John Barrowman, Captain Jack Harkness himself.

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…

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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