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.”