The internet is buzzing with the BBC’s confirmation that not-as-good-as-it-deserves-to-be Docor Who spinoff Torchwood is moving to BBC2 when it returns in January. The official press release may have something to do with this, as it trumpets the channel change even though it’s been officially acknowledged for months. Indeed, Julie Gardner talked about the change in our Doctor Who-themed podcast back in March.
More interestingly, the BBC confirmed that James Marsters, US star of Buffy The Vampire Slayer and (briefly) Smallville, is to have a guest role on the series. While the casting was known amongst fans for some time, today’s the first time it has been confirmed that another big star of American TV will be joining the show for a bit. Alan Dale is these days best known for his turns on 24 and Ugly Betty, but for most of us Brits, like that annoying Aussie tourist in that even-more-annoying Channel 4 trailer, he’ll always be Jim Robinson from Neighbours. And of course, Freema Agyeman is to reprise her role as Martha Jones, before the character rejoins the TARDIS crew midway through the parent series’ fourth season.
But there’s one thing that the BBC press release doesn’t tell you. One thing that will get fans speculating like crazy. One thing that has been confirmed only by the publicity people at BBC Pictures, who provided the info. alongside the picture you see to your right.
And that’s what character James Marsters will be playing.
To save spoiler-phobic blushes, I’ll go into more detail after the jump…
James Marsters will, according to BBC Picture Publicity, be playing “Captain John”.
Yeah, I know.
The similarity of name could mean that he’s the ‘rogue Time Agent’ the press release talks about (although that wouldn’t explain the similarity of name to Torchwood’s Captain Jack — especially as that’s a name he appropriated for himself). It could also be a fake name being used by the BBC to avoid revealing anything more about the character beforehand.
But when he does arrive on the scene, John Barrowman claims that there will be a frisson between the two captains:
And there’s a scene between he and Jack when they first meet, all I’ll say is, this scene is so hot, so horny, so horny, so violent, that all the fans who watch it are going [er, appreciate it greatly].
Am I the only one whose heart sinks a little every time the cast go on about how sexy/’horny’ Torchwood is? It’s almost as if they’d learned nothing from Series 1…