I suppose you could look at this as Fifth Gear’s take on Top Gear’s Star in a Reasonably Priced Car. But this time the car – a Prodrive 270bhp Subaru Impreza WRC – was not exactly a reasonably priced car. And this was no airfield track in leafy Surrey, but the Sweet Lamb rally stage in mid-Wales.
John Barrowman – a.k.a. Captain Jack Harkness from Doctor Who / Torchwood (a proper petrol-head) – jumped at the chance to take on the rally stage in the Prodrive Impreza N2009 under the tutelage of Fifth Gear’s Tiff Needell.
Not surprisingly, it took a bit more effort from Tiff than the Stig needs to put in to get a star round a lap of the TG track, but he managed to show John the basics before John put in a time on the Sweet Lamb stage. Remember, this wasn’t a gutless little run-around, but a pretty potent WRC car – which currently leads the Production World Rally Championship.
Actually, I didn’t know Captain Jack was a Petrol Head. So our suggestion that Jaguar should get Captain Jack in to the new Jaguar XJ for the next series of Torchwood should be a doddle!
We don’t know how John got on in the Impreza WRC, but you can find out on 20th July. Which coincidentally is the day that man first landed on the moon.
Unless you count Captain Jack.