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Published on June 5th, 2013 | by Andrew Reynolds

Barrowman ‘Excited for New Doctor’

While it looks unlikely that he’ll get his sought after return to Doctor Who during the anniversary year, that hasn’t stopped John Barrowman from weighing in on speculation regarding the future of the Doctor and the show.

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MTV Geek caught up with Barrowman between signings and photo opportunities at this weekend’s Wizard World’s Philadelphia Comic Con where the Arrow actor said that, after learning of the news of Matt Smith’s departure on the flight to Philadelphia, he was excited at the prospect of a new Doctor, but also that he wasn’t upset at the prospect of saying goodbye to Matt:

“I don’t know what the reaction is people want me to have but as an actor, it’s no big deal; it is a job for [Smith]. I wasn’t devastated, I wasn’t gutted, but I am excited to see who the new Doctor will be.”


I know Doctor Who so well and know the Doctors are going to change, so I’m not devastated he’s going — but it is sad for the fans.”

Arguably Smith has enjoyed greater exposure in the role than even the ever-popular David Tennant and by Barrowman’s reckoning it will be crucial for any new Doctor to embrace the insane amount of publicity the role will inevitably bring:

“When David left, everyone was like, ‘Oh, it’s not going to be the same’ but it’s going to be OK. You’ll just join along and be a part of it, as you always are…That’s up to not only the public to decide that, but the actor (or actress) who plays the Doctor. They need to want to be a part of that.”

With the debate ongoing as to whether or not the role should be played by a someone other than the characteristic white male, would Barrowman, who is openly gay and portrayed Captain Jack as omnisexual, want to see a non-white, male or straight actor cast as the Doctor?

“Oh my god, anybody, yeah! But my opinion doesn’t really matter because I don’t write the show and don’t produce it, but I think a black Doctor, Asian Doctor, white Doctor, gay Doctor, a straight Doctor, a bi Doctor – whatever – I’m open to all that.”

Read the full interview here.


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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.

6 Responses to Barrowman ‘Excited for New Doctor’

  1. avatar Paul Blume says:

    Strictly speaking, Jack was/is ‘pansexual’.

  2. avatar drvwho says:

    i don’t want a gay doctor who we have jack for that and not a woman doctor.
    keep to the doctor who format it works so don’t mess

    if you want a female timelord get jenny back as the doctors companion.
    now theres a thought writers of doctor who or do you want to write it for you. lol

  3. avatar Geoff says:

    I have nothing at all against the idea of a female Doctor, I’d run with it if the casting was right and I’m sure it would be fine but like drvwho says above there’s no need to do it. We have assertive females in Doctor Who and we also have characters that represent different and diverse sexuality. I don’t see the need to overtly sexualise the doctor in any direction anymore than has already been done. I think that would be a mistake. It would certainly be bold to see him having a relationship with a male companion like he did with Rose, but I think it would be inconsistent with his character as we’ve seen it so far and as I said before unnecessary because diverse sexuality is already present in the show.

  4. avatar Mackenzie says:

    I am pretty sure the Doctor is bisexual… they just haven’t made him fall in love with a guy yet.

  5. I agree with most everyone else. Leave the doctor male and hetro. By the way he could be closer to forty than thirty or younger for those of us mature fans. Someone who looks like he could destroy a planet or a race then the next episode be amusing or a little flirty.

  6. avatar Michael says:

    Leave the Doctor as he is. I wish Barrowman would just go away.

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