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Published on November 7th, 2012 | by Andrew Reynolds

Barrowman Claims He Hasn’t Been Asked to Return

He may already be on the list of people expected to be asked back to the Doctor Who fold for the fiftieth anniversary but now John Barrowman is also part of an ever-growing list of people who haven’t been asked but would very much like to…

So where does Captain Jack fit in your Top Trumps selection of past companions and characters you would like to see return? Would you happily swap him out for an Ian, a Jo or even a Rose?

Speaking to TV Choice John Barrowman insisted that he would return to the show ‘at the drop of a hat’.

Barrowman, who can currently be seen in The CW’s Arrow – where DC’s Green Arrow is shamelessly remodelled into Christopher Nolan’s interpretation of Batman; with a touch of Smallville’s ludicrousness – playing the mysterious ‘Well-Dressed Man’ has spoken out about a pesky internet rumour ruling him out of any anniversary celebrations:

There was a rumour online that said I’m not able to do it because of my schedule. But, actually, I haven’t been asked. So it’s nothing to do with my schedule…If they come to me and ask me to do Doctor Who or Torchwood ever again, I would do it at the drop of a hat.

Which depending on your love of ole Captain Jack means a) he’s been asked already and is in denial mode b) he’s genuinely interested and is simply reinstating his general love of the Whoinverse and his keenness to return to said universe or c) keep dreaming, it’ll be aeons before we see Torchwood again.


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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

2 Responses to Barrowman Claims He Hasn’t Been Asked to Return

  1. avatar Rick Lundeen says:

    Really getting sick of all things Barrowman right now. Enough already about him and the 50th. They haven’t asked him and frankly, at this point, if I were the Moff, I’d be just irritated enough to never ask him back ever. No matter what they end up doing, someone’s going to complain. So many people are going to get over-hyped about this thing that half the people are going to be sick to death of the very notion of it and the other half will be disappointed when it doesn’t live up to the spectacular they’ll imagine it to be.

    • avatar Krumstets says:

      Indeed,has anyone – other than the regular cast – revealed that they have been asked to come back for the fiftieth?


      No one who has been asked in interviews has said yes they are coming back and no one else has been pencilled in – publicly.

      As for Cap’n Jack he is but one fish in a very big pond. I want every living actor who has been a companion in Doctor Who to be doorstepped and asked if they are coming back.
      Starting with Carole Ann F ,& William Russell.
      Maybe Kasterberous could start their own investigations and produce a weekly check list of possibles , maybes and definite no’s ?

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