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Published on March 2nd, 2013 | by Christian Cawley

BBC “Mad” at Barrowman’s 50th Comments?

Yesterday John Barrowman set Doctor Who fans’ pulses racing when he told ITV’s This Morning that he had been in contact with the BBC concerning the 50th anniversary special.

Today, however, things are slightly different.

John Barrowman, Captain Jack Harkness himself.

First of all was the backtracking, which came later on Friday:

Today, John Barrowman went further.

Speaking on Graham Norton’s BBC Radio Two show (concerning the latest co-written book with his sister Carole E. Barrowan, Bone Quill), the actor claimed that his words had been “taken totally out of context.”

I have nothing really to say about it. If I get asked a question I try to be as vague but as honest as possible.

In fairness to John, he didn’t really give anything away, did he?

What’s happened is it’s been taken totally out of context, it’s been twisted and things have been said that I didn’t say so I just have to say at the moment I have no… I don’t want to not give you an answer but I have nothing to say at the moment.

Eventually, Carole told Norton that “The BBC are mad at him.” John Barrowman himself is apparently unaware as to why what he said has caused any problem.

It’s an interesting scenario, one that might explain why Louise Jameson said so very little about it…


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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+.

3 Responses to BBC “Mad” at Barrowman’s 50th Comments?

  1. avatar Rick Lundeen says:

    Barrowman is renowned for having a big mouth and is a big gossip so if he wasn’t supposed to say anything, the BBC should have said “John, say absolutely nothing. If you blab, we can always not include you!” I would think that might shut him up. If they did tell him to not say anything—and he did—then yeah, they should be mad.

    I could easily see Barrowman being a huge spoiler-machine. The media’s obviously not going to stop asking the questions though. The actors should just play dumb.

  2. avatar Rose Pearse says:

    John is being a bit dim about that. They WERE his words. He said them on TV. It’s not like a newspaper article with a quote spliced in.

  3. It is all quite amusing though. All these rumours being `leaked’ and guess work by the rest of us.

    Fantastic publicity for the show in the end.
    If Cap’n Jack is indeed in the special (s) they could include a scene of him getting shafted by a Dalek-just as a little in joke and to teach him a lesson.

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