Ou est le Mickey Smith et la Martha Jones? Certainly neither is to be seen to date on location for Torchwood Series 3, as shooting of the 5 part adventure serial Children of Earth gets into full swing.
It certainly seems as though Noel Clarke‘s 4th July blog post – which closed with the declaration "Ladies and Gentlemen. Mickey Smith has left the building" – was telling us more than we knew.
Children of Earth will star the remaining Torchwood regulars of John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkess, Eve Myles and Gwen, Gareth David-Llyoyd as Ianto Jones and Kai Owen as "Mr Gwen Cooper" Rhys Williams and Tom Price as Gwen’s former police colleague Andy.
The stakes are high as Torchwood battle for the future of the human race against the fiercest force they have encountered.
Also appearing are Peter Capaldi (Fires of Pompeii) as Mr Frobisher (a civil servant who is hiding a terrible secret), Paul Copely as Clem (a survivor haunted by his past) and Liz May Brice (The Bill) as Johnson, cynical covert government agent determined to expose Torchwood.
John Fay and James Moran join Russell T Davies on writing duties for Children of Earth, with the enire production directed by Euros Lyn. Says Russell:
"The new series of Torchwood is hugely bold and promises to be bigger and better than ever – the audience is in for an amazing ride.
"This series is one big serial and the most ambitious story we’ve ever made, and we’ve got plenty of surprises in store."
Julie Gardner, Head of Drama, BBC Wales, said:
"We hope to make Torchwood a gripping and surprising TV event with storylines that push our team into greater danger and sacrifice.
"Joining our main cast are some fantastic guest artists who will only add to making this unmissable TV."
After scoring audience figures as high as 5.1 million for the BBC Two screening of Series 2, and been sold to over 20 countries, Torchwood moves to BBC One with this third run.