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John Barrowman in the Independent

Doctor Who and Torchwood star John Barrowman has spoken to The Independent‘s Nick Duerden about his life and career on stage and screen…

Obviously titled “Jack of all trades”, Duerden speaks to John as he is recording his forthcoming album, “Another Side”. So what sort of chat is it?

…He is…fully immersed in Elton John’s “Your Song”, a personal favourite that he has nevertheless chosen to interpret in a manner more redolent of Ewan McGregor’s version in the 2001 film Moulin Rouge! The reason he is doing the song this way is because Barrowman is to musicals what, well, what Elton is to tantrums.

Of course! John Barrowman is gay, just like Elton John. Of course, this kind of focus on his sexuality by the press is something that seems to irritate John, as demonstrated in this very interview:

…People still refer to me as a ‘gay actor’, though, and I hate that because it immediately hems you in. Also, it’s just wrong,” he stresses. “I am not a ‘gay actor'; I’m an actor that happens to be gay, and for me I think it’s important to show another side to the gay world.

And you know, it has to be said, he has a point. It’s not like gay actors are rare, or anything…

Sadly there is little here for fans of Doctor Who and Torchwood who want clues as to how the next series of each show will pan out, although there is a list of his recent British TV appearances, his time on Saturday morning television, a short biography, a reference to the awful z-movie Shark Attack 3: Megalodon and a statement about the lure of Hollywood, should they want him: “Oh, I’d be there like a shot”

“Another Side” features John Barrowman singing some of his all-time favourite songs, and is released on November 12th. Other tracks include: Bryan Adams’ “Heaven”, Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time”, Chicago’s “If You Leave Me Now” and Carly Simon’s “Your So Vain”, among others, and the album is available from Amazon for £8.98!

Christian Cawley


A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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