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The Lives of Captain Jack

John Barrowman comes back to life in his own adventures from the Worlds of Doctor Who

Starring John Barrowman, with guest stars Camille Coduri, Russell Tovey, Katy Manning, Sarah Douglas and Alexander Vlahos, The Lives of Captain Jack is out now from Big Finish!

“Life is about choices, who gets to live, who gets to die, who we love, who we hate… our choices shape the future of the universe.”

Exploring chapters of Jack’s life not seen on-screen, The Lives of Captain Jack follows John Barrowman’s character from straight after Season 1 of Doctor Who‘s 2005 revival, in a Dalek-ravaged Earth, to a passionate night out with Alonso Frame (played by Russell Tovey), his origins at the Time Agency, and meeting his match with Jackie Tyler (Camille Coduri).

Writer Guy Adams gives us a little teaser, “Most of us haven’t lived as interesting a life as Captain Jack Harkness. Thankfully. If James and I had been forced to dramatise the most exciting periods of our own lives, at least two of the discs would have been about cats. Writing dialogue for a national institution is always a joy too, like scripting a lither, sexier Royal Albert Hall as it leaps around the Universe bedazzling the natives.”

Writer/producer James Goss fills us in on John Barrowman’s japes in the studio: “John Barrowman is like working with a very professional force of nature who at any moment will do something naughty. We were sharing the studios with an incredibly posh, high brow Radio 4 drama who watched as he and Camille chased each other round the green room before he dashed off to buy our whole team ice cream. After John danced back into the studio, Sir Simon Callow muttered, “No-one ever buys me an ice cream”.

“John is a proper celebrity – he went on Loose Women, fell off a stool, and still came to studio on time, giggling at having broken the internet. When we were recording down in Cardiff Bay, he was spotted by a devastatingly attractive young Doctor Who fan who couldn’t believe what was happening. John lit up and not only made the guy’s day, but also made sure his friends had a brilliant time. That’s John – everyone loves him.”

This four disc boxset (directed by Scott Handcock), is now available at £25 for CD and £20 Download. And because you can never have enough Captain Jack, Torchwood – the Conspiracy, as The Listener’s Title of the Month, is available at £2.99 as a download!


Arrow Season 5 finale trailer released

The CW has released the first trailer for the Arrow season five finale, featuring the return of Deathstroke, Nyssa al Ghul, and Captain Boomerang:

“The battle between Oliver and Adrian Chase (Josh Segarra) culminates in a final epic battle on Lian Yu. After recent events, Oliver decides to recruit a group of unlikely allies – Slade (guest star Manu Bennett), Nyssa (guest star Katrina Law), Merlyn (John Barrowman) and Digger Harkness (guest star Nick. E. Tarabay) – to defeat Chase. However, Chase has his own army – Black Siren (guest star Katie Cassidy), Evelyn Sharp (guest star Madison McLaughlin) and Talia al Ghul (guest star Lexa Doig) – and the forces collide in an explosive season finale.”


Torchwood #1 Convention Exclusive

Torchwood is back in an all-new ongoing comics series written by Captain Jack himself!

Captain Jack Harkness is back in Cardiff, and there’s only one person he can turn to – the last person who expected to see him: Gwen Cooper! On the road, on the run, and under fire, can the pair put aside their differences and rebuild the heart of Torchwood, before its flame is stamped out forever?!

Plus: this convention special features John Barrowman, Carole E. Barrowman, and Tommy Lee Edwards comic short story, “the selkie”, finally back in print!

As we say goodbye to Peter Capaldi…

Peter Capaldi has joined Steven Moffat in announcing that season ten will be his last full series of Doctor Who. As has become the tradition Capaldi will regeneration into the thirteenth Doctor during this years Christmas special.

Even though both Capaldi and Moffat have faced criticism during their time, overall their stints have been fairly successful.

Tabloid speculation about ratings and just how unpopular Capaldi has been have both been proven to be unfounded. The shows audience share has not changed since the Matt Smith days whilst overseas ratings have increased. This is without mentioning its popularity on iPlayer the general good reviews lauded on season nine. Capaldi has also been loved especially by the old school Whovians and even a new generation fans too young to have been around for nine and ten.

With that in mind here are my hopes for season ten.

One of the main criticism of Steven Moffat’s time as show runner was how badly the love interests have been handled. Complaints that Matt Smith’s run as the Doctor nearly tuned into the ‘Amy & Rory Show: featuring the Doctor’ were largely justified and the Mr Pink story line turned Clara from one of the most loved companions too, throughout season eight, one many found annoying. Luckily Clara redeemed herself in season nine but, for a while there it seemed they’d destroyed her reputation for good. Even, at times, the Doctor and River’s arc became clunky and unbelievable. Despite this the arc was given a great end with the 2015 Christmas special ‘The Husbands of River Song’. Whilst it’s hard to see new companion Bill and Matt Lucas’s Nardole becoming amorous I hope they follow the example of season nine and keep a long running love story arc out of the show.

One character many Whovians have missed is John Barrowman’s Captain Jack Harkness. I’ve always felt that Harkness and the twelfth Doctor would interact so well. Especially the more serious and focused version of Harkness seen in Torchwood. John Barrowman has shown a lot of interest in returning to Doctor Who. He was also one of the main voices that got the Big Finish Torchwood series made and is currently pushing for the return of the show to the BBC. Hopefully this character, seemingly forgotten by Moffat, will be given his chance in season ten.

Recent spinoff Class struggled for ratings and there are rumours that the show could be cancelled after only one series. This would be a shame as it really was an enjoyable watch. Despite this I would love to see the cast of Class cross over to Doctor Who. It wouldn’t need much explanation; there’s also a president with the casts of Torchwood and the Sarah Jane Adventures making appearances. Also, if the rumours of cancelation are true, it would be nice to see the story arc started in Class at some point resolved within Doctor Who. I know this can be done in spin offs such as books or Big Finish it just seems it deserves more than that.

One of the biggest successes of season nine was the, in the main, the stories being set across more than one episode. This let the plot breathe, allowed character development for one off characters and gave the series a classic Who feel. Hopefully this will be something repeated in season ten.

Lastly I would love to see the Doctor’s past delved into a little more. The Doctor Who extended universe has provided an extensive back story for the Doctors but, there is still large gaps. The return of the Doctors home planet Gallifrey, gives Moffat and Capaldi an opportunity to explore the Doctors past. This has been largely unavailable since the shows return which has seen, until now, the Doctor trying to come to terms with what he did in the Time War and always trying to look to the future rather than into his past. An actor with the talent of Capaldi should add a weight and pathos to any revelations.

Extended trailer released for Arrow

The CW has released an extended trailer for the mid-season premiere of Arrow entitled “Who Are You?”

Worried that Prometheus is right and he is truly a killer at heart, Oliver looks for any ray of hope and finds it in what seems to be the miraculous return of Laurel Lance (guest star Katie Cassidy). However, Felicity, still reeling from Detective Malone’s murder, is bent on revenge – she wants to stop Prometheus at any cost. While in prison, Diggle fights for his life.

Big Finish open The Torchwood Archive!

Big Finish’s Torchwood Anniversary special – The Torchwood Archive is out now; a two-hour celebration of the tenth anniversary of the hugely popular Doctor Who spin-off, starring John Barrowman, Eve Myles,Gareth David-Lloyd, Naoko Mori, and a host of other familiar names. It also features Samuel Barnett as Norton Folgate, who this weekend debuts on BBC America as Douglas Adams‘ Dirk Gently in a new TV series!

And to further mark this anniversary, until 23:59 next Friday (UK time), Big Finish are offering a 15% discount on the first 12 of the Torchwood single disc releases, including such titles asThe Conspiracy, Fall to Earth, More Than This, Zone 10Moving Target and many more. Enter a discount code of 15OFFTW on check-out to have the discount applied to these individual titles, or go for the six-story Torchwood bundles for the first 12 releases which have been reduced in price for the weekend (note: discount codes don’t apply to subscriptions, bundles and pre-orders).

The Torchwood Archive is available from today on Download and CD, the pre-release prices of £11.99 and £13.99 being held until the end of 2016. The 15% offers end at 23:59 (UK time) on Friday 28th October. If you have Android or Apple devices and want to listen to your purchases on-the-go, try the free Big Finish apps.

Big Finish’s Torchwood ranges continue with more thrilling and intriguing single-disc stories from March, and with next month’s Torchwood – Outbreak and January’s Torchwood One – Before The Fall (both currently at pre-release prices).

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow trailer released

San Diego Comic-Con has given us lots of cool stuff to look at this weekend, included in that is the news that DC’s Legends of Tomorrow will be facing the Legion of Doom in their second season! The Legion will be made up of Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman), Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough), the Reverse-Flash (Matt Letscher) and Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller).

Executive Producer Marc Guggenheim stated that “for season two of Legends, we decided that the perfect antagonist for TV’s first-ever team of Super Heroes would be TV’s first-ever team of Super-Villains, recruited from the ranks of Arrow and The Flash’s deadliest adversaries. Being huge fans of the Challenge of the Superfriends, we’ve come to call this group our ‘Legion of Doom.’”


Captain Jack Harkness and Ianto Jones are going to the pub! John Barrowman and Gareth David-Lloyd star in our latest Torchwood release…

Ianto Jones. Survivor of Torchwood One. Assistant to Torchwood Three. A man whose actions have caused the death of innocents. Ianto Jones is lost and alone: is this the day everything changes for the worse?

Based on the beloved Doctor Who spin-off series created by Russell T Davies, Big Finish’s range of Torchwood audios continue the legacy of Earth’s greatest defenders, with new stories set in and around the original TV show.

The penultimate instalment of Big Finish’s second series of audio dramas, Torchwood: Broken uncovers the origins of Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) and Ianto Jones’ (Gareth David-Lloyd) relationship, in a revealing new story by television series writer Joseph Lidster. Listen to the trailer below:

Whenever Ianto Jones has a tough day at work, he has somewhere he can hide. And, for Ianto Jones, it’s always a tough day at work.

His girlfriend is dead, his colleagues don’t trust him, and his boss… his boss is something else. With no friends in the world, and his life in danger every day, is it any wonder that at night, Ianto Jones goes to the pub?

Ianto’s local becomes somewhere where he feels safe. Safe from his demons, safe from his life, safe from Torchwood. Until one evening, Captain Jack Harkness walks into a bar….

Starring John Barrowman, Gareth David-Lloyd, Melanie Walters, Eiry Thomas and Ross Ford, Torchwood: Broken is available to buy and download today. With the title not available on general release until September 30th 2016, order now to ensure you are one of the first to listen! Enjoy on the go with the official Big Finish Player app, now available on iOS devices.

You can subscribe to Torchwood Series 2 at an additional saving, with CD subscriptions unlocking complementary digital downloads, available as soon as a title is released. Series 1 is also available in a single money-saving bundle.

Captain Jack and Ianto will return in November in Torchwood: Outbreak, a three-part full-cast box-set, available to pre-order now. The new release also features Eve Myles as Gwen Cooper, who returns in August’s Torchwood: Made You Look.



SUZIE COSTELLO Will Return in Big Finish’s Torchwood!

This summer, the hunt is on – and Indira Varma is ready!

Announced live on stage at Gallifrey One 27 by Big Finish Executive Producer Jason Haigh-Ellery, the fourth episode of Big Finish’s second series of Torchwood audios will see the return of Torchwood’s troubled Suzie Costello – once again played by Indira Varma (Luther, Silk, Game of Thrones).

‘We still can’t believe Indira said yes – but she did, and she’s been utterly delightful,’ enthuses producer James Goss. ‘We were dying to bring back Suzie as soon as we started – she’s such an interesting character, and giving her a solo adventure provides us with a chance to explore what makes her tick. Amazingly, this is a story where she’s the hero. Or the nearest thing to it.’

Introduced in Torchwood’s opening episode Everything Changes, Suzie was Jack Harkness’ original deputy in Torchwood Three – until her true nature was revealed.

Suzie returns in Torchwood: Moving Target by Guy Adams. Set a year before her death, the story explores her bleak outlook on life – while pitting her against hunters from beyond the stars.

One morning, Cardiff just stops. The rain hangs in the sky, the traffic doesn’t move on its streets, the people are frozen like photographs.

Alien eyes have set their sights on our world and won’t leave until they’ve blood on their hands.

The Hub is in lockdown, only one member of the team free to move.

It’s time for Suzie Costello to save the world.

Also appearing in the story are Naomi McDonald as Alex and Nicholas Burns as the Referee.

Suzie’s return will come a month after Tom Price takes on a starring role in Torchwood: Ghost Mission once again portraying Sergeant Andy.

‘We brought Tom back for a little cameo in Series 1, and just couldn’t resist the chance to bring him back properly,’ says James. ‘Tom Price is lovely, and threw himself into an adventure all of his own. He made an instant double act with Samuel Barnett, playing the enigmatic Norton Folgate, a Torchwood agent with his own agenda.’

You can pre-order both titles today, or subscribe to the whole of Series 2 at the special introductory rate of £45 on CD and £40 to download (this price being held through to March 31st 2016). Other Series 2 titles include Torchwood: The Victorian Age starring John Barrowman and Rowena Cooper and Torchwood: Zone 10 starring Naoko Mori. Two further titles will be announced at a later date.

Torchwood Series 1 is still available to order now – with a bundle of all six titles now available to order at an additional saving against buying individually. And remember, when you choose to buy this release on CD directly from Big Finish, you will also unlock instant access to a digital copy for download.

Preview: TORCHWOOD – One Rule

Big Finish is delighted to announce the return of Tracy-Ann Oberman as Yvonne Hartman in Torchwood: One Rule, the fourth release in its new series of Torchwood Audio Plays.

Tracy-Ann first appeared as Yvonne in the 2006 Doctor Who episode Army of Ghosts written by Torchwood creator Russell T Davies. The ruthless head of London’s Torchwood One, her universe-threatening schemes placed her at odds with the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant).

Yvonne perished in a city wide battle, but this new release takes place in Cardiff a year before her death on a secret mission involving a mysterious alien conspiracy. She’s brought her dress sense and her marvellous people skills… and she’s no idea what she’s in for.

‘When we presented the idea of using Yvonne,’ says producer James Goss, ‘Matt Nicholls at BBC Worldwide came up with a brilliant caveat – he suggested we could have Yvonne, but not the all-powerful Queen Bee of Canary Wharf. Instead he wanted her to come thoroughly unstuck in Cardiff.’

Torchwood: One Rule has been written by prolific author Joseph Lidster – whose previous credits include the second series Torchwood episode A Day in the Death.

‘Torchwood was my first piece of writing for television and it remains my favourite series.’ says Joseph, ‘Not just the television episodes but the books, audiobooks, radio plays, all of it. I’d have been gutted not to have been involved in some way – I’d have happily gone into the studio and made the tea!

‘James Goss gave me a choice of available characters but it was Yvonne who leapt out at me. She’s one of my favourite characters to have appeared in Doctor Who – she has questionable beliefs but she genuinely thinks she’s doing the best thing for her country. She’s also incredibly funny and brilliantly performed by the magnificent Tracy-Ann Oberman.’

Torchwood: One Rule will be released in December from the Big Finish website.

The first title, Torchwood: The Conspiracy starring John Barrowman, is available buy today, exclusive to the Big Finish website. The series will continue with Torchwood: Fall to Earth in October, starring Gareth David-Lloyd as Ianto Jones.

Series 1 and Series 2 are both available to subscribe to today, with Series 1 keeping its special introductory price of £45 on CD and £40 to download until the end of September.