You know a group of fans have connected to a character when years after a show has ended, there is a still a memorial shrine to them outside a filming location. This character was Ianto Jones, the long term companion of Captain Jack Harkness on the Russel T. Davies Doctor Who spinoff, Torchwood. Well, fans rejoice because we’ve got another chance to spend time with our beloved Ianto.
Big Finish Audio, who also recently announced a River Song standalone audio program, has announced actor Gareth David-Lloyd will be reprising his role of Ianto Jones on a new series of Torchwood audio books.
According to producer James Gross
“Well, how could we not? Ianto’s such a brilliant character, and if we kept people on tenterhooks any longer, we’d be fools. Of course he’s in it and as soon as possible. We recorded with him literally the first day after he finished a theatre tour. Did he want to put his feet up? Nope. He wanted to be Ianto.”
Ianto made his final appearance on Torchwood: Children of Earth in 2009. Gareth returns in Torchwood: Fall to Earth.
Director Scott Hancock is also delighted to see Ianto back
“Seeing Gareth in studio was an absolute delight. He clearly loves the part and had a great time. And can’t wait to be back.”
Fall to Earth will be released in early October 2015. Four more Torchwood releases are expected going into 2016. According to James Gross, the process of recording is going much smoother than expected:
“There was originally going to be a gap after the first release, but we soon realised that everyone we spoke to was being so helpful, we’d be in studio a lot earlier. Actors, writers, agents, BBC Worldwide have all been amazing – ‘Well, since it’s Torchwood‘ everyone kept saying. So it’s coming out early. Since it’s Torchwood.”
You can preorder Torchwood: Fall to Earth here.