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From the Independent:

"The BBC has commissioned the Doctor Who scriptwriter Russell T Davies to make an adult post-watershed spin-off of its most famous sci-fi show. The new programme will be called Torchwood (an anagram of Doctor Who) and will follow a crack team investigating alien activities and crime in modern-day Britain. It will feature in its starring role John Barrowman, who played Captain Jack Harkness in Doctor Who and who will play the same character in Torchwood." Read more...

BBC3 controller Stuart Murphy says, ""Torchwood, at its centre, is about relationships and love and overcoming adversity. And it will be funny." Torchwood, a team of investigators who probe crime and alien activity on behalf of the government, will be namechecked in the Doctor Who Christmas special and again in the next series of the BBC1 show. Will this post-watershed series feature X-rated activity in the Torchwood equivalent of the Tardis? "People have affairs. There will be sex and swearing, I assume. I'm quite relaxed about that," says Murphy. (From here.)

(Ta to surliminal and taraljc for this!)


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Oct. 17th, 2005 10:28 am (UTC)
well that all seems pretty exciting. i hope it pans out as expected. Go captain Jack!
Oct. 17th, 2005 10:30 am (UTC)

I was listening to Godspell yesterday and was pleasantly surprised to find that he's on one of the soundtrack CDs I have (it's ok, I only have two and I was involved in the production of one of them)... he's got a lovely singing voice.
Oct. 17th, 2005 10:40 am (UTC)
Yeah, I discovered him on my Cole Porter De-Lovely CD. Apparently he's going to be in the new Musicals thing the BBC are doing next spring, too!
Oct. 17th, 2005 10:43 am (UTC)
New Musicals thing? *quivers with excitement* I need to know more. (I'll Google but if you have a link...)
Oct. 17th, 2005 10:52 am (UTC)
From here

"John Barrowman, currently on the London stage in A Few Good Men, will co-host a four-part musicals special for BBC Television.

The shows will feature performances from such current West End musicals as Billy Elliot, Guys and Dolls, Blood Brothers and Chicago as well as crowd favorites The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Cats and My Fair Lady.

The programs, which will air in January 2006 over four consecutive Saturday nights, will be filmed at BBC-TV Centre in West London on Sept. 30, Oct. 2, Oct. 4 and Oct. 6."

I can't find anything on the BBC pages about it now, but I'm sure there was before! Very confused...
Oct. 17th, 2005 06:09 pm (UTC)
I loved him in Hey, Mr Producer, when he was doing One, Two, Three...

My god, the man's all legs and voice and sex! :-D
Oct. 17th, 2005 06:26 pm (UTC)
Ooooh, my mum's got that! I must borrow it...

Apparently he's in the new film of The Producers too, singing Springtime For Hitler :o)
Oct. 17th, 2005 10:33 am (UTC)
Wouldn't you know it, there are already doomsayers on the Who LJ communities declaring that (a) Davies is over-extending himself and everything on both series will be shit or (b) this "adult" spin-off will mean that Doctor Who itself will be dumbed down into a pure kids' show. The sheer ability of this fandom to depress itself continues to leap to my attention.
Oct. 17th, 2005 10:40 am (UTC)
Good God, already? That's amazing. No, I'm going to hope and trust that they'll both stay great.
Oct. 17th, 2005 10:52 am (UTC)
O my, I've come over all faint.

This sounds absolutely terrific!
Oct. 17th, 2005 10:54 am (UTC)
:-D Doesn't it sound GREAT? It's because it sounds so fabulous that I'm being a bit restrained, cos I'm sure it can't possibly end up being as good as it sounds!
Oct. 17th, 2005 11:23 am (UTC)
My one slight worry is that they're only allowing three quarters of an hour per episode. I thought some of the Who stories were a bit hurried. Surely, for the adult version, they could give us a full hour.

Oct. 17th, 2005 11:32 am (UTC)
You can only make in 20 min or 45 min lumps if you plan to sell to the US (45 mins + ads = I US TV hour.)
I wonder though if this might be more serial - a la both QAF and ye olde Dr Who. I hope so!
Oct. 17th, 2005 11:49 am (UTC)
If people are going to be having affairs etc it suggests that there will be a larger story arc. I certainly hope so.
Oct. 17th, 2005 06:14 pm (UTC)
YAY!!! when does it start?? Can we watch it as obsessively as we watched Dr Who??? Are these stupid questions????

Oct. 17th, 2005 06:21 pm (UTC)

yeah, i know.
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