Dec. 12, 2012 | 12:33 p.m.

‘Arrow’: John Barrowman talks archery, ‘Doctor Who’ anniversary

Fans of “Doctor Who” and “Torchwood” know actor John Barrowman as the ever-cheery Capt. Jack Harkness. But for his latest role, as Malcolm Merlyn on the hit CW series “Arrow,” Barrowman is putting his famous smile to more sinister use, playing the wealthy head of the mysterious Tempest group. Of course, in “Green Arrow” comic book mythology, Malcolm Merlyn becomes archvillain Merlyn, a whiz with the bow and arrow himself. Barrowman unequivocally declined to reveal whether his character will one day evolve into that famous foe, but in an interview with Hero Complex, he did discuss what’s in store for Wednesday night’s midseason finale of the show, his own archery skills and how he might commemorate the upcoming 50th anniversary of “Doctor Who.” HC: What can we expect from “Arrow’s” midseason finale? JB: You can expect a lot of twists […]
July 22, 2011 | 3:18 p.m.

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

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 […]
July 24, 2008 | 11:00 p.m.

Comic-Con: ‘Torchwood’s’ John Barrowman breaks into song

John Barrowman is clearly comfortable in front of a crowd. The star of the British sci-fi series “Torchwood” went to school in San Diego and, back in town with a sizable contingent of his family, the actor bellowed, stood on his seat, sang and playfully groped his fellow cast members during a panel in Ballroom 20 on Thursday at Comic-Con. “I thought I told you to never turn my mike off,” he told the tech crew when they muted his microphone during a transitional moment. Barrowman was asked by a fan during a question-and-answer session whether he would consider “rocking the blond hair” and donning the star-spangled superhero Captain America. Barrowman was emphatic that he would like to do just that if Marvel Studios calls. “He’s one of my favorite superheroes. … My dad is probably sending the studio an […]
July 24, 2008 | 3:55 p.m.

‘Dr. Who’ and ‘Torchwood’ fans will be sad

The printed schedule for Comic-Con International here in San Diego will tell you that Russell T. Davies, the Welsh writer and producer behind "Dr. Who" and "Torchwood" will be on a panel today, but I spoke with the BBC contingent last night and Davies never got on the plane in Cardiff. "He’s working on ‘Torchwood,’ he just couldn’t get leave at this time," one member of the BBC team told me. "We know people are going to be disappointed." That’s absolutely the case, but the panel, which I’m moderating at noon in Ballroom 20, will still have some star power with John Barrowmen (on the left in the photo), Gareth David-Lloyd and others. And, if Davies has his own TARDIS, maybe he’ll show up and surprise us all. — Geoff Boucher Photo of John Barrowman, left, with guest star James […]
July 18, 2008 | 9:43 p.m.

‘Dr. Who,’ ‘Torchwood’ and the BBC at Comic-Con

I’m excited to be moderating several Comic-Con panels this year for the first time and by "excited," of course, I mean "paralyzed with fear." Here’s the press release about three of them, all for the BBC, which is coming to Comic-Con in a big way with "Torchwood," "Dr. Who," "Spaced" and their new show, "Primeval": The BBC is coming to Comic-Con 2008 with its first ever BBC AMERICA booth plus an army of creators and stars from international hit series Doctor Who, Torchwood, Primeval and Spaced. The booth on the exhibition floor will promote BBC Video, associated merchandise as well as BBC AMERICA’s Supernatural Saturdays, home of Doctor Who, Torchwood and Primeval. Thursday, July 24 kicks things off with a panel featuring Britain’s most successful sci-fi franchise. The Doctor Who panel includes the BAFTA winning executive producer and lead writer […]
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