It won’t be long until Torchwood is back on our screens as this July will see the BBC and Starz teaming up for a transatlantic fourth season, an extended story arc they’re calling Miracle Day. The characters could, however, be reappearing even sooner than that, just not on our TV screens…
In this week’s edition of The Radio Drama Newsletter from the BBC, and beneath their round up of this week’s broadcasts both radiophonic and dramatic, is a little bulletin headed “In Production”.
A new three-part series of Torchwood is in production in LA next week featuring TV cast members and will be heard later in the summer.
It makes sense for them to record in LA, where the TV series is also being produced. Everybody involved will already be there.
And might that include – SPOILERS AHEAD, YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED – none other than Gareth David-Lloyd.
David-Lloyd played Ianto Jones, a character we lost, quite dramatically, in the last season. Just my alluding to his demise probably brought a tear to the eyes of some diehards.
It’s hard to think they’d bring him back to life, when his poignant death was so hard earned, but spin-offs like these Radio Plays will often fall out of chronology.”Lost stories of Torchwood” and all.
Some evidence that David-Lloyd might be part of these productions comes from the official Facebook Page of his band, Blue Gillespie. There’s a recent update there that reads:
Unfortunately we have had to pull out of the next round of Live and Unsigned, due to be held in London on 15 May.
Gareth has got to go to America for a couple of weeks and the trip unfortunately falls over the time of the gig.
Which is when the radio episodes will be recorded. Ding!
And, of course, the TV show will also be filming – so could Ianto even be due for some kind of on-screen resurrection, if only by flashback?
Perhaps Jane Espenson, one of the show’s senior writers, gave the game away by tweeting:
Oh! I just got some very good casting news. I’ll share when I can.
Hmmm. Maybe. I’m not really convinced, but I’m open to persuasion.
That’s enough Torchwood surprises for one evening. I’m going to bed.