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Published on June 9th, 2010 | by Patrick Riley

Heroes and Villains and Nazis, Oh My!

Torchwood star John BarrowmanIt has long been known that one of the reasons for Christopher Eccleston’s departure from Doctor Who five years ago related to his personal worries of being typecast.  Digital Spy has now reported similar desires to not be only recognized for playing one kind of role on the part of John Barrowman, our beloved Captain Jack Harkness from Doctor Who and Torchwood.  Fear not – everyone’s favourite immortal Earth-defender isn’t going anywhere anytime soon… for Barrowman has also revealed that he is simply not concerned about the matter:

“I can do theatre, telly, singing – it’s all part of my business. I think people will be able to separate what I do. They’ve seen me play heroic Captain Jack [in Torchwood and Doctor Who] and a very camp Nazi in The Producers. The baddie [in Desperate Housewives] is just another rung on the ladder.”

What he says is fairly agreeable.  Considering that it feels like Barrowman has appeared in nearly every programme on Television in the UK and now seems to be starting to make a similar move in the US with Desperate Housewives and the next season of Torchwood, typecast is an adjective that should be applied to Barrowman the least.

You can see how Barrowman performs his latest role, as villain Patrick Logan for American import Desperate Housewives, by tuning in to Channel 4 at 10:35PM tonight.  Or, if you live in the US, you can watch his most recent episode here.


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Patrick is a temporal hitchhiker who spends most of his time in the future. His favourite Doctor is the Fourteenth. If you're especially lucky, you might even hear him tweet to all you merry folk in the past @10PatrickRiley.

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