[UPDATE: See our video here below from this panel with Gareth David-Lloyd and James Marsters.]
Ianto Jones will not return in future episodes of the Doctor Who spinoff Torchwood television show, should it return for a third season, according to actor Gareth David-Lloyd in a panel at Dragon*Con 2009.
“It looks very likely that they’ll get a full season, but all we know is that they’re in talks,” David-Lloyd said. “As far as Ianto is concerned, he won’t [be returning]…”
“But, there’s always a chance,” David-Lloyd said, perhaps giving fans a spark of hope. “I really don’t know.”
Ianto met his untimely demise in the Torchwood Children of Earth special, which evoked outrage from fans of the series and several campaigns to rally the show’s writers to change their minds.
“I felt I was leaving the show satisfied,” David-Lloyd said of the character’s death, adding that he didn’t like the first version of the script where Ianto dies. “I intentionally read it horribly” so they would frame it differently.
The original scripting allowed Ianto’s love interest Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) the chance to say “I love you” before dying.
David-Lloyd also spoke about his post-Torchwood plans, which include work on a six-part web series called Girl Number 9 that was described as a cross between Saw and CSI. “It is dark,” he said. Each part will be about five minutes in length and available on the Internet.
“Based on it’s popularity, will decide whether or not the show gets made into a full part series. So watch it!,” he said.
He’ll also be working on Casimir Effect, a 45-minute film that seeks to follow the same path District 9 did to becoming a full feature.