Torchwood News
May 4th, 2015
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Torchwood will be returning to the airwaves in the form of a brand new audio series, it has been announced.

Big Finish will be overseeing the new production which will consist of six original adventures exploring the impact that a mysterious event has on the team. As always, the festivities will be led by Captain Jack Harkness, as portrayed by John Barrowman who previously confirmed earlier this year that the audio plays were in development.

Part one, The Conspiracy, will be released in September.

“Torchwood has been to the Moon, and America, and the Himalayas,” Torchwood’s creator and former Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies said. “Now, it’s finally coming home.”

Additional cast members are to be finalised. The remaining five instalments will be released monthly from January 2016. Are you glad that Torchwood is finally returning? Let us know!

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The TV series has been “in limbo” since its fourth series, Miracle Day, was aired in 2011.

April 21st, 2015
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John Barrowman has described working on Doctor Who as “the job of a lifetime”.

The actor, who says joining the show has been the highlight of his career, was introduced as Captain Jack Harkness in Series 1 and accompanied the Doctor on various adventures before heading off to helm his own series in Torchwood. He was last seen in the parent show in The End of Time while the spin off has been “in limbo” since its fourth series, Miracle Day, was met with mixed reviews in 2011. It was recently confirmed that new Torchwood radio plays are on the way.

“I was overwhelmed when I was offered the part,” he told the Nottingham Post. “I never thought I would get to join the TARDIS and be part of the Doctor Who family. It’s a dream.”

Next month John will embark on a UK tour with his eighth studio album, You Raise Me Up.

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, then?!

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!

January 7th, 2015
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Russell T Davies has revealed that he’s declined an offer from the BBC to return to Doctor Who for its 10th anniversary.

2015 marks a decade since the show’s return to our screens and the former showrunner, who oversaw its critically acclaimed revival, has admitted that he’s concentrating on his own projects and doesn’t have time to commit to a comeback. “I don’t know what they imagined,” he told Radio Times. “A talk or a convention perhaps. I just said no. To be honest, a programme can’t have its fiftieth and then it’s tenth. That’s just confusing. Let it carry on.”

He continued: “I made 60 episodes and did 40 Torchwoods and 40 Sarah Janes and there are an awful lot of ways to destroy the world in there. Steven Moffat invites me every year to come and write one. I love him and I love them and I love watching it, but here I am, moving on. I love Doctor Who but nothing is more important to me than my own stuff.”

It’s currently unknown what the BBC is planning, if anything, to mark the 10th anniversary of ‘NuWho’ but rumours suggest that new minisodes are being produced for the milestone.

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…

May 21st, 2014
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It has been confirmed that Eve Myles will be starring in the next chapter of Broadchurch which starts filming soon.

The actress, who is known for her portrayal of Gwen Cooper in Torchwood, will join David Tennant and Arthur Darvill in the return of ITV’s acclaimed series which recently won Best Drama at the BAFTA TV Awards.

Not much is known about Eve’s character in the show but its writer, Chris Chibnall, has described her casting as “a joy”.

“As if we didn’t have enough fabulous actresses already, it’s a huge thrill to be joined by Wales’ finest,” he said. “Having worked together on Torchwood, I’m pleased to welcome her to Broadchurch.” Good luck, Eve! Are you looking forward to seeing her in new role?

Eve has previously reaffirmed she’s got her “fingers crossed” for Torchwood’s return.

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?

March 6th, 2014

The BBC has today announced that they’ll be shutting BBC Three down as a TV channel in Autumn 2015.

The digital channel – which has been the BBC’s official home of Doctor Who repeats since the show’s return in 2005 – will be reinvented as a new “online service” in a move which will save the corperation over £50 million a year.

BBC Three is also known for airing Doctor Who Confidential, before they controversially axed it in 2011.

In 2006, the channel was the birthplace of Doctor Who spin off Torchwood which set new records for the channel and was subsequently ‘upgraded’ to BBC Two and then BBC One for its future series. They’ve also aired several original specials to coincide with the Time Lord’s adventures including his Greatest Moments, The Ultimate Guide (part one of which you can currently catch on the iPlayer HERE) and most recently The Afterparty, which broadcast live immediately after The Day of the Doctor, as part of the 50th anniversary.

Above – Doctor Who spin off Torchwood made its debut on BBC Three in October 2006.

Will you be sad to see BBC Three go? Post your reactions to this news in the comments.

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