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Published on April 9th, 2007 | by Christian Cawley

Harkness meets Harkness (again)

Captain Jack actor John Barrowman’s Official Site (as well as kentnews.co.uk) has reported on the actor’s meeting with the racehorse named after him, which we reported on in early March.

Accompanied by crew from Doctor Who Confidential and BBC South East, as well as photographers from Kent News, Barrowman…

…watched the horse show its paces over to the gallops, a half-mile uphill training track

John Barrowman added: “I really enjoyed meeting Hucking Harkness – he’s a great-looking horse, and I think he liked me.

“I’ll definitely be following his races, and I’m hoping to be able to see him run later in the year.”

[Trainer] John Best explains, “We were discussing the Hucking Horses and this colt stood out as a tricky one to name.

“Somebody mentioned Doctor Who, and from there we reached Captain Jack – and Hucking Harkness was born.”

And of course John is a judge on the BBC One post-Doctor Who show Any Dream Will Do, a search for a new star of the West End (more on that in The Stage). He’s also been spotted on Channel 4′s The Charlotte Church Show, The Richard & Judy Show and of course eon BBC Breakfast and The Weakest Link on March 30th in the build up to the new series of Doctor Who.

As reported elsewhere on Kasterborous (and the web!) Torchwood is set to hit US screens via BBC America later in the year on Saturday nights, while Torchwood co-star Burn Gorman (Owen Harper) appeared briefly in EastEnders in March to be accidently killed by Phil Daniels (Kevin Wicks). Oops.

Torchwood Series 2 is about to start shooting, and Executive Producer Julie Gardner has revealed in The Stage that the broadcast date will be a bit later this time around…

Last year, we started filming in March and we were on air with 13 episodes from late September, which was just so, so hectic. And we didn’t really have enough time – it was absolutely frantic from day one of prep, it was all hands on deck.

And so, it just works for the BBC2 schedule that we can go in January. So it’ll just give us a little bit more time in our post-production. Which would be lovely, because we were delivering an episode every single week for transmission. It was incredibly tight. So it was just as well we didn’t have any last-minute technical difficulties last year!

I wonder if this will affect the scheduling of Doctor Who Series 4…?

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About the Author

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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