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John Barrowman has insisted that the new American production of Torchwood, which sees his character Captain Jack Harkness come over from Wales to save the world, will not be sanitised or toned down when it comes to matters of gay sex.
As we all know, Captain Jack is a very easily aroused bisexual rogue, and this is partly why we love him. The show’s producers know this, and are eager to fend off accusations of sanitising the show for a more sensitive American family audience.
He told Entertainment Weekly: “I knew they would be true to the show and not change it drastically. If it was watered down, I wouldn’t have done it. For those people who are staunch fans, it’s going to have the heart and soul of Torchwood which we’ve always had, plus the energy and excitement of a show that’s bigger and better.”
And as for the idea that Captain Jack would have to tone down his rampant side for a US audience, pshaw! It ain’t happening.
John explained: “He gets to have full-on boy-sex a couple of times [in the series]. On those days going to work I’d wake up and Scott my partner would say, ‘what are you filming today?’ And I’d say, ‘oh, it’s going to be a tough day, I get to have sex with a 24-year old.”
The show’s executive producer, one Russell T Davies, also said that he believes American television to be in a more gay-friendly place right now than the UK: “The portrayal of gay, bisexual and lesbian characters is currently way ahead of Britain. The kids on Glee, the beauty and detail of that couple in Modern Family.
“We’ve got nothing like that. Even a nice Republican sitcom like S** My Dad Says, a show I quite liked, was stacked with intelligent gay-friendly stories, and that’s in a corner where you’d never expect to find them. Of course, it’s all the gay men and women sat on the writing teams pushing their stories forward, and I think that’s wonderful.”
Just in case you’ve forgotten it already, here’s that trailer for Torchwood: Miracle Day again.
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Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.
He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.
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