Torchwood: Children Of Earth was packed with no end of twists, but none was as shocking as the 456-induced death of long-standing team member Ianto Jones an hour before the denouément. Many of you reacted with anger to Ianto's demise - and some of you even vowed never to watch Torchwood again as a result. But how does actor Gareth David-Lloyd feel about the decision to terminate Mr. Jones? We gave him a quick call to find out.
How does it feel to be dead?
"It feels a little bit depressing, especially after watching it back, but I think I got a good exit. I'm happy with all of the elements of the character that were explored in the last series."
When you started work on series three, did you know from the start that Ianto would be killed off?
"Oh yeah, I knew well in advance. Before I even signed the contract, it stipulated that I would be needed for four of the five episodes, so I guessed then what the score was. Then I had a meeting with Julie Gardner, who told me about it and told me how it would happen, and what Ianto's storyline was. It was a good exit and one I can be proud of."
How did you feel personally about the decision to kill Ianto?
"There were certain things that I wanted to explore with the character - like his background and the things that make him tick - and luckily they were explored and written quite beautifully. It's sad to leave a family and a show that's been part of my life for years but at the same time, I felt fulfilled and satisfied with what they did."
It was good to see his family explored this series.
"Exactly - and those were the aspects to the character that I, as an actor, wanted to explore. I was really lucky to have such a great actress, Katy Wix, playing my sister."
Do you think the story with Jack and Ianto was properly resolved?
"Maybe not completely resolved, which is part of the tragedy. But it is a drama! It was enough that I was happy to walk away from it."
A lot of people have been writing in to us to ask if this really is the end for Ianto...
"It's science-fiction, so anything can happen, but as far as I'm aware at the moment, he is dead. But you know, who knows what the producers and writers have got planned and stored away?!"
Perhaps Captain Jack could get The Glove out.
"Well I think both gloves have been destroyed, but he could go back in time and get one!"
There have been lots of positive messages regarding your exit, including lots from people who say they'll never watch the show again now you're gone. What would you say to them?
"First of all I'd say thankyou for watching and supporting the show. It's partly due to you that Ianto's been able to grow into the character that he became in the end. Also, trust the writers. I know there have been some negative reactions to the writers and producers but they created Ianto in the first place. You should keep watching, you never know!"
What's next for you?
"I'm following John Barrowman's footsteps and doing pantomime! I'm playing Prince Charming in Cinderella in Preston through December to the beginning of January."
A week on, how do you feel about Ianto's death? Add your comments to this entry below!