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Fans aim to save sci-fi character

Ianto Jones
Fans want Ianto Jones, played by Gareth David-Lloyd, to be revived

An online campaign to see a character in the BBC television sci-fi drama Torchwood brought back to life has raised £1,800 for Children In Need.

Ianto Jones was killed by alien baddies the four-five-six in the third series, Children of Earth, screened this month.

But Ianto fans are refusing to accept his demise and have created a website calling for his return.

BBC Wales said: "It's fantastic to see that Torchwood has obviously touched the emotions of so many people."

The five-part series Torchwood: Children of Earth follows the Cardiff-based alien-chasing team as they battle for the future of the human race against the fiercest force they have encountered.

Actor Gareth David-Lloyd reprises his role as Ianto Jones but his character falls victim to the four-five-six in the fourth episode.

Fans of the show hope their campaign to have Ianto revived will be boosted by the show's screening in America.

Ianto Jones, played by  Gareth David-Lloyd
Fans say Ianto 'might be fictional, but... had a huge impact on our life'

The website, SaveIantoJones , includes an option to donate to the BBC charity in honour of the character.

Campaigners say Ianto's passing has left them "as sorrowful and hurt as any death of a person close to us".

They add: "Though we, his devoted fans, still hope that he'll come back (it's still sci-fi, and in sci-fi, death can be reversed, can't it?), we mourn him.

"In the series, he died saving the children of Earth; so it seems fitting to honor [sic] his memory by helping the Children in Need."

Torchwood, a spin-off from Doctor Who, began life on BBC Three in 2006 - its highest audience during the first series was just under one million viewers.

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