Torchwood, the Doctor Who spin-off that found an elite team of alien hunters taking the fight to Wales (and that’s the simple version) has headed to the strangest place of all for their fourth season: the good ol’ USA. To find out more about the move, and what’s coming up with Starz new iteration of the series, we chatted with series stars John Barrowman (Captain Jack Harkness), Eve Myles (Gwen Cooper), Bill Pullman (Oswald Danes), Alexa Havins (Esther Drummond), Mekhi Phifer (Rex Matheson), and writer/producer Jane Espenson at San Diego Comic-Con 2011.
First up was Captain Jack himself, who chatted with the affable Richard Starkings about whether Barrowman felt – with the expanded ensemble – that Harkness was no longer at the center of the show. Worry not, fans, the immortal (or IS he? BUM BUM BUM) Jack is still very much the fulcrum that everything revolves around.
Eve Myles, who plays the kick-butt Mom-with-a-grenade-launcher Gwen Cooper on the show, talked about… Being a kick butt Mom on the show. According to Myles, though, Cooper will have to make some, “crazy decisions this year, and some sacrifices – because no one else is gonna do it.” But imagine that with a charming Welsh accent. Hey, you don’t have to actually, here’s the video!
Then of course, there’s Bill Pullman. The actor is well known for playing nice guys who finish last in his movies, but for Torchwood: Miracle Day he’s playing child murderer/rapist Oswald Danes… Who may or may not hold the key to all the weirdness going on in the series. For Pullman, though, these sorts of dangerous parts draw him in as an actor – and it’s the after-effect of his deeds, which are dealt with in the series, that keep him interested.
Another new addition to the cast, Alexa Havins plays naïve, nerdy Esther Drummond, who she considers the audience’s proxy. We consider her that, too, though, so it’s okay. For the rest of the season though – according to Havins – Drummond will be falling further and further down the rabbit hole that is Torchwood. That said, she’s the “new” Gwen Cooper; and for Havins, that’s a big responsibility.
Mekhi Phifer – well known for being an Eminem lyric, as well as a good actor – also joined the Torchwood cast as rogue CIA agent Rex Matheson. And if you’ve seen the first three episodes, you know that the former CIA Director isn’t totally happy with Jack Harkness being in charge. So will Matheson take over Torchwood? You’ll just have to watch this video to find out.
Then there’s Jane Espenson – and if you’ve ever seen a geek TV show, Espenson has written for it. Known for being whip-smart, and deeply into nuanced complex characters, Espenson makes a perfect addition to the Torchwood team… At least on the creative end of things. We don’t know how she’d handle a gun. And if you’re wondering what she’s up to in her off hours, it’s the new web series Husbands, which we snagged some new info on, too.
Torchwood: Miracle Day is currently running on Starz, Friday nights at 10PM.