John Barrowman In Talks For DOCTOR WHO Anniversary Return
The 'Torchwood' and 'Arrow' actor John Barrowman has confirmed this morning that he has indeed been in some form of talks for a return as the famous Captain Jack Harkness in sci-fi show Doctor Who. UPDATED with Barrowman twitter comment.
Actor John Barrowman has confirmed that he is in possible negotiations to be involved in Doctor Who's 50th anniversary this year.
The actor who played Captain Jack Harkness in Doctor Who and Torchwood was thought not to be involved after repeatedly saying he hoped to return (as well as recently commenting that he'd be disappointed to miss the anniversary) but had never approached by 'Who' staff.
However he today (March 1st) the actor revealed on programme 'This Morning' that he has been contacted about the momentous event.
Barrowman in character from Torchwood (left) and his appearance at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con (right).
"I haven't had any information up until just about right now - and all I can say to you is that we're discussing things... that's a total exclusive! You guys are the first to ever hear it,"
Barrowman went on to stress that the negotiations are in the very early stages, adding that he's as surprised by the development as anyone.
"Even yesterday I was giving interviews and I was saying I have heard nothing, and now I can give you a little bit of an exclusive. I've heard something."
UPDATE: Barrowman has gone to his official news twitter to try calm fans excitement over his words yesterday:
Characters Captain Jack (Barrowman) and Gwen (played by Welsh actress Eve Myles) from the Who spin-off Torchwood (Miracle Day).
Captain Jack Harkness first appeared in the 2005 Doctor Who episode "The Empty Child" and reappeared in the remaining episodes of the 2005 series as a companion of the ninth incarnation the Doctor (played by Christopher Eccleston, soon to be playing Malekith The Accursed in Thor: The Dark World). Jack became the central character in the adult-themed Torchwood, and returned in the 2007 series of Doctor Who, reuniting with the tenth incarnation of the Doctor (played by David Tennant), and again for the 2008 series and a 2010 special.
In the program's narrative, Jack begins as a time traveler and former con man from the 51st century. In contrast to the Doctor, Jack is a man of action, more willing to apply a hands-on solution to a problem. As a consequence of his death and resurrection in the 2005 series finale of Doctor Who, the character becomes immortal. On Earth, Jack becomes a member of Torchwood, a British organization dedicated to combating alien threats, becoming its leader over a century later. An ambiguous backstory is gradually revealed in the course of both series, adding another layer of complexity to the character.
Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat (who wrote the episode that created character Captain Jack Harkness) has kept his anniversary plans tightly wrapped, but has promised that the celebration will be "absolutely enormous".
All that is known about the shows' anniversaru special is that Nick Hurran will direct the episode, having previously directed the Doctor Who episodes 'The Girl Who Waited' and 'Asylum of the Daleks', and that it will the first Who episode to be shot in 3D.
The sci-fi drama returns for the second half of it's latest series to BBC One on Saturday, March 30 (same day for BBC America) with premiere episode 'The Bells of St John' written by showrunner Steven Moffat (Sherlock), as The Doctor (Matt Smith) is joined by his new companion Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman) for the latest set of incredible adventures through space and time.
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