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Barrowman: “I’ve moved on” from Torchwood

Regardless of just what the future holds for Torchwood, one man not waiting around for the phone to ring is John Barrowman.

John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness

During an appearance on Graham Norton’s BBC Radio 2 show, Barrowman said he had already ‘moved on’ from the show:

“It’s in limbo in a sense… Something could be done in five years, something could be done in ten years, but if I’d have sat around and waited for the last two years I would have been bankrupt and unemployed, so I’ve moved on.”

It’s difficult to read too much into this.

The cynical may scoff at the notion that Barrowman was ever just known as an actor in Torchwood – rather than the omnipresent multifaceted media personality to we’ve all grown to love and eventually tolerate. It wasn’t as if he was actually going to wind up giving them the ol’ razzle dazzle in the dole office (just imagine it though! – Ed)

And while the show itself may have disappeared in the ether, John is still involved in other media attached to it, like the graphic novels and books he has written with his sister Carole – so he hasn’t really parted completely from it.

However one fact that’s clear from his statement is that regardless of just how passionate the fan base is to see more; for now Torchwood will remain on the inactive duty roster.

Perhaps it needs a second life in other mediums to expand its horizons and breathe life back into the franchise? Or should it just go hell for leather and come back with an all guns blazing, full on invasion movie spectacular?

As usual, share your thoughts below.


Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

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