‘Torchwood’ sexuality ‘will not be toned down for US’ says star Barrowman

Actor promises his character 'gets to have full-on boy-sex'

Torchwood star John Barrowman has insisted his character’s sexuality will not be toned down in the forthcoming series.

The forthcoming new series of the adult Doctor Who spin-off, subtitled Miracle Day is a co-production between the BBC and US network Starz and is set and filmed in America. The move had led some fans to worry that Barrowman‘s bisexual action hero Captain Jack Harkness would be neutered for a US audience.

But Barrowman has now told fans that nothing has changed, and he has “full-on boy-sex” a number of times in the series.

He told Entertainment Weekly: “I knew they would be true to the show and not change it drastically. If it was watered down, I wouldn’t have done it. For those people who are staunch fans, it’s going to have the heart and soul of Torchwood which we’ve always had, plus the energy and excitement of a show that’s bigger and better.”


Barrowman continued: “[Jack] gets to have full-on boy-sex a couple of times. On those days going to work I’d wake up and Scott my partner would say, ‘what are you filming today?’ And I’d say, ‘oh, it’s going to be a tough day, I get to have sex with a 24-year old.”

Meanwhile, the show’s executive producer Russell T Davies claimed that US television is more progressive than the UK when it comes to gay issues. He said: “The portrayal of gay, bisexual and lesbian characters is currently way ahead of Britain. The kids on Glee, the beauty and detail of that couple of Modern Family.

“We’ve got nothing like that. Even a nice Republican sitcom like Shit My Dad Says, a show I quite liked, was stacked with intelligent gay-friendly stories, and that’s in a corner where you’d never expect to find them. Of course, it’s all the gay men and women sat on the writing teams pushing their stories forward, and I think that’s wonderful.”

Torchwood: Miracle Day premieres next month. You can watch the full-length trailer by clicking below.