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Published on November 13th, 2011 | by Scott Varnham

The 21st Century Is When… Torchwood Ends?

Speaking out this weekend, John Barrowman (shakes fist) started trying to let the fans of Torchwood down gently and prepare them for the fact that a fifth season might not be forthcoming. Speaking to RTE Ten about a possible future for the show after Miracle Day, he said

“It’s in limbo at the moment and beyond my control.”

In an ideal world, it would’ve been nice to actually have the plans for a fifth season set in stone before Rusty left us hanging regarding certain plot elements. However, clearly either someone (ie Rusty) is lying to get publicity and the plans have already been given the go-ahead (this wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest) or – and I appreciate that this is out there – John Barrowman has no say in whether the show gets commissioned or not. (One thing’s for sure: if the next season consists entirely of episodes like episode ten, The Blood Line, then I’m all for it!)

He didn’t seem to be completely down on the show, however – in the same interview he stated that

“I would love to do a new series and I will play Captain Jack as long as they want me to play Captain Jack.”

That’s good, it means that if the show doesn’t come back it won’t be due to problems with its star. Although it does raise the question: when would they stop wanting him to play Captain Jack? He can only be an unchanging character for so long if the basic format remains the same, so it follows that if it proves to be a long runner then Jack’s last story will come sooner rather than later. It could even happen in the feature film that he suggested at the same time. That actually sounds good – one last great adventure, with death awaiting him!

(Via Digital Spy!)


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2 Responses to The 21st Century Is When… Torchwood Ends?

  1. avatar DavidF says:

    He doesn’t need to be an unchanging character. In Last of the Time Lords, he talks about how he is visibly aging. And we know he changes at some point, because his head becomes massive and he ends up living in a jar. We’ve already seen his death, and there could be millions of years’ worth of new adventures between now and then, never mind “one last” one . . .

  2. avatar STLShawn says:

    I, for one, am surprised at how well Miracle Day went. I don’t follow ratings and all that sort of thing, I’m talking about how it turned out to be a good quality piece of entertainment.

    It was nice to see that the show was not too “Americanized” (A phrase that i believe should be more “Hollywoodized”). It seems as though RTD kept a cool and steady hand on the controls, and did not let a bunch of overly hair gelled, tooth whitened, fake tanned, latte slurping American writers and guys in suits take it too far from it’s roots. There was a definite Hollywood element to it, but it pretty much seemed to flow along with the whole Torchwood experience.

    I do miss the quirky beginnings of “Everything Changes” and the rest of Season one, but i’m glad it didn’t go where “children of Earth” went (Using children for an emotional response from your audience is a cheap and dirty trick).

    I hope RTD gets some rest, and gets back to his quirky roots when he begins on the next project that he throws at someone. I realize it’s a problem of Sci-Fi, Comedy, and light drama,,,, it can get too dramatic as it goes on. There’s no way to capture Gwen’s feeling of magic when she started again, there’s nobody left who’s death would “shock” us, but it’s a challenge that i think RTD can overcome if he just chills out a bit.

    Anyway,,,,, here’s to hoping :)

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