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John Barrowman Sounds Incredibly Sad About Not Being Asked To Join Doctor Who’s 50th (So Are We)


We already pretty much knew John Barrowman was not going to reprise his role of Captain Jack Harkness for Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary but we have to admit, we were still holding out hope. And we aren’t the only ones. 

When we last left this saga, Barrowman had said he would definitely not be in the 50th anniversary episode but we thought perhaps he’d pop up in another special. But from what he said to TV Line, it seems his phone hasn’t rung at all.

“Everyone on Twitter tries to make it like it’s my decision, but the bottom line is I was not asked,” Barrowman told them. “[The Powers That Be] don’t want to put Jack in it. And I know fans are really upset about it, as was I.”

The actor also made sure to point out it wasn’t for lack of trying. “People have tried to say it’s my schedule; it’s absolutely not,” he said. ”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.”

Similar to some other casting omissions for the special episode, this one really bums me out. “I understand why they did it. They want to move forward, they want to try some different things,” said Barrowman. “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 foreverybody. So perhaps that’s the thinking they had. I don’t know.”

Barrowman may understand but I’m betting a lot of Whovians won’t. Can we still hope for some type of reference? Maybe the Face of Bo will show up? Probably not.

Meanwhile, if you’re looking for your Barrowman fix, you can catch him in his wonderfully evil role on The CW’s Arrow, or follow him on his newly founded Instagram where you’ll find such gems as this:

(TV Line via Blastr)

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  • http://twitter.com/fortyseven Fortyseven

    Damned shame. Hoping this will all turn out okay, but… well… I guess we’ll just have to see what they come up with. Blah.

  • Anonymous

    So disappointed at the 50th, I can’t even find the strength in me to hope Moffat is just being his usual troll self and that when we watch the special, Barrowman, Tate, and the rest of the best will all be there.

  • http://twitter.com/hmbscully WendyD

    I’d love to see Captain Jack, but maybe I’m in the minority, where I feel like bringing all the companions of 9 and 10 back has already been done? I don’t need a rehash of “Stolen Earth/Journey’s End”. I’d rather the character came back during a regular series with a new story arc with 11 in the future.

    I just wish Twitter and the internets would stop harassing JB about it, it’s rude to him and just makes them look uninformed.

  • Anonymous

    I love Captain Jack, and I love Barrowman, but I’m not that bummed he won’t be a part of the special. I mean, if everyone got their wish as to who was cast in the special, then it would just be one big messy clusterf?ck of shoehorned cameos for the sake of cameos at the expense of the story. Not appearing in the special does not negate any characters place in the Doctor Who mythos, or their contribution to the over all greatness of it’s history, but this is the DOCTOR’S 50th anniversary. I can understand being upset if they don’t bring in as many of the Doctor’s as possible in some way (well, whomever is alive at least), but trying to get as many secondary and supporting characters shoved in would be a bit much, I think.

  • Guest

    I would love it if Jack would come back. Getting any other of Tenths companions would feel weird (except, of course, when it’s with Tenth himself) since they have more of a relationship (platonic or otherwise) with Ten himself, but Jack has it with the Doctor in general.

  • Anonymous

    I get that Moffat doesn’t want it to just be a parade of old characters, but the point of an Anniversary Special is to celebrate where the show came from. Every other regular episode is about looking forward, really, so why make the 50th Anniversary the exact same?

  • http://twitter.com/ReticentExposit Reticent Expositor

    Disappointed. They’re getting David Tennant and Billy Piper back for it, and you’re disappointed? I would have loved Captain Jack back as much as the next whovian, but I don’t think it’s anything to be disappointed over. You’re still getting Ten and Eleven on screen – and for a single episode, I think less is more, because I wouldn’t want them to have to split it between a whole lot of different threads, like Stolen Earth/Journeys End. Even in two episodes, it was a clusterf*ck. A glorious, campy, nostalgic clusterf*ck, but it would have been better if they’d cut out half of the cameos and focussed on the more important ones. Which, I hope, is what they’re doing here.

  • keepcalmmaketea

    I’m disappointed in how the 50th is turning out. I feel like it is just catering to the new fans who have jumped on within the last two years but ignoring those who have actually seen and loved the roots of the show, and the first 8 Doctors.

  • Anonymous

    I hate Rose, and had hoped we’d see Donna, so, yeah, I’m disappointed. I was looking forward to something like “The Five Doctors” for the 50th, but better structured, you know: Eight showing up with a companion from the books, Nine with Rose when she was a cool character, Ten with Donna, Eleven and Clara.