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John Barrowman Working on Torchwood Novel

By on July 4, 2011

John Barrowman has confirmed he is working on a Torchwood novel, due for publication later this year.  Barrowman told the Boston Herald in a recent interview that he and his sister Carole were working on the project together and teased fans with the prospect the book would include both past and present Torchwood characters.

Barrowman is also busy with several other non-Torchwood related projects including Tonight’s the Night, a popular British series he both hosts and produces, in which he travels around the country making people’s performance dreams come true.  He also beings a musical tour in the UK later this year.

However busy Barrowman may be with ancillary projects, his loyalty to Torchwood is absolute.  “As long as I am able to play Captain Jack and they want me to play Captain Jack, I will play Captain Jack because I absolutely love it. I adore it. It’s changed my life,” Barrowman told the Boston Herald. “It’s the best job in the world.

The new season of Torchwood, entitled Torchwood: Miracle Day airs in the US on July 8th, and in the UK on July 14th.  Barrowman assured fans that the new bigger budget Torchwood was still the same show in essence.  “We’re still the same edgy ‘Torchwood,’ still have the edgy characters and story lines that people seem to like. It wasn’t like a shock to the system. Our really core audience are not going to feel that. They are going to feel like it just picks up right where it left off.”

Are you thinking what I’m thinking? Could the novel be a way for fans to see deceased fan favorite Ianto Jones return from the grave?  And if not Ianto, which other characters would you like to see?


  1. Glass

    July 4, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    LOL I bet the ‘core audience’ won’t notice a difference. The ‘core audience’ they seem to be aiming at are the ones who pay more attention to Mr. Barrowman’s ‘assets’ than the plot. They won’t notice a thing has changed – Hell, they might not even notice the ‘edgy’ and ‘boundary-pushing’ loveable child-murdering paedophile.

    ‘Cause … y’know … making paedophiles ‘likeable’ is definitely a boundary that needs pushing. Definitely not controversy for the sake of controversy. Nah-uh. Not at all.

  2. Jay Beu

    July 6, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    It seems that RTD is more interested in using controversy as a plot device. But THIS core audience member lost interest in the show ages ago.

    And agreed. The Barrowmites seem to be more excited about a naked Barrowman than the story. The few posts I’ve seen about this “epic” and “awesome” show from fans have pretty much hinted that JackJackJack is all that matters. He could just stand there with a grin and his coat for the entirety of the episode and they would proclaim it “Fantastic’.

    Says a lot about the “core audience”, huh?

  3. Missy

    July 6, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    Past characters? Well, first off, I wasn’t impressed by JB’s other works so I have little faith in these. Will wait for less biased views (his devoted followers will, no doubt, leave glowing reviews even if it sucks) from readers and official reviewers.

    Also, unless the team I loved is prominent in the book, even with good reviews, I doubt I’ll buy it. Sorry but the only thing left about Torchwood that I like are the memories. I could never buy into the “Gwen IS Torchwood” (not bashing, just my view). To me, Torchwood was the team we got to know for 26 episodes. To me, that will ALWAYS be Torchwood. And before anyone reading this goes “so why are you posting on a Torchwood article?” it’s because I am curious about the book JB is writing. If it had MY team, MY Torchwood AND is good, I’ll buy it and enjoy it. If it doesn’t meet those criteria, I may borrow it as my local library is good about getting new books pretty quick.

    That said, I hope everyone who is watching enjoys the new show (sorry but I can’t call Miracle Day Torchwood ) and that the book is good.

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