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.
Of 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.