Torchwood Emerges from the Shadow of the Tardis and Joins the Roster of TV Classics with Their Own Conventions; Fans and Actors to Meet at London Event Dedicated to Sci-Fi Series

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Torchwood Emerges from the Shadow of the Tardis and Joins the Roster of TV Classics with Their Own Conventions; Fans and Actors to Meet at London Event Dedicated to Sci-Fi Series


Byline: Karen Price Chief Arts Correspondent

SCI-FI drama Torchwood has joined the ranks of cult hits like Star Trek, Star Wars and Buffy the Vampire Slayer after the announcement of a convention dedicated to the show.

Fans of the BBC Wales-produced series will be able to find out more about the show at a new one-day event.

Actress Eve Myles will be among the guest stars taking part in the Torchwood special at the Porchester Hall in London on April 26.

Myles, who plays police woman-turned-alien-hunter Gwen Cooper, will be answering questions, posing for photographs and signing memorabilia.

She will be joined by former Buffy star and Torchwood guest actor James Marsters, Gareth David-Lloyd, who plays lanto, former Neighbours and Ugly Betty actor Alan Dale and Torchwood producer Richard Stokes.

It is further proof that the Doctor Who spin-off from Swansea writer Russell T Davies is becoming cult viewing.

Myles, who lives in Cardiff, says she is still amazed when she gets stopped in the street by fans who recognise her from the series, which pulled in more than two million viewers when it made its debut on BBC3 before switching to main stream channel BBC2.

"I am surprised by the popularity of Torchwood," said Myles, who won a Bafta Cymru Award for the role last year. "When you go into a job you never expect it to have such an effect.

"I had got used to being known in Wales but actually getting stopped by people in London who now know me from Torchwood is a whole new kettle of fish.

"People are very kind and are genuinely pleased for me.

"The convention highlights how Torchwood is becoming a cult show so to play a lead in it is awesome."

Although Torchwood, which stars John Barrowman as Captain Jack, is a Doctor Who spin-off, it is regarded as more accessible to non sci-fi fans.

"We are getting people who never watch sci-fi as there's also a strong element of domestic drama," said Myles, who shot to fame in the Welsh soap Belonging. …

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