Actor John Barrowman, who played Captain Jack Harkness on Torchwood, sparked a Twitter frenzy with a post describing a visit to a landmark of the show in Cardiff, Wales.
Barrowman posted a selfie outside a series sanctuary Ianto Jones, who was Captain Jack’s lover on the show and tragically died in his arms in a miniseries episode, Children of the Earth.
Barrowman paid an incognito visit to the impromptu shrine set up to honor the character of Ianto in Cardiff on Friday, a site near where the series was filmed. The shrine is still very popular with fans 11 years after the death of the television series.
Torchwood, a Doctor Who spin-off that aired on BBC America in the United States, was a Cardiff-based investigative unit that battled alien threats. He ended his run in 2011.
Barrowman recently reprized his role as Captain Jack with an appearance in a Doctor Who regular episode and in the New Year’s Special, Revolution of the Daleks.
In his tweet, Barrowman wrote: “I left for my walk and no one knew I was the one paying tribute to #Ianto Jb.” Barrowman wore a mask, in accordance with UK pandemic protocols, which made it easier to disguise himself. He was in the UK to film an upcoming series of Dancing on the ice.
Barrowman’s post was overwhelmed by responses from fans, with many lamenting Ianto’s death and saying they are still affected by it.
Ianto died on the TV show, but actor Gareth David-Lloyd has voiced the role in numerous audiobook dramas since his disappearance from television.