. While the government tries to control the outbreak, the team finds itself on a mission to uncover the alien hiding within it, however they soon realise that they’ll have to save something even more important than the human race.

Written by Guy Adams, Emma Reeves and AK Benedict and directed by Scott Handcock, Outbreak will co-star Torchwood regulars Kai Owen and Tom Price, reprising their roles as Rhys Williams and Tom Price, respectively. It is will be available to buy and download in November 2016 and can be pre-ordered here, priced £20. Let us know if you’re excited!

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May 20th, 2016
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John Barrowman and Camille Coduri have been reunited in Cardiff this week at the recording session of a secret Doctor Who audio project.

Never one to opt against sharing a tantalising teaser or five, the Captain Jack actor has been keeping his Twitter followers up to date with the intriguing developments as he returned to Doctor Who’s homeland (as promised!) to work on what we can assume is a new Big Finish adventure co-starring Jackie Tyler herself. And there’s also been some exciting news for Torchwood fans, too.

On Wednesday he shared this pic of everybody’s favourite tea boy turned Earth defender Gareth David-Lloyd, so it looks like there’s plenty of Jack and Ianto action to come. Hurrah! Let’s not forget that Big Finish recently had their license extended until 2025, so there are definitely good times ahead. Let us know what you think it all means in the comments!

May 10th, 2016
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John Barrowman has sent Whovians into a frenzy (we know, so unlike him!) by revealing that he’ll be returning to Cardiff “in about a week and a half”.

While the actor remained tight-lipped about what’s bringing him back to Doctor Who’s homeland, his cryptic tease in a recent Facebook video has inevitably led fans to speculate that he’ll be reprising his role as Captain Jack Harkness in Series 10, which begins filming this month. His popular character was last seen on screen in 2011 in the fourth series of Torchwood.

So, is Jack back? Only time will tell, of course, and it might just turn out that John’s taking a trip to the Doctor Who Experience. He is certainly being secretive for a reason, though…

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April 14th, 2016
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Following on from the ongoing success of Big Finish’s new Torchwood audios, Titan have announced that they’ll also be reuniting Jack and Gwen in a brand new comic series.

The debut issue has been written by the man himself, John Barrowman, alongside his sister Carole E. Barrowman, and sees his alter ego return to Cardiff where a dark technology from a forgotten species has been claimed by a conspiratorial power. Torchwood #1, featuring illustrations by Antonio Fuso and Pasquale Qualano, will go on sale 6th July 2016, with five variant covers – below – to collect.

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