Why do I watch Torchwood? To support British sci fi, mainly, but also because there are some great talents in it, not least Burn Gorman who plays the quite unlikeable Dr. Owen Harper.
Gorman has recently spoken to Sci Fi Wire about Torchwood and its place as a standalone show and it seems that he’s pretty chuffed with the American reception of the series (Gorman was born in the USA).
“Personally, I find that really refreshing, that, basically, it’s accepted as a stand-alone series,” Gorman said in a phone interview. “It’s certainly very different in tone. It still uses references to Doctor Who, but I think it’s really good that it’s being appreciated for what it is. Although I am a Doctor Who fan myself, so I always enjoy when there are references. When Jack goes off and disappears, it’s kind of nice to have a mothership.”
“He’s a really fun guy to work with, John. He brings a hundred percent commitment. And I think one of the reasons we wanted to do it again is because we all genuinely get on and are able to spark off each other. The scripts are always very different as well. They’re never pedestrian. Sometimes they’re kind of really out there, but that’s kind of what you want as an actor, isn’t it? It’s a sort of challenge, really.”
Torchwood returns to BBC America tonight, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, with Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.