Friday, January 20, 2006

Purcell Reveals Doe's Secret

Dominic Purcell, whose SF series John Doe will begin rerunning on SCI FI Channel Jan. 20, told SCI FI Wire that he knows the show's big secret. John Doe will air Fridays at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

"I think it's an amazing premise," Purcell said in an interview at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, where he was promoting his current Fox series, Prison Break. "I think it's a really cool premise."

In the series, Purcell plays a man who awakes naked on an island near Seattle, possessing all of the knowledge in the world except his own identity. He bears strange marks on his body and can only see in black and white. A group of nefarious strangers, meanwhile, is pursuing him for reasons that are not clear. They call themselves the Phoenix group.

But Purcell revealed the show's secret, which creators Brandon Camp and Mike Thompson never had a chance to unveil before Fox canceled it in 2003.

Ready? (Major spoilers ahead!)

"Apparently I was the messiah returned," Purcell said, confirming an earlier report in Entertainment Weekly. As for the Phoenix group? "They were working for the Vatican. ... The Catholics. They didn't want it to be revealed that the true Christ had returned."

Purcell's character had actually either died or come near death, when all knowledge is revealed, then returned with no memory of his past life.

The one secret Purcell didn't reveal: John Doe's real name. As for whether he'd like to have continued with the short-lived show, Purcell said: "I don't know. I'm pretty f--king happy with [Prison Break's] Lincoln right now."
Sci Fi Wire -- The News Service of the Sci Fi Channel

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