The 50th-anniversary of Doctor Who is actually shooting right now, but that hasn’t stopped the rumor mill from churning over who is and isn’t a part of the eagerly anticipated episode.
Though his claim to fame is heading up the darker Who spinoff Torchwood, John Barrowman’s Captain Jack Harkness got his start in the TARDIS as a companion, and was one of the most intriguing folks ever to hop a ride through time and space. He's since gone on to a memorable role in The CW's Arrow, though fans will always know him best as Captain Jack.
With Torchwood currently on an extended hiatus, many fans were hoping Barrowman might have a cameo appearance in the 50th anniversary, but Barrowman has confirmed to TV Line that it officially isn’t happening.
Why? Mostly because he wasn’t asked, but also because he believes his character doesn’t really fit with the stories new showrunner Steven Moffat is trying to tell. Barrowman said he thinks they’re aiming for something that will appeal to fans across the globe, not just the hardcore Who-vians:
“Everyone on Twitter tries to make it like it’s my decision, but the bottom line is I was not asked,” he maintains. “[The Powers That Be] don’t want to put Jack in it. And I know fans are really upset about it, as was I. People have tried to say it’s my schedule; it’s absolutely not. I was told by the producers of Arrow that if I was asked to do the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who they’d let me go and do it. It was nothing to do with my schedule. It’s just a matter of fact that I wasn’t asked.”
“I understand why they did it. They want to move forward, they want to try some different things… I know from how [former EP exec producer Russell T Davies] approached things, they’re not doing [the special] just for the uber fan; they’re doing it for the wider audience. And if they’re going to bring a character back it wouldn’t be just for the uber fan, it would be for everybody. So perhaps that’s the thinking they had. I don’t know.”
It’s sad to hear that Captain Jack won’t be back for one last go-round, and after the so-so run of Torchwood: Miracle Day, odds are we might never see our favorite time agent again.
Were you still holding out hope that Barrowman might pop up in the big anniversary?
(Via TV Line)