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Published on October 22nd, 2013 | by Rebecca Crockett

John Barrowman Would Love To Play Captain Jack Again

Are you sad that Captain Jack Harkness won’t be appearing in Doctor Who‘s 50th anniversary episode? You aren’t alone – Captain Jack himself is sad too!

In speaking with Radio Times, John Barrowman talked about the 50th anniversary, about his role on the show, and the impact it has had on his life and on the fans.

Speaking to the fans, they all love Captain Jack. Whether he returns or not is a decision for the producers. I’ve always said that if they did ask Captain Jack to come back then I would do it at the drop of a hat. Captain Jack changed my life, Doctor Who changed my life, so of course I would do it.

Of course I was disappointed in the first instance, but things have to move on. Anybody who’s a fan and who’s been in the show would have liked to have been invited back, but it just didn’t happen and there’s no sense crying over spilt milk. It’s going to be a great anniversary show and I’ll be watching like everybody else.

John is proud of his role, one that hadn’t ever been done before on Doctor Who, that of someone who was openly non-heterosexual. He also knows what an impact it has had on the fans, especially those who have a hard time with their own sexual identity.

I am absolutely proud of being a part of it. You’ve got these young teens in school being bullied because of the sexuality that they are just discovering. They write to me all the time to say that Captain Jack helped them be strong and positive about themselves, rather than hiding and being embarrassed. It was a great, great thing to have a hero who really doesn’t give a shit who he kisses.

He also spoke about the man who will soon inherit the role of the Doctor, Peter Capaldi.

I know Peter’s work, I worked with him on Torchwood, and I think he’s a wonderful actor. Those of us who are from Scotland have done very well on Doctor Who.

Barrowman will soon be back on television, hosting the new game show Pressure Pad for the BBC.

(via Radio Times)


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Rebecca is new to the Who world, having only recently watched the entire new series in a span of 8 days. She is no stranger to sci-fi though, being a life long Trekkie and has vague memories of seeing the 4th Doctor on US television as a child. When not watching, reading, blogging, or talking about Doctor Who, she is a fan of pop culture and loves movies and books so much she has to keep a list of both so she doesn't forget any of them. She also likes to make attempts at various forms of art including photography and painting. Rebecca is currently working her way through as many classic serials and as many books related to the show that she can find and wishes she could have been with the Doctor and Amy when they met Van Gogh.

7 Responses to John Barrowman Would Love To Play Captain Jack Again

  1. I was disappointed also that Captain Jack won’t be back. Love John Barrowman’s attitude and professionalism. He’s the best.

  2. avatar Bob James says:

    Just so we’re all completely clear on this. Do you think that John Barrowman would want to come back to Doctor Who and play Captain Jack Harkness again? Has he ever once given us a clear answer to that question? He has been kind of vague for the longest time, so he just speak up.

  3. avatar Geoff says:

    I think he’s always been pretty clear that he’d do it again. The thing is hopefully both John and the show have many years of life left in them yet and maybe like the Brig, Jack will just pop up every once in a while. Not sure if he will ever be discovered teaching maths to impressionable pubescent boys public school though, can you imagine that? JNT would have had a heart attack!

  4. One thing that should be noted: a writer [or future writer] of the Doctor Who franchise should somehow include a transitional arc for the Face of Boe. Just saying…the opportunity awaits a skilled wordsmythe, and Barrowman has a huge following…

  5. avatar GallifreyanFallenAngel says:

    I’d rather have a classic companion return. We saw a lot of Jack already, even a spin off.

    • The thing of it is, the transition from Harkness to Face of Boe is still awaiting a connecting arc. Barrowman is still young enough to carry the role, and the opportunity is slim to put him in,the ideal moment should be seized, no? The storyline somewhat ended abruptly at the change of writers, with an open arc. Same goes for what happened to the Doctor’s daughter. Creative wordsmythes could have a field day, I’m thinking.

  6. avatar TonyS says:

    We saw pretty much all of Jack, thank you very much!

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