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.
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.