You’re both the fire and the water that extinguishes it. You’re the narrator, the protagonist, and the sidekick. You’re the storyteller and the story told. You are somebody’s something, but you are also your you.
—  John Green, Turtles All The Way Down
Torchwood has only one name, and it’s John.

Does anyone else find this weird?

  • Jack Harkness: The name Jack derives from a medieval diminutive form of the name John, and even today is still a common nickname for John.
  • Owen Harper: Owen is the English spelling of Eoin (Irish) or Ouen (Welsh), both of which are Celtic derivatives of the name John.
  • Ianto Jones: Ianto is a Welsh rendering of the name John. The surname Jones also derives from the name John.
  • Martha Jones: As above, the surname Jones comes from John.
  • Eugene Jones: Ditto.
  • John Hart: Is named John.
  • John Frobisher: Is named John.
  • Agent Johnson: Johnson literally means “son of John.”

I mean, I know it’s Britain and during some periods of history John really was the most common name, but can’t we show a little more variety in fiction?