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July 22, 2011

Comic-Con 2011: ‘Torchwood: Miracle Day’ promises dark days ahead

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Eve Myles plays Gwen Cooper, John Barrowman plays Capt. Jack on "Torchwood: Miracle Day." (Scott Appel/Starz )

At the “Torchwood: Miracle Day” panel held Friday at Comic-Con, death from laughter was a definite possibility — even though Capt. Jack (and dozens of folks dressed like him) were in the room.

From bouts of singing to sexual innuendos, the cast (mostly Barrowman) had the full room chuckling heartily.

Not the sort of thing we usually see on the sci-fi series, created by Russell T. Davies. In the fourth installment of the “Doctor Who” spinoff, which premiered earlier this month on Starz, no one on Earth is dying and it’s up to immortal, time-traveling Capt. Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) and company to figure out why.

After “Torchwood: Children of Earth” ended its run on BBC America, Barrowman was pleased when he heard “Miracle Day” was a go — on a different channel.  “I thought they’d be stupid not to bring it back,” Barrowman said. “Thank goodness for Starz … here we are.”

Eve Myles, who stars as Gwen Cooper, was also pleased with the comeback … mostly because, well, she likes her leather goods.

“It’s quite easy to slip back into Cooper’s leathers,” she said. “In fact, it’s quite difficult to get me out of them.”

Here’s some tidbits from the panel, which also featured new headliners Bill Pullman (Oswald Danes), Mekhi Phifer (Rex Matheson), Alexa Havins (Ester Drummand), and writer Jane Espenson. (Note: We apologize for failing to get video of Barrowman singing “Tomorrow” from “Annie.”)

–For fans wondering if Jack will move on from Ianto, it’s questionable. But Barrowman did hint that Jack would be having another “involvement” in Episode 7 that will dig deep into the Gwen and Jack dynamic. “That episode was a gift,” Barrowman said. Fans are “going to love that episode.”

–And things on the show are about to get dark, Espenson said. “If you are feeling hungry for dark chocolate, and you’ve been getting milk chocolate, wait for Episode 5,” she said.

–It’s the question every “Doctor Who” and “Torchwood” enthusiast wants answered: Will Capt. Jack make an appearance in the “Doctor Who” 50th anniversary special coming up in 2013? “I would love to,” Barrowman said. “I would be disappointed if he didn’t appear in it … I’m totally up for it.”

– Wondering what happened to Capt. Jack at the end of “Children of Earth”? Keep wondering.  You won’t get an answer in “Miracle Day.” But anything is possible in the future.  “Make up what you want,” Barrowman said. “I just think Jack had a great time with Alonso.”

–Barrowman apparently roamed the convention floor on Thursday and spent about $2,000 on T-shirts, action figures and other knick-knacks. “I’m a nerd at heart,” he said.

–Of the newbies on the show, Pullman and Phifer were the two who were unfamiliar with the previous installments. But Phifer doesn’t want fans to hold it against him: “Even though I’m from Harlem, I am a big nerd too.”

–When Havins shared that she lures her husband into doing the dishes in exchange for teasers about upcoming episodes, Barrowman quipped: “If you only get dishes out of it, you might need to talk to me.”

–Barrowman says there are a closet full of Capt. Jack’s signature jackets. They’re all labeled. “One’s a hero coat—only used in hero shots. There’s a running one—it flows a little better. There’s others that we’re allowed to destroy.”

–Not one to shy away from teasing his co-star, Barrowman said of Myle’s American accent: “She sounds a bit ‘Jersey Shore.’”

–Phifer hinted that his character would find romance: “You will see some butt cheeks and things like that.”

–As for the transition to filming in Los Angeles, Wyles seems to have adjusted: She proclaims In N’ Out “rocks her world” and spoils her dog with blueberry facials.

– Yvonne Villarreal

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–Yvonne Villarreal

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