Doctor Who Spinoff to Air in 2006

John Barrowman will return to the world of Doctor Who in a brand new 13-part 45-minute episode spin-off series created by Russell T. Davies called Torchwood.

The series will focus on a renegade group of investigators, lead by Barrowman’s Captain Jack Harkness, who are charged by the British government to find alien technology that has fallen to Earth, without letting the UN or FBI know about it. It will debut on BBC3 (the same digital station that shows Doctor Who Confidential) in the summer of 2006. Eagle-eyed viewers may have noticed that there is a reference to the Torchwood Institute in Bad Wolf as Rose plays the Weakest Link.

The show has been described by the Independent newspaper as being an _adult version of Doctor Who_, and will be both _sexy and funny_. The show will likely feature swearing and sex, according to BBC3 Controller Stuart Murphy, but will be shown at a much later time-slot than Doctor Who to reflect the more adult style of the show.

Like the new series of Doctor Who, Torchwood will be shot (and unlike the new series set) in Cardiff.

The same team producing Doctor Who, Russell T. Davies and Julie Gardner, will produce this series. Davies has already recruited writers for the series including P.J. Hammond, the creator and main writer of the classic sci-fi series Sapphire and Steel.

Torchwood (which is an anagram of Doctor Who) becomes just the second television Doctor Who spin-off ever made. It will air in mid-to-late 2006.

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