Saturday, April 12, 2008

Torchwood - SciFi Pi:

From SciFi Channel Australia's SciFi Pi:

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John Barrowman Interview - The Secret World Of Captain Jack


When you say 'Captain Jack', some foolish people may respond with 'Jack Sparrow!'

But not the hardcore Torchwood fans - for them, there is only one Captain Jack - Captain Jack Harkness, the immortal, happy go lucky (most of the time) adventurer who leads the Torchwood team against several universes full of bad guys. Never to be outdone by that time-travelling interloper, Doctor Who, Captain Jack has garnered a legion of fans, as has the actor who playes him - John Barrowman.

We've managed to snare this interview from the BBC Worldwide where all things Jack are revealed, and by all, we mean 'all'. So now, when someone says to you - 'you don't know Jack!' you may reply, 'no, sir, I beg to differ - I do know Jack'.

Actor John Barrowman didn’t need a TARDIS to take him into space. All it took was the news that Captain Jack Harkness would be getting his own show and he was over the moon.

When viewers last saw Captain Jack in Doctor Who, he was stranded on a satellite many thousands of years in the future. He had heroically faced down a Dalek invasion to protect his new friends, The Doctor and Rose – but his fate was unknown.

Now Jack is back, and in Russell T Davies’s dark and sexy sci-fi thriller the Time Agent from the 51st century is at the helm of Torchwood, an elite, alien-fighting organisation on the front line in the battle to protect the human race.

“Jack heads up a team of secret agents who are separate from the Government, outside police jurisdiction and beyond the United Nations. At Torchwood, they answer to no one but themselves. They make their own rules,” explains John Barrowman, who plays the enigmatic action man with the mysterious past.

“Jack’s the leader and the glue – he keeps everyone together. He’s the hero … although I don’t think he’d call himself a hero, he’d just call himself a man who does the job because it needs doing.”

But, says the actor, the journey from his terrifying Dalek encounter to 21st-century Cardiff – home of the Hub, Torchwood’s top-secret HQ – has left its mark on Jack. “Jack’s a little bit darker and he’s a little bit angrier than when we last saw him. After all, he was ditched on that satellite and who wouldn’t be angry about that?” he says.

“Towards the end of Doctor Who, Jack was becoming more human – I mean human in the sense that he was starting to feel for other people rather than just thinking about himself. As Torchwood begins, he’s lost some of that. He doesn’t always consider other people’s feelings – his priority is the good of the world.”

Some things, however, never change. “He’s still fun, he still has his dry sense of humour and I think he’s still sexy,” says the actor, revealing that Jack is back to his old tricks, putting his moves on everyone and, well, everything. “It doesn’t have to have a pulse for Jack to fancy it. And if it’s got a zip code, he’ll sleep with it,” he quips.


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