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)