Jack’s Coming Back?

Something we forgot to mention earlier this week which came from Russell T Davies’ chat with IGN was the possibility of Captain Jack Harkness returning to Doctor Who!

As you will no doubt recall, Jack started out as a Doctor Who companion in The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances, episodes from 2005 that were written by Steven Moffat. Since his departure in The Parting of the Ways, Jack has since returned for Utopia/The Sound of Drums/Last of the Time Lords in 2007 as well as The Stolen Earth/Journey’s End in 2006 – not forgetting a cameo at the end of The End of Time, Part Two.

So, could John Barrowman make a return to Doctor Who, like a modern day Brigadier?

The main crux of the interview with Davies and Julie Gardner is of course the development and impending shooting of Torchwood: The New World in the US and Wales in the New Year. However, they were asked a very good question about future crossovers.

IGN: Now that Doctor Who has done its latest big reinvention with Matt Smith, do you think the two series have completely split off at this point, or do you think another crossover is possible?

Davies: Steven [Moffat] knows the plot of The New World. As a courtesy, I sent him a synopsis and said, “Is that going to clash with anything you’re doing?” We both have enough awareness of each other’s worlds to avoid that. And I still executive produce The Sarah Jane Adventures in Britain. I’m still working on that, and that works in synch with Doctor Who. So we are still very much aware of each plans, without spoiling each other’s news. We’re very careful to make sure that we behave within the Doctor Who world, while still being completely free to tell our own stories.

IGN: I think the curiosity fans have is how Jack would react to this Doctor, since he had a specific relationship with the previous one.

Davies: Well, Steven said he’d love to see Jack in Doctor Who. So if Steven says that, Steven will make it happen, I would think. That’s not inside information, but I bet one day it will happen. I’d love to see it. It would be marvelous.

It’s an interesting idea, isn’t it? While the logistical problems of Barrowman’s aging probably aren’t as great as you might think (this guy has to be using “Just for Men”, and I’m sure he won’t be turning down any face lifts in the future) for a man who is immortal the only potential problem is whether pairing the Doctor with Jack once again would work in the context of the current series.

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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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