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John Bar­row­man hopes new Torch­wood comic could pave way for TV re­turn

“We want to put Torch­wood back on the screen, and the fans need to know that now,” John Bar­row­man tells Red Alert. “That’s why we’re do­ing this [comic]. I want Cap­tain Jack back on screen. Fans want him. I think some­body missed a trick when they didn’t con­tinue with it. All I’ll say is I have a phone call, and I’m speak­ing with some­body about the fu­ture…”

While we cross our fin­gers, there’s the small mat­ter of that afore­men­tioned comic, which Bar­row­man has writ­ten with his sis­ter Ca­role. The duo pre­vi­ously col­lab­o­rated on Torch­wood novel Ex­o­dus Code, and the new story picks up af­ter that. “We said, ‘If we’re go­ing to cre­ate the new Torch­wood, let’s take the core team who are left,’” ex­plains John, “and that’s Jack, Gwen and Rhys. They’re the soul of the story mov­ing for­ward, but we’re bring­ing new peo­ple into it.”

As for the op­por­tu­nity to ven­ture into sto­ry­telling are­nas im­pos­si­ble on a TV bud­get… “It’s pretty darn cool,” says Ca­role. “One thing I take from Rus­sell [T Davies] is you write it like it’s a fea­ture film, and then you start cut­ting back,” adds John. “With this the artists just need to fig­ure out how to make it work and look good. That’s the beauty of do­ing comics.”

Torch­wood is out now from Ti­tan Comics.

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