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March 11th, 2015

Two popular figures from the Doctor Who universes are celebrating their birthdays today.

John Barrowman, who plays Captain Jack Harkness in the main series and its spin off, Torchwood, turns 48 today, while Alex Kingston, known for her portrayal of River Song, is 52.

We hope they both have a great day and enjoy their respective celebrations. Leave your wishes for them in the comments section below. So… are we any closer to getting this Jack and River spin off?!

January 14th, 2015
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Great news for Torchwood fans – the show will be returning (sort of) in the form of “three or four” new radio plays, its leading man has confirmed!

John Barrowman, who plays the programme’s protagonist Captain Jack Harkness, announced the news during a recent press conference for his latest project Arrow. “We’re doing three or four radio plays for the BBC,” he elaborated. “My sister and I are discussing the possibility of writing one of them and whether or not that leads to something new on TV, nobody knows. It’s whether or not the BBC want to do it.”

The Doctor Who spin off was last on our screens in 2011 but it’s been “in limbo” since its ill-fated fourth series Miracle Day which was met with largely unfavourable reviews. Fans and critics alike panned the show for abandoning its Welsh roots by relocating to America.

Full details about the new radio plays are unknown but John did suggest they’ll be a mix of “character based” stories and ones that “bring the team back together”, though just which members of the ‘team’ he’s referring to remains to be seen. Stick with us for all the latest!

September 10th, 2014

Rose Tyler has reigned supreme in an online popularilty poll to determine the greatest Doctor Who companion of all time.

The shop girl turned Earth defender – who travelled with the Ninth and Tenth Doctors – was portrayed by Billie Piper and made her most recent appearance in the 50th anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor, last November.

The survey was conducted by Radio Times and received over 2.3 million votes. The runner up was Jack Harkness, played by John Barrowman in the series and its spin off Torchwood.

Do you agree with the result? If not, who is your ultimate companion? Let us know below…

April 19th, 2014
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John Barrowman has revealed that he hopes to return to his most famous role as he thinks “there’s a lot more to tell”.

The actor’s told NerdB*stards that there will always be life left in Jack Harkness (and not just because he is immortal!), despite the fact he hasn’t been seen on screen since the last series of Torchwood, Miracle Day, back in 2011.

“It’s not my decision, it’s a decision for the BBC,” he said. “I go to conventions and see the huge following we have.”

He continued: “There’s still a real hunger for Torchwood and there’s a lot more out there too. There are those missing years that Jack talked about and how he becomes the Face of Boe. But it’s never up to me. It is up to Russell T Davies, Julie Gardner and the BBC.”

And like the rest of us, John is extremely excited to see the TARDIS adventures of Peter Capaldi who he has previously worked alongside on Torchwood: Children of Earth. “I think Peter’s a brilliant actor,” John affirmed. “It’s a very interesting step to have taken.”

Would you like to see a comeback for the Captain!? Let us know in the comment below…

March 11th, 2014

Join us as we raise our glasses to wish everyone’s favourite Captain, John Barrowman, a very happy birthday!

The actor, singer and all-round entertainer is 47 today, and we hope he enjoys his celebrations.

While John has admitted he felt “really upset” to miss out of Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary festivities, he’s got his “fingers crossed” that he’ll be able to reprise his popular role as Jack in a new series of Torchwood.

Feel free to post your messages for John below. What are your favourite Jack moments?

October 20th, 2013

John Barrowman has revealed he’s “absolutely proud” of the role model status that Captain Jack has achieved.

The actor’s told Radio Times that his Doctor Who alter ago helped to break barriers for the series when he became the first male character to kiss the Doctor on screen.

“It is great to be a hero who doesn’t care who he kisses,” he explained. “It blew over everyone’s head. It wasn’t until five episodes later that everybody went ‘Oh my God!’”

He continued: “There’s young teens in school being bullied because of the sexuality they are just discovering. They write to me all the time to say Captain Jack’s helped them be strong and more positive about themselves, rather than hiding and being embarrassed.”

And with the future of Jack’s spin off series Torchwood “in limbo” the star confirmed he would always be willing to reprise the role in the main series. “I was disappointed to not be asked back for the 50th,” he admitted. “But things have to move on. It is going to be a great anniversary show and I’ll be watching like everybody else. Whether Jack returns in the future is up to the producers. Doctor Who changed my life, so of course I’d do it.”

Would you like to see Jack back with the Doctor? Have your say in the comments below!

August 18th, 2013
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Torchwood: Miracle Day will get its US cable television debut next month when it premieres on BBC America!

The fourth series of the hit Doctor Who spin off will begin on 14th September 2013 at 9pm/8c as part of the Supernatural Saturday line-up on the channel.

The 10-part story originally aired in 2011 but it was met with a mixed response from fans and some claimed it had lost its Welsh essence after relocating to the US.

Will you be joining BBC America to relive the adventure from start to end? Let us know…

Torchwood’s future is “in limbo”, but discuss where you would like it to go next here

June 7th, 2013
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John Barrowman has admitted that he “wasn’t devastated” when he heard that Matt Smith will be leaving Doctor Who in this year’s Christmas Special.

While he appreciates it’s “sad for the fans”, the Captain Jack star told MTV Geek “it is a job” for Matt Smith. “I know the show so well and know the Doctors are going to change,” he said. “So I’m not gutted he’s leaving. I’m excited to see who the next Doctor will be.” The actor had no updates to share on whether or not Jack will be returning for the 50th.

“It’s a question of not being asked,” he said. “It’s not my say.” He’s previously revealed he’s “really upset” to be left out of the festivities which will be marked in a 3D special on 23rd November 2013. He said: “They want to move forward and try different things.”

Who’s your perfect 12th Doctor? Let us know in our new dedicated discussion!

April 25th, 2013

John Barrowman has revealed that he would love to star in a new spin off show featuring Captain Jack and River Song.

Speaking to TV Addict the actor said that he hadn’t realised how much him and Alex Kingston have in common until they bumped into each other at a showbiz party. “We didn’t even say anything we just looked at each other and went “Aaahh! My god!” he recalled. “So we got a glass of champagne then started talking, and we both said how cool it would be if Jack and River got their own TV show.”

He continued: “As we talked more we realised we’re both born on the same day and we have so much in common. We like a lot of the same things and our attitude towards stuff is similar. It struck a chord with us – that is why River and Jack are similar characters in their attitude and their fun and aggression. We are the same in real life, which is ironic.”

So would you tune in for The Jack and River Show? Any ideas for potential titles/stories?

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John recently said he’s “really upset” to not be invited back for the 50th anniversary.

April 23rd, 2013
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John Barrowman’s admitted he is “really upset” to have not been asked back for the 50th anniversary special.

Although previously teasing he was “discussing things” to do with the landmark 3D episode, currently being filmed, he later took to Twitter to personally deny involvement. While fans try to piece together the evidence he has recently been speaking to TVLine to clarify a return is off the cards. “The Powers That Be don’t want Jack to be there,” he explained. “The bottom line is I was not asked.”

He continued: “I understand why. They want to move forward and they want to try some different things. They’re not making this special for the uber fan. They’re doing it for the wider audience. And if they’re going to bring a character back, it wouldn’t be just for the uber fan, it’d be for everybody watching. So perhaps that’s the thinking they have had.”

The “momentous” episode – expected to be feature length – will be shown on TV and in cinemas. David Tennant and Billie Piper will be back as the Tenth Doctor and Rose.

Share your 50th anniversary hopes and dreams in our dedicated discussion…

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