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Published on February 25th, 2009 | by Christian Cawley

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Carole Barrowman Interviewed

Captain Jack Harkness actor John Barrowman has written a Torchwood comic strip with his sister Carole Barrowman – and she’s been interviewed by the Newsarama.com guys about the story that appears in current issues of Torchwood Magazine.

The Tale of the Selkie apparently (and rather pretentiously) deals with the "role of myth in a culture’s zeitgeist". Let’s face it, that’s not too far from the truth in most fantasy stories.

However the genesis of the project is of particular interest, with Ms Barrowman revealing that she and her brother received superb support for their first foray.

…This was my first comic. Trevor [Goring] and Tommy Lee [Edwares, illustrators] were terrific. Talk about learning from masters. I sent them a scene by scene breakdown of the story when John and I settled on it, and then Trevor created the panel layouts. I wrote the full script at that point with some input from John. Usually when I write, it’s just my computer and me.

I loved how collaborative this whole process was and I appreciated how tightly and succinctly the medium forced me to write and to think.

So the big question is, how much exactly did the star of Torchwood, Doctor Who and countless other TV shows contribute to The Tale of the Selkie?

He contributed a lot in the beginning of the process. After John and I settled on the story and it’s overall plot, I took over and wrote the script. And, of course, Jack has all the best lines.

Yep.  Thought so…

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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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