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Published on September 11th, 2010 | by Meredith Burdett

Who REALLY Killed Ianto Jones?

What happened to you when Ianto Jones died in Torchwood: Children of Earth? Did you breathe a sigh of relief as they offed a character that you had no time for? Or did you weep uncontrollably at the thought that you would never see him in action again?

Well you can either congratulate or despise John Fay, who was given the task of killing of Mr Jones.

In an interview with website Scifilove, Fay reveals how he wrote the death of one of Captain Jack’s closest companions:

“Russell wanted that to happen, although they are my words. It was absolutely the right thing to do though from the point of view of the story and what it gave to the last episode… In my mind, I was always aware that Jack had gone through this situation many times before, and that was really interesting to me. How do you have a relationship and fall in love with someone when you know – absolutely know – you will be around to see them die?

“I still think I didn’t quite nail it. There is a line there that I never managed to put my finger on, or maybe didn’t want to… At the time, Children of Earth was the first thing I had written after my dad died and I wonder if I feel that way because I was writing about my dad in some way through that time.”

Children of Earth (and this is only one opinion mind you) was an effective and satisfying piece of drama. Epic, stylish and well written. Which means that it’s good news that John is also helping out with the writing for Torchwood: The New World. And by the sounds of it, it’ll be a great jumping on point:

“We worked from 9-5 each day to storyline the show, but in much greater detail than I was used to from working in England… That was more ‘we want it to be kind of like this’, a looser structure, whereas in America we beat out every detail of each episode and went one step at a time. It was fascinating to see that approach…we are starting from scratch to some degree, but what helps us is we have got such well established characters in Jack and Gwen that people know and love…

“Obviously Torchwood is an established show with an clear history which we will refer too, but we have to embrace people who maybe haven’t seen any Torchwood before. If you get too self-referential it can get dull, so what’s gone before will be referenced, but in a subtle way.”

Torchwood: The New World begins filming in early 2011 and is expected to air later that year on BBC One in the UK and Starz in America.


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What happens when an eight year old kid watches the 1993 repeat run of Planet of the Daleks? He pretty much ends up here writing about the show that grabbed hold of him and never let go!

2 Responses to Who REALLY Killed Ianto Jones?

  1. avatar krumstets says:

    I hope that we get to see the series either the same time as in the USA or before it.

  2. avatar Byron says:

    I was fairly neutral on Ianto as a character. I didn’t hate him but I didn’t care much about him either. Owen was the most sharply drawn of all the supporting characters (other than Gwen) and his “death” had more dramatic impact for me than Ianto’s. Ianto seemed too bland for Jack to be so attached to him. Anyway, Jack’s sacrifice of his grandson completely dwarfed any emotional impact that Ianto’s death may have had.

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