Looks like the Torchwood team are calling on the services of a US President who once saved the world from potential genocide due to a powerful alien threat.

Deadline are reporting that Independence Day star Bill Pullman is joining the cast of the Dr. Who spin-off in the reoccurring role of one Oswald Jones, a clever convicted murderer who escapes his lifelong prison sentence on a technicality and quickly becomes a media sensation.

Pullman’s output has been relatively small in recent years (compared to his heyday in the 90’s) but he does seem like a sizable star for a modestly-budgeted show like Torchwood.

A co-production deal between the BBC and US company Starz would explain how he managed to get cast (alongside big(ish) name Mekhi Phifer) in the fourth season of this sci-fi adventure series