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Published on January 12th, 2008 | by Christian Cawley

Torchwood Buildup

Torchwood buildup has begun in earnest in advance of the series returning this Wednesday January 16th, screened this time on BBC Two.

The Telegraph in particular has provided an interesting preview article, which begins in typically cheeky Barrowman manner…

The cast of the sci-fi series Torchwood aren’t flashing at each other. Which, if its star John Barrowman is to be believed, is unusual. ‘We keep ourselves entertained by doing things off camera to each other,’ he says. ‘The girls getting their bits and bobs out, same with the boys. It just keeps everything kind of fresh, gives it a fun atmosphere.’

Let’s hope they all wash.

There’s also some clue as to the developing relationship between Captain Jack and butler/secretary Ianto:

‘Doctor Who just fleetingly mentions relationships and then they run off to save the world,’ he says. ‘But in Torchwood this year we develop a relationship between Captain Jack and his secretary Ianto [played by Gareth David-Lloyd]. There’s no time in Doctor Who to do something like that, because he’s in a different time and place every week. The Torchwood lot stay where they are, so it’s more human in that sense.’

With mentions of guest characters and Martha Jones, the content is very similar to the recent feature in DWM, only without this closing tale from John Barrowman about a recent singing visit to Prince Charles’ home of Highgrove…

‘The other guests and I were given a tour of the grounds,’ he says, ‘and because I drink a lot of water before I sing, I needed to use the bathroom. But we were a quarter of a mile from the house, and there was no way I could make it back in time. So the guide said, “Well, do what you like and I’ll turn a blind eye.” So I took a pee in one of Prince Charles’s bushes. Afterwards I said to the guide, “If there are any complaints, tell Charles it’s organic…”’

Can’t… type… sides… splitting…

John has also been using the return of Torchwood to promote his autobiography a bit more, which conveniently is released on January 24th and is unsurprisingly (in the nicest possible way) called Anything Goes and features talk of having kids…

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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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