Capt Jack Goes Down Under

Busy filming the closing stages of Doctor Who Series 3 for the last few weeks, John Barrowman has been relatively quiet of late.

However he did make time to appear on Al Murray’s Happy Hour on Saturday evening (March 3rd), in which the archetypal pub landlord quizzed him on musicals, that despite John’s sexuality there is “no mince on the menu” as well as Scots accents and Torchwood (also referred to as “Touchwood” and “Hardwood”!) and Doctor Who. Added to a rendition by Donny Osmond of “Puppy Love” to Murray’s late, lamented pet mongrel Ramrod – now an entry on a taxidermist’s VAT register – Barrowman appeared to be having a whale of a time.

The main subject of this report however is the news that Australia’s Network Ten has picked up Torchwood ( Michael Rosser’s report states:

BBC Worldwide Australasia secured the deal, which not only includes the first 13×50′ series but also the second series, which is currently in production.

The deal brings the total number of countries to acquire the series up to nine. Broadcasters in Spain, New Zealand and Sweden are among those to pick up the edgy new show.

Meanwhile The West Australian reports on Ten’s attitude to the unmade seconed series of Torchwood:

The program is directed straight at Ten’s target 16- to 39-year-old audience, it’s sexy, clever and fast-paced.

The Australian network has already shown great faith in the show by committing to a second series, which is yet to be completed.

Ten head of programming Beverly McGarvey said: “Torchwood brings a sexy new twist to the traditional cop show genre that we at Ten are thrilled to have as part of our 2007 slate”.

Captain Jack meanwhile has had a racehorse named after him. Kent News have reported on the naming of the offspring of Hucking Horses’ Dr Fong, and what better name than Harkness?

“We were discussing the Hucking Horses and this colt – a son of the stallion Dr Fong – stood out as a tricky one to name. Somebody mentioned Dr Who and from there we reached Captain Jack – and Hucking Harkness was born.

“We got in touch with John Barrowman’s connections to see what they thought of us using the name and they loved the idea.”

And so Barrowman will travel to the stables on March 30 to see his character’s namesake. “I can’t wait to meet the colt and I’m hoping to see him race. It’s straight out of a Torchwood script – two Harknesses in the same place at the same time!”

Finally, Torchwood Series 1, Series 2 and Series 3 are all available from Amazon for a 32% reduction on the retail price! If you haven’t purchased the DVDs already, now seems a good time to do so…

Christian Cawley

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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