Twelve years after his first appearance, the totally amoral Captain John Hart gets his own Torchwood spin-off series with The Sins of Captain John!
On January 16, 2008, the second series of the popular Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood began. Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (written by Who’s current showrunner Chris Chibnall) got off to a brilliant start. Not only was it a lot of fun, it also gave us one of the best original Torchwood characters: Captain John Hart.
Captain John was wonderfully played by James Marsters and was in many ways similar to Captain Jack. He enjoyed an exciting lifestyle, he definitely enjoyed practically everyone and everything (including poodles) and the two even had a common history.
But there was a clear difference: John didn’t have a bit of morality. He didn’t want to betray or kill anyone – including Jack. He makes Jack look oppressed in comparison. This not only makes him a great opponent for Torchwood, but also a fantastic character in his own right.
For this reason, thanks to Big Finish Productions, he finally has his own series – exactly twelve years after the original introduction of the figure.
Captain John’s sins
Already announced in December 2018, Torchwood: The Sins of Captain John will play the leading roles of James Marsters and John Barrowman and will play shortly before the original series. It also contains something fans will know very well: the gauntlets of the resurrection …
Rogue Time Agent Captain John Hart is on a mission. He searches space and time in search of the resurrection gauntlets that have the power to bring the dead back to life. Only they are broken and their creator is in an impossible prison and he is not the only one looking for the gauntlets.
And John wasn’t exactly wondering why his employers want them, which could be a problem.
Not surprisingly, James Marsters is really happy to be back in this fantastic role.
I missed playing Torchwood so much. Aside from being proud to play a role, the character itself is a lot of fun, and those few TV episodes just weren’t enough.
I try to be a nice person in real life. The trick for me is not telling you what I really think. I think that’s true of most people who try to be nice. We don’t add our inner monologue to everyone. The great thing about playing Captain John is that he doesn’t care. He only tells you what he thinks. Combine this part of me with really good writing and really fun dialogues and you get someone you want to spend time with.
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David Llewellyn wrote all four episodes of this box set, which I am very happy about. He has written many great Torchwood stories, including The Death of Captain Jack, who brought Captain John back brilliantly. Incredibly dark, but incredibly funny. Captain Jack’s death perfectly suited Captain John. I’m excited to see what happens when John has his own series.
Not surprisingly, Llewellyn is really happy that he has to write for that particular character again.
Captain John is this chaotic, destructive, insurmountable force of nature, totally amoral and unpredictable, so it gave me a lot of freedom! When writing, you often have to know when to hold back or take a more subtle line, but with Captain John it’s the opposite. The stories also take place before Captain Jack meets the doctor and joins Torchwood so that these characters can really go anywhere and do anything.
The producer James Goss lets us know exactly what to expect when someone is in love like Captain John Hart.
Torchwood: Captain John’s sins are a very adult trans-temporal farce that violates the fourth wall, which includes treason, undead, and murder. Captain John Hart appears to be very aware that he is playing in a Big Finish radio play and complicates the listener to his horrific crimes while doing everything necessary to survive.
Torchwood: Captain John’s Sins is now available on CD and can be downloaded directly from the Big Finish website.
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