Barrowman says Torchwood is on hold

Torchwood star Jon Barrowman confirms that the popular series is effectively on hold.

“If there’s a pause button, we’ve pushed the pause button now because we don’t know what’s happening,”  Barrowman told RTE in an interview about his career and plans for the future.

“[Of course] I would love to do a new series and I will play Captain Jack as long as they want me to play Captain Jack, but it’s in limbo at the moment and beyond my control.” 

He went on to say that he’d even like to do a Torchwood film, but perhaps not a film for Doctor Who – the show that Torchwood is spun off from.

“I think that Torchwood, more so than Doctor Who, lends itself to being a big film because it’s more adult. 

“Now if it was Doctor Who with David [Tennant] playing the Doctor – I’m going to get in trouble for saying this – I’d happily do a film with him.”

Barrowman, who plays Captain Jack Harkness in Torchwood, is the host of Tonight’s the Night – a UK game show, and was, for a short time, a character on Desperate Housewives, which is where most American audiences knew him prior to the fourth season of Torchwood, which was produced by a cooperation of the BBC and Starz, and was thus shown on premium cable in the US.

The third and fourth seasons of Torchwood, which began as a monster-a-week paranormal/extraterrestrial investigation show in the UK, were a bit irregular, each with a separate title, and a solid season spanning plot arc. The fourth season, Miracle Day, aired this summer on Starz and met with a generally positive response, but as Barrowman suggests, no plans have yet been made for a fifth series.

The entire interview with Barrowman, which also covers questions about his personal life and other aspects of his acting and singing career, can be read here.