John Barrowman says he can’t wait to jet out to the USA in the New Year to begin work on The New World.
Speaking to inexplicably popular Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles earlier this week, Barrowman certainly does seem to be gearing up to throwing himself into returning as (Group) Captain Jack Harkness as the much-missed Torchwood plans to return with a new 10-part series.
“I’m going to be moving to Los Angeles for six months of the year from January.”
“We’re filming in Wales and Los Angeles as it’s a co-production now with the BBC and the Starz Network. I’m very excited.”
“It’ll be worked out where we’re doing the chunk of filming in the Cardiff area prior to going out and then we’ll film our chunk in Los Angeles.”
Russell T Davis and Julie Gardner spoke with IGN about the up coming Torchwood The New World. IGN: We’ve heard this new CIA character, Rex, is somewhat the entry point of The New World. Will we get to Jack and Gwen pretty quickly? Davies: Too soon to say, but I’m very aware of that. I will enjoy playing with that and I can see already that a slight myth is going to build up of sorts, saying that Rex is our only entry point. When we first see Gwen, you will see what it essentially was in the series [before]. There are no super powers, there’s no credits, no money, no special privileges. You’ll see an ordinary woman whose life is about to take an extraordinary turn. So there will be an awful lot of new viewers where if you’ve never seen Gwen Cooper in your life, you will see a woman with a husband, a baby, thrown into a threat and you’ll latch onto her immediately. Even the way that Captain Jack is introduced is written so that you’ll latch onto that as well. IGN: With Jack, I would guess it’s one of those delicate balancing acts, because as you’re well aware, there is a portion of the fandom still mourning Inato, some of whom will want Jack to still be mourning him. But of course, you want to move forward and not have the character be stuck in sadness. Davies: Of course, we’re aware of that. It’s a love of a great actor and a great performance. It’s not just the love of Ianto, I think it’s probably the love of Gareth David-Lloyd, which is a wonderful thing to see. Even Gareth now has done interviews now, saying, “It’s time to move on.” He’s very kind and respectful. Of course, it’s not a blank slate for Jack. Of course that past haunts him. Not just Ianto, but the terrible events that he took after Ianto’s death with his own grandson will haunt him. Nonetheless the story is at least two years later. And with any fictional character, if they walked into scene one dragging their baggage behind him… If you sit down and someone starts telling you their whole family history, you don’t want to spend any time with them. So that’s true of Jack and everyone in life. So you’ve got to be aware of that. We’ll handle it delicately and suitably and with a great deal of respect, but nonetheless, the imperative is to move on. IGN: What is the dynamic with Rex and the other new character, Ester? What kind of sensibilities do they bring to Torchwood? Davies: I don’t want to give away too much. Rex certainly brings dynamism and energy and hostility towards Torchwood. He wants to know who the hell they are and why the hell they’re so important and they can get out of his way… at first. There’s a great, fun, sparky, sexy sort of antagonism to the whole thing. Ester is much calmer, but through the course of the story, she suffers some great, powerful, emotional stories as it goes on. In some ways, she’s a bit of an innocent abroad and soon learns not to be. And that plays off Gwen’s experience with these things. The fact that Gwen still is the most ordinary woman in the world, and Jack’s huge perspective of things, having lived for thousands of years… Just telling Rex that he can’t die is a hilarious scene. There’s a lot of fresh material there that we’ll mine, but again the new story will always move us forward. IGN: Is there room going forward for Jack to have a new love interest? Or will that wait awhile? Davies: He’s not one to wait, is he? And again, that’s touching on an area where you don’t want to cheapen it and you want to respect it, but at the same time, no one wants to deny Jack his life. As with your friends in real life; If you are unlucky enough or sad enough to know people in these circumstances, you do not want the remaining partner’s life to end. So no matter how much he loved Ianto, that love has to become a really positive and enabling thing that will allow Jack to move forward. IGN: Now that Doctor Who has done its latest big reinvention with Matt Smith, do you think the two series have completely split off at this point, or do you think another crossover is possible? Davies: Steven [Moffat] knows the plot of The New World. As a courtesy, I sent him a synopsis and said, “Is that going to clash with anything you’re doing?” We both have enough awareness of each other’s worlds to avoid that. And I still executive produce The Sarah Jane Adventures in Britain. I’m still working on that, and that works in synch with Doctor Who. So we are still very much aware of each plans, without spoiling each other’s news. We’re very careful to make sure that we behave within the Doctor Who world, while still being completely free to tell our own stories. IGN: I think the curiosity fans have is how Jack would react to this Doctor, since he had a specific relationship with the previous one. Davies: Well, Steven said he’d love to see Jack in Doctor Who. So if Steven says that, Steven will make it happen, I would think. That’s not inside information, but I bet one day it will happen. I’d love to see it. It would be marvelous.