The BBC issued the following news statement (which has since been retracted!?!):
"Welsh actress Eve Myles is to play the lead female role in Doctor Who spin-off series Torchwood. Myles will play the role of Gwen opposite John Barrowman in the 13-part serial, to be screened later this year. The drama, penned by Russell T Davies, will chart the adventures of a renegade team of crime investigators who solve both human and alien mysteries. Davies, who wrote the comeback series of Doctor Who, said he created the role especially for the actress. The new series, which centres on the character of Captain Jack, is due to begin filming in the summer and will be screened on BBC One and BBC Three. Anagram The drama is inspired by Doctor Who, but there will be no fictional crossover between the two programmes. It is intended for a post-watershed audience. Myles, whose previous credits include appearing alongside Sir Michael Gambon in a National Theatre production of Henry IV, appeared in the first series of the revived Doctor Who. Russell T Davies is writer and one of the new series' executive producers "I've admired Eve's work for years, and when she was able to guest-star in Doctor Who last year, it just confirmed to me that she was one of Wales's best-kept secrets," said Swansea-born Davies. The "sexy, funny" spin-off, whose name is an anagram of Doctor Who, will be set in Cardiff. "Doctor Who has a completely different feel to this kind of thing. This is set in the same place every week. It's a different sort of fun to Doctor Who," said Davies. "It's an urban series, very much set on Earth," he added."
Now, although this story is not yet official information, www.drwho-online.co.uk has sources 'confirming' its leads, and the link above does have the bbc domain printed upon it. As usual, I'll wait for a definate press release before I believe this story, but the signs are suggesting we take it with a lot less salt that usual. And if we do have our Gwen at last, let me be the first to say, doesn't she look fantastic. And Jack ain't bad either!
Welcome aboard Eve...Let you have many a good time ahead of you.