Captain Jack Harkness has arrived in Cardiff to be your mostly sober ambassador—and prevent aliens from drinking too much.We now have solid scientific evidence that people are completely unable to determine how soused they are when drinking with a group.A team of social scientists recently completed a study of bar and club hoppers in Cardiff, Wales and discovered that most had incredibly inaccurate notions of their drunkenness and the dangers of drinking.In a BMC Public Health paper, the researchers write that they wanted to know "how people judge their drunkenness and the health consequences of their drinking whilst they are intoxicated in social drinking environments."These neighborhoods had, as the researchers put it, "a high density of premises licensed for the on-site sale and consumption of alcohol."To get a broad sample of bar hoppers, researchers would approach every seventh person they saw and ask them to participate in the survey.
Weird old Doctor Who spinoff Torchwood is coming back for a sixth series, don't you know, only it's not going to have quite the same impact as the return of his most famous chum the Doctor; it's an audio production distributed on CD, as was the fifth series of the adventure serial.Still, it's more Torchwood for the type of people that like Torchwood, and some of the people that used to be in Torchwood are still in this Torchwood, with John Barrowman, star of stage and screen and, latterly, mostly just pantomime and adverts, agreeing to do the voice once more.Produced by Big Finish, series six of Torchwood consists of four audio play episodes, with the collection of stories given the title God Among Us and apparently pitching old Captain Jack Harkness against some sort of god.It's probably just an alien, though.The first one should be ready for release in October, and the plan is to gradually publish new episodes into 2019, as Torchwood fans can't take too much excitement at once.[Big Finish via Digital Spy]
However, until the most recent series starring Jodie Whittaker and her trio of predominantly Yorkshire-hailing companions, the programme has never felt particularly, well, Northern.But sod feelings, can data prove that the series that ended on New Year’s Day with the Thirteenth Doctor once again defeating the Daleks was the most Northern?Yes, I wrote “series” not "season" because when a programme has been running as long as Doctor Who has (56 years and counting) there needs to be a way of concisely differentiating between things.With the show’s setting changing every week, our perception of its regional identity is shaped in large part by its actors’ backgrounds and that seems a decent proxy for determining its relative Northern-ness.This was a straightforward task for most of the actors who have appeared in the series – nobody disputes that Peter Capaldi is Scottish or Billie Piper is a born and bred southerner – but some were born in one region and raised in another, so where it is debatable, I have made a completely arbitrary ruling.For this reason, Glasgow-born and Illinois-raised John Barrowman, who appeared throughout the first five years of New Who as Captain Jack Harkness, is treated as a Scot.
Russell T Davies’ new drama series Years and Years is based on an idea the writer has had for decades.He’d always imagined it to be its own project, but when trying to find an ending to Torchwood’s third season, the miniseries Children of Earth, there was a brief moment when his long-gestating idea almost became a grim reality for Captain Jack and friends.Years and Years—currently airing on the BBC and set to air on HBO later this month—follows a 15-year period of tumultuous social upheaval and change in a fictionalised, uncomfortably-near-future Britain, told through the story of a single family in Manchester as they get caught up in the country’s descent into a nightmarish dystopian police state.From the election of an inexperienced populist to power, to a descent into chaos cracking down on civil liberties, it’s all alarmingly of the current moment—but it almost wasn’t, and instead took on a more sci-fi vibe when Davies almost used it as the climax of 2009's Torchwood: Children of Earth.The third season of Torchwood revolves around the arrival of a species called the 456 on Earth, who offer a grim choice: either 10 per cent of the world’s children will be handed over to them, or the entire human race will be exterminated.When the world’s governments make the decision to acquiesce to the 456's demands, there’s grim scenes of soldiers dragging children away from their homes to be part of the exchange, and a momentary descent into totalitarian chaos as team Torchwood races against time to defy the 456.
An audio play based on John Barrowman’s Doctor Who and Torchwood character has been axed by production company Big Finish.Barrowman and former co-star David Tennant both lent their voices to the new story Torchwood: Absent Friends, which would have seen Captain Jack Harkness reuniting with the Time Lord.However, following allegations that Barrowman repeatedly exposed himself on the set of the BBC sci-fi show, Big Finish has said they will no longer be releasing the audio story.In a statement, they said they “have no plans to publish this title at this time”.Earlier this week, it was announced that Barrowman had also been removed from an interactive Doctor Who experience.The FAQs section on the website for the Doctor Who: Time Fracture event, which is due to begin in London on 26 May, includeD the question: “What’s happening with Captain Jack Harkness and Torchwood in the show?”A statement then explained: “Immersive Everywhere have taken the decision to remove this pre-record from Doctor Who: Time Fracture.“We will continue to include content that pays tribute to this brilliant show that is Torchwood so as not to disappoint its fans, and are working on an exciting storyline to be announced soon.”Last week, The Guardian published allegations from two women that the actor exposed himself “on a regular basis” behind the scenes during the shows’ earlier years.Numerous witnesses described the incidents to the newspaper as “inappropriate pranks” and he has since apologised for “tomfoolery” on set. In a statement, Barrowman said: “With the benefit of hindsight, I understand that upset may have been caused by my exuberant behaviour and I have apologised for this previously. Since my apology in November 2008, my understanding and behaviour have also changed.”His first apology came in November 2008 after he pulled down his trousers during an interview with BBC Radio 1.“I apologise for any offence I have caused. I was joining in the light-hearted and fun banter of the show, and went too far,” he said at the time.Julie Gardner, an executive producer on Doctor Who and Torchwood, also confirmed to The Guardian that she had received a complaint about his behaviour on set “around 2008”.“I met with John and reprimanded him [to] make it clear to both John and his agent that behaviour of this kind would not be tolerated,” Gardner said, adding that she also spoke to the show’s other executive producers and the head of BBC drama commissioning.“To my knowledge, John’s inappropriate behaviour stopped thereafter,” she added.John played Captain in Doctor Who and Torchwood between 2005 and 2011.Last year, he reprised the role in an episode of Doctor Who, in which he attempts to make contact with Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor.He later appeared in the New Year’s Day special at the beginning of this year.READ MORE:John Barrowman Apologises For ‘Tomfoolery’ On Doctor Who Set Following Claims He Exposed HimselfJohn Barrowman Removed From Interactive Doctor Who Show Following AllegationsNoel Clarke Suspended By Bafta After Misconduct Allegations