John Barrowman Talks About Torchwood: Children Of Earth

John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness in Torchwood: Children Of Earth. Photo courtesy of and copyright of the BBC

John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness in Torchwood: Children Of Earth. Photo courtesy of and copyright of the BBC

SPOILER ALERT!! – Continuing the Q & A series leading up to the BBC America broadcast of Torchwood: Children Of Earth (July 20th @ 9 p.m. EST/PST). Today, John Barrowman a.k.a. Captain Jack, speaks!

As the future of the human race hangs in the balance, Torchwood faces death and destruction and battles to protect the human race. After the potentially apocalyptic encounter, will Torchwood and the human race ever be the same again?

JOHN BARROWMAN – Anybody who loves Science Fiction or a good drama will fall in love with Torchwood. It’s action-packed, it’s sexy, it’s exciting, it’s an emotional roller-coaster and you just want to sit back and get ready for the ride of your life.

Of the new format to this year’s series, John Barrowman says:

JB – It’s changed in the respect that in series one we were crawling, series two we were walking, and now in series three we’re running.

JB – We know what Torchwood is and we know what it’s about – it’s full of drama and action.

JB – This storyline is one of the darker Torchwood storylines. Every time you turn a corner you don’t know what’s going to happen. And when you watch episode one you’re going to want more and more and more.

Things go from bad to worse for Captain Jack (John Barrowman) in Torchwood: Children Of Earth. Photo courtesy of and copyright of the BBC

Things go from bad to worse for Captain Jack (John Barrowman) in Torchwood: Children Of Earth. Photo courtesy of and copyright of the BBC

JB – You’ll learn a lot about the characters in ways that you’ve never known them before.

JB – If you like relationships then you’re going to see the difference in Jack’s and Ianto’s [Gareth David-Lloyd] relationship as well as Gwen’s [Eve Myles] and Rhys’ [Kai Owen] – but you’re also going to see the similarities.

JB – The characters have evolved in ways because we’re learning new things about them. It makes it really interesting for us to play as actors, and for the audience every episode will bring a new revelation.

Dr. Rupesh Patanjali (Rik Makarem) and Captain Jack team up to take on the alien threat in Torchwood: Children Of Earth. Photo courtesy of and copyright of the BBC

Dr. Rupesh Patanjali (Rik Makarem) and Captain Jack team up to take on the alien threat in Torchwood: Children Of Earth. Photo courtesy of and copyright of the BBC

The new show format is also something John thinks will prove entertaining to the audience.

JB – I think the one storyline works perfectly for this series. It’s epic, it’s pacy.

The series will reveal that one of the Torchwood team is hiding a dark secret – a potential catalyst for even more action-packed drama.

JB – One of the team is hiding a secret that will be a revelation to a lot of people – not only to the viewers watching, but to the team itself. It will be very uncomfortable for the characters. And people watching it will question why they did it. Will they be able to understand why they did it! But as in all things Science Fiction, as a series, we can touch on subjects that are not touched upon in a number of other dramas.

Jack and Gwen (Eve Myles) try to figure out what has happened to Earth's children in Torchwood: Children Of Earth. Photo courtesy of and copyright of the BBC

Jack and Gwen (Eve Myles) try to figure out what has happened to Earth's children in Torchwood: Children Of Earth. Photo courtesy of and copyright of the BBC

The new threat faced by the team takes on a sinister theme, using the children of Earth as a conduit.

JB – Anything that involves children doing stuff they are not supposed to be doing is creepy. I let my parents watch episode one and two with me and I watched their reaction. Normally they would get up during a show to get a drink or go to the bathroom, but they didn’t move. My Mom and Dad – who are my biggest critics – were glued to the screen. We finished watching it and the following morning my Dad turned to me and asked, “When are we watching [episode] three?” If they don’t like something I do then they will say it. They absolutely loved this.

As noted above, all photos courtesy of and copyright of the BBC, so please no unauthorized copying or duplicating of any form. Thanks!

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