BBC News reports that the actor-singer will star in a spin-off of the acclaimed "Doctor Who" television series entitled "Torchwood" (an anagram of Doctor Who). Set in Cardiff, the 13-part science fiction drama will feature Barrowman as Captain Jack, a role he played in the recent "Who" series. Russell T. Davies will write and co-produce the 13-part drama, which, according to BBC News, concerns "investigators solving human and alien crime."
About his upcoming program, Barrowman said, "It's going to be a dark, wild and sexy roller-coaster ride. . . I can't wait to explore Captain Jack even more." Filming for the new series is set to begin in early 2006; BBC Three will air the series in the fall of next year.
John Barrowman recently reprised his role as Billy Crocker in the National Theatre's production of Anything Goes at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. He originally played the role opposite Elaine Paige in 1989. On Broadway, the actor starred in the Stephen Sondheim revue Putting It Together and also made a guest appearance in the New York company of Sunset Boulevard, repeating his London role as Joe Gillis. Barrowman's other London theatrical credits include Grease!, The Phantom of the Opera, The Fix, Miss Saigon and Beauty and the Beast. He will make his London pantomime debut in a production of Cinderella this December and will be seen in the upcoming film of "The Producers."