Ianto Stays Dead

Russell T Davies’ recent chat with SFX has seen him reveal a few things about Torchwood Series 4 – not least the amount of behind the scenes work that has gone into forging a co-production between BBC Wales, BBC Worldwide and Starz.

Gareth David-Lloyd as Ianto Jones in Torchwood: Children of EarthOf most interest to a good portion of Torchwood fans, however, will be news of Ianto Jones’ mortality.

Basically, yes he is.

Dead. So Russell says:

“Yes, he is, bless him. I saw an interview with Gareth David-Lloyd recently where he was saying, ‘That’s enough, thanks’. Leave him to get on with his career!”

So, the loyal Torchwood servant, tragically gassed in Children of Earth, will remain dead. Which is just as well.

As we’ve seen with another loyal companion, repeated comebacks just serve to decrease the impact of the first departure (see Turn Left/The Stolen Earth/Journey’s End, The End of Time, Part 2).

Perhaps this is for the best.

Christian Cawley


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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