and John Barrowman to team for Doctor Who spinoff
Broadcasting Corp. is spinning off a new show from its
popular revival of the cult hit Doctor Who, the
network said Monday. Torchwood, which will
begin filming next year, will focus on Captain Jack, played
by gay actor John Barrowman, who appeared in the first
season of the revived Doctor Who as well as opposite
Kevin Kline in De-Lovely.
Who writer Russell Davies, whose credits include
the original U.K. Queer as Folk and Bob
& Rose, is at work on the new show with a
team of writers. "It's dark, wild, and sexy," he said.
"Torchwood is a British sci-fi paranoid
thriller, a cop show with a sense of humor."
audience for the time-traveling outer space adventures of
Doctor Who includes both children and adults,
Davies said Torchwood—the title is an anagram
of Doctor Who—would be aimed at adults. Stuart
Murphy, controller of BBC3, the station that will air the
show, said its characters would "investigate human and
alien crime, as well as alien technology that has
fallen to Earth." The BBC's recent revival of Doctor
Who, which originally ran from 1963 to 1989, has
been hugely popular. (AP, with additional reporting by