john-barrowman-torchwood“Torchwood,” the “Doctor Who” spinoff series that aired from 2006 to 2011 on various BBC stations and Starz, may be soon coming back to television, Whovians.

Speaking with Comic-Con HQ Friday (July 22), star John Barrowman said that he’s currently working very hard to bring “Torchwood” back to TV.

“I have a phone conversation on Monday to see how we can get it back on television,” says Barrowman, adding that he is not joking around. “The fans know me well enough, I’m only going to say it if I mean it and believe it.”

Barrowman had previously hinted at “Torchwood’s” possible return to TV, but it was in much vaguer terms than his Comic-Con comments. At the 2015 winter TCA press tour, he told TV critics that they were hopeful about the BBC radio plays leading to a new TV project.

“I do know that we’re doing three or four radio plays for the BBC for ‘Torchwood,’” said Barrowman at the time. “My sister and I are discussing the possibility of writing one of them and whether or not that leads to something [on TV] … I’m full-time with ‘Arrow’ now. It’s not a question of me not wanting to do it, it’s a question of the BBC wanting to do it or others wanting to do ‘Torchwood.’ I know the fans are out there, so I think they’d be silly not to. [The ‘Arrow’ producers have] always said, ‘If you need to go and do a special, we’ll let you go do it.’”

At Comic-Con, Barrowman says that this bombshell probably has the people at Titan Comics “crapping their pants,” but they should actually be excited because fans need to show their support by buying the new “Torchwood” comic.

“If you really believe in ‘Torchwood,’ get the comic. Get this series going, it’s like a Kickstarter. If you buy the comic, you’ll show your support … we need Captain Jack back on the screens,” he says.

The new comic, written by Barrowman and his sister, Carole E. Barrowman, is available at Titan’s booth # 5537 and the Barrowman siblings will be part of the “Torchwood” panel on Saturday, July 23 at 3:30 p.m. PT in room 5AB to promote the comic — and hopefully tease some more about this possible TV revival.

But for now, Barrowman offers a small teaser about the new comic to Comic-Con HQ and its audience: “We introduce you to the new characters who are aboard the Ice Maiden, where Captain Jack has been keeping all the destroyed parts of Torchwood from around the world.”

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Now I never did this kind of thing in my teenage years…

Well, done Billy Garratt-John.



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Good Luck…:)


Regrets & Rumors

The 11th Doctor has been very vocal about his regrets at leaving the series.

Former Time Lord Matt Smith has stuck a sonic screwdriver in the works regarding rumours he’s to return the hit BBC sci-fi favourite Doctor Who.

The 32-year-old actor, who played the Doctor’s 11th incarnation between 2009 and 2013, was the subject of recent whispers which suggested he might be set to return to the Tardis once Peter Capadi had finished his current run in the role.

Smith had recently spoken quite openly about his regret at leaving the programme, while its showrunner Steven Moffat had described his decision to move on as “a tough time”.

He added: “Matt, who was a friend and ally, was leaving. I couldn’t get him to stay. It felt like everything was blowing up around me.”

Sadly for fans of No 11, however, Smith today confirmed in a live blog for The Guardian newspaper that he wouldn’t be coming back.

“Yes I miss it. No, it’s not true,” he said.

“I miss everything. I miss Steven, I miss Karen, I miss Arthur, I miss Jenna. I miss time travelling. And I miss my friends in Cardiff.

“But onward goes the march.

“It’s Peter’s Tardis now. And I love what he does. So I watch as a fan.”

His successor Peter Capaldi has been tipped to bow out after the next series, currently being filmed in South Wales for release in 2017. (Wales Online)



Say Something Nice

Tom Baker is a Titan

Read issue #4 of the new ongoing series. Love it.
It so evocative of his era.
And it’s the best written of all of the Titan Comics at this point.
Though, I am a sucker for Sarah Jane.
She wasn’t really in this issue much.:)
But mixing mythology, aliens, and a pseudo-historical, that’s my classic Who.
When we left the Doctor he was cornered with the monster, so naturally this issue involves him trying to talk his way out of trouble. Because this is Tom Baker’s take on the Time Lord, that involves a quick-fire series of witty one-liners that perfectly captures the Doctor.
Then they ad Modern Who touches that don’t detract from the story also.
Well worth the money and the read.

Barrowman & Baker: What a Combo!

I had a friend who got me the advanced Limited Edition Green Arrow for LEGO Dimensions.

When you get it watch for the Doctor on the same team…:)

Earlier today at Star Wars Celebration 2016, it was revealed that legendary Doctor Who actor Tom Baker is to provide his voice for a pivotal role in the upcoming season of Star Wars: Rebels.

The news was announced live to thousands of fans gathered in London’s ExCel Centre for Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016 as a new trailer for the award-winning animated spin-off series was aired.

Baker, who played the Fourth Doctor in the hugely successful BBC time-traveling series from 1974 until 1981, voices a huge (literally!) character named Bendu, who is described as the ‘middle way of the Force’ – not Dark Side or Light Side, he’s ‘something else, a force of nature.’


Rebels showrunner Dave Filoni told a delighted audience that when he wrote this character, he ‘knew’ it had to be Tom Baker to voice it. As a child Filoni was a fan of The Fourth Doctor, describing Tom as ‘bigger than life.’

‘He’s so unique in everything he does,’ Filoni told host and Star Wars movie star Warwick Davis (Life’s Too Short), adding that Bendu is ‘a different kind of Force character/creature than we’ve had before,’ and will make a ‘big difference’ to the hit Disney show.

The character’s name may be familiar to uber fans of the space opera as the term ‘Jedi Bendu’ appeared in George Lucas’ early drafts of the Star Wars script back in the early 70s.

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Rebels showrunner Dave Filoni announced Tom Baker would be voicing the part live at Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016

Dave Filoni also brought another Doctor to the Star Wars universe in 2012 when he cast Tenth Doctor actor David Tennant in the The Clone Wars animated series. The role won the Scottish actor an Emmy.

This Day in History

hartnell legacyIt was on Saturday 16th July 1966, fifty years ago today, that the third season of Doctor Who came to an end.

At the end of episode number 126 the series would take its now traditional summer break, ready to return refreshed in the autumn.

Production on that new series was continuing and during the week William Hartnell had been in London working on the first story of the next series, episode two of . After four days of rehearsal, the episode had been recorded at Riverside studios, finishing late on Friday evening. It was the usual pattern for the series, a pattern Hartnell had been following it for three years. However, this week was different. When Hartnell returned home, to Old Mill Cottage near the quaint village of Mayfield, in the heart of the Sussex weald, he had some momentous news for his wife Heather. He had agreed to give up the role of the Doctor.

Hartnell told his wife he would only record six more episodes. His final story would be broadcast in October and then he would leave the series. His time as The Doctor was nearly over.

Replacing the lead actor is a difficult decision for any producer to take, especially one where the entire story revolves around a central character. But it had become clear that Hartnell couldn’t continue in the role. The actor was suffering from Arteriosclerosis, a thickening, hardening and loss of elasticity of the walls of arteries, which affected his memory as well as his physical health.

The disease meant Hartnell was becoming increasingly difficult to work with. Recently he had lost his main support when Peter Purves had left the series and had not formed a close relationship with the new companions played by Anneke Wills and Michael Craze. His poor health, along with declining ratings, down to around 5 million from an average of 8 million the previous summer, convinced producer Innes Lloyd a change was needed. He gained approval from his bosses, including Sydney Newman, to seek out a new Doctor and to replace William Hartnell.

In spite of his health, Hartnell was devastated to be leaving the series. In 1983 Heather Hartnell gave an interview to Doctor Who Magazine.

When the time came for Bill to leave the show, purely because of his ill health, it broke his heart. Having told the press that it was going to run for five years, he was determined to play it for five years. But he couldn’t remember his lines, plus his legs were beginning to give way at times. Between the end of 1966 and when he made ‘The Three Doctors’ in 1972, he got progressively weaker mentally and physically. That’s the awful thing about arteriosclerosis, as the arteries close up the flow of blood is not only weakened to the limbs but to the brain as well.

Hartnell’s professional life before Doctor Who had consisted mainly of playing villains, in numerous British films. He had been a solid character actor, firmly on the B list. All that changed in 1963. Playing the Doctor had brought him into the homes of millions of families each Saturday night. It had made him a celebrity, a role model, adored by children across the nation.

Heather Hartnell told DWN.

I’ll always remember he opened a big annual fete at Pembury Hospital in about ’64, ’65, and a great friend of his had a lovely pre-1914 war car, a real veteran. Anyway, this friend drove the car into Tunbridge Wells where he met Bill, who had changed into his Doctor’s costume complete with wig, stick and cape that the BBC had lent him. Bob pulled up in this open tourer and Bill got in front and I in the back, and off we set for the hospital. By the time we had gone three odd miles to the fete, there was a stream of kids and cars and bicycles behind us. It was fantastic.

Hartnell’s career was virtually over after he left the series. He had a short run in pantomime the following Christmas, touring the country in Puss in Boots. He would return to Doctor Who in 1973, appearing in The Three Doctors. By then his health had declined so much his appearance was restricted to a few filmed inserts.

William Henry Hartnell died in April 1975, but his greatest legacy lives on.


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