In an exclusive interview with Torchwood Magazine, Marsters said: "In a lot of ways, this role is very much like Spike was in my first three episodes of Buffy. After those three episodes, Spike was always taken down a peg, because Joss [Whedon, Buffy showrunner] didn't want the audience thinking he was cool."
Marsters, who played cockney vampire Spike between 1997 and 2003, continued: "They basically deconstructed him, but it had the opposite effect, and he became cooler than ever: the outsider's outsider, in a show of outsiders!"
Captain John initially appeared in the opening episode of Torchwood's second season 'Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang', but is scheduled to return later in the series. He added: "This role is about unrepentant evil, and having as much fun with it as possible. I wish Spike had been like that a little longer, to be honest."
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