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article imageTorchwood Series 4: New characters revealed

By Mathew Wace Peck     Jul 15, 2010 in Entertainment
Three new characters have been revealed for the fourth season of Torchwood, the Doctor Who spin-off, which is due to go into production shortly.
Digital Spy reports that three new regular characters – Rex Matheson, Esther Katusi and Oswald Jones – will be appearing in the fourth series of the science-fiction drama, which will be a co-production between BBC America, BBC Cymru and Starz.
According to the piece, Matheson is "a CIA agent born to make waves with a wicked sense of humour" who will join as a regular of the Torchwood team in the 10-part series.
Meanwhile, Katusi is "a young CIA agent who learns what she’s really made of only when she’s forced to", while Jones is a convicted murderer and paedophile. Both roles are said to be recurring characters that are "key to the new season".
Torchwood was originally created by Russell T Davies in 2006 as a spin-off of Doctor Who, while he was executive producer and head writer of the show. As most members of the original team were killed off during Torchwood's first three series, fans of the show had been waiting to hear who else would be joining for the fourth.
In June, it was confirmed that John Barrowman and Eve Myles would be returning to their respective roles of Captain Jack Harness and Gwen Cooper, and, in January, Barrowman hinted that Russell Tovey (Being Human) could reprise his role as Alonso Frame:
What I'd love, what I think would be great, is if Midshipman Frame became Jack's companion in Torchwood. He's the perfect companion for Jack.
It'd be like Batman and Robin. Of course I'm Batman. He's Robin.
Frame was last seen wandering off with Captain Jack in David Tennant's last Doctor Who story, The End of Time.
To date, the actors playing the new characters have yet to be announced.
Production of the new series is expected to get underway shortly, and is likely to be broadcast in the US and UK sometime in 2011.
UPDATE: The Doctor Who News Page says: "John Barrowman – who is currently promoting his new series of Tonight's The Night – has reported that filming for the series will commence in January 2011. The series is expected to broadcast during that summer both in the UK and the US."
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