Speaking out this weekend, John Barrowman (shakes fist) started trying to let the fans of Torchwood down gently and prepare them for the fact that a fifth season might not be forthcoming. Speaking to RTE Ten about a possible future for the show after Miracle Day, he said
“It’s in limbo at the moment and beyond my control.”
In an ideal world, it would’ve been nice to actually have the plans for a fifth season set in stone before Rusty left us hanging regarding certain plot elements. However, clearly either someone (ie Rusty) is lying to get publicity and the plans have already been given the go-ahead (this wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest) or – and I appreciate that this is out there – John Barrowman has no say in whether the show gets commissioned or not. (One thing’s for sure: if the next season consists entirely of episodes like episode ten, The Blood Line, then I’m all for it!)
He didn’t seem to be completely down on the show, however – in the same interview he stated that
“I would love to do a new series and I will play Captain Jack as long as they want me to play Captain Jack.”
That’s good, it means that if the show doesn’t come back it won’t be due to problems with its star. Although it does raise the question: when would they stop wanting him to play Captain Jack? He can only be an unchanging character for so long if the basic format remains the same, so it follows that if it proves to be a long runner then Jack’s last story will come sooner rather than later. It could even happen in the feature film that he suggested at the same time. That actually sounds good – one last great adventure, with death awaiting him!