Torchwood: Children Of Earth’s five-day stint on BBC1 has attracted high ratings, with the broadcaster reporting that Monday’s viewing figures for episode one have hit the 5.9 million mark. In comparison, series two racked up numbers ranging between 2.5 and 4.2 million, which marks a promising development for the Doctor Who spin off.
In contrast to this news, star John Barrowman, aka Captain Jack Harness, made it clear that he was not happy with this series being reduced to five episodes. Speaking to The Radio Times, he described the feeling that the production was “being punished”. He then went on to say: “Other shows move from BBC Three and Two to One and they don’t get cut. So why are we? It felt like every time we moved we had to prove ourselves.”
This condensed third series for the show sees Harkness and co battling to save the human race from a deadly force. As well as Barrowman, Eve Myles and Gareth David-Lloyd return and reprise their roles as Gwen Cooper and Ianto Jones, respectively.To celebrate the DVD/Blu-ray release of Children Of Earth, John Barrowman, Eve Myles and Gareth David-Lloyd will be taking part in two signing sessions on Friday 17 July. The first, at HMV’s flagship store on Oxford Street in London’s West End will take place between 12.30 – 2pm. Following this, the second will be at HMV Cardiff, 53-57 Queens Street, Cardiff between 5 -6pm
Day one of Children Of Earth premiered on Monday and will continue each evening up until Friday. For more information on Torchwood, please see our exclusive interviews in the next issue of SciFiNow, on sale 5 August 2009.