Published on March 6th, 2014 | by Rebecca Crockett
Barrowman’s River/Jack Spinoff Dreams – What Do You Think?
As fans of Doctor Who, we all lay some claim to the Doctor we like the best and to those companions he’s had in the TARDIS that we just can’t get enough of and wish we could see again or we wish had been on the show longer than they were. We’ve had the fortune to get to see some of them again in anniversary specials and were even luckier when the beloved Sarah Jane Smith (and K9!) made an appearance in the new series with the Tenth Doctor.
But as the new show has grown in popularity, there is a cry that seems to unite both fans old and new -
We want Jack! We want River! We want Donna!
Jack Harkness, River Song, and Donna Noble are some of the most loved of the Doctor’s companions from the new series. While we were fortunate to see Jack and Donna together, the three never had a chance to work together on the show. And given the personalities of both Jack and River, their meeting would send sparks flying in the TARDIS and might lead to some interesting situations and trouble!
John Barrowman, who played Jack Harkness, even commented on it to TV Addict last year -
“I’d like to see the two of them prior to their lives crossing in some time realm where they actually meet up without the Doctors or anything like that and they are rogue heroes. Kind of like what ‘Star Trek’ did in the very beginning, going around and saving civilizations without trying to get too involved, but they always get involved… I think there would be a lot of standing off between the two of them to begin with, because they are two very, very strong characters. Very flirtatious! There would be a lot of innuendo going on. I think they would not do anything with each other for a long time because it would be too predictable. They have to be confined in a spaceship for a little while.”
A fan has even now come up with a concept that would pair Jack and River – as Melody Pond – with Donna Noble.
When Donna Noble meets Melody Pond she is drawn into an epic adventure to track down a mysterious figure known as the Doctor. Soon her Timelord memories return and with the help of Melody and Captain Jack Harkness at the underground TORCHWOOD facility, she is able to control her powers. But an evil is hunting them, intent on tracking down the renegade Doctor and using Donna’s growing metacrisis powers for their own gain. The chase is on for Donna, Melody and Jack as terrifying Men in Black, a corrupt government official, and an old enemy begin hunting the Trio down
This writer would love to see Captain Jack and River Song get together! The banter between the two would be hilarious. But as for back on Doctor Who and not on their own show? I think both Donna and Jack’s stories on Who were pretty neatly tied up before they left so I’m not sure a return would add great to their story. But knowing that River has met not only the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors, her return would be a welcome one, even if it was only for one more episode or a short story arc. Getting to see her interact with a different Doctor that the one we all came to know as “her” Doctor would be quite fun! And I can already imagine what River might have to say about our new, older and more mature Doctor! But with a second companion seemingly joining the TARDIS crew (in the form of Danny Pink) I’m not sure how that might work out..
What do you think? Would you love to see Jack, River, and/or Donna on their own show or back with the Doctor? Let us know in the comments!