In an interview with The TV Addict at SDCC, John Barrowman had some things to say about his ideal Captian Jack Harkness/River Song Doctor Who spinoff. To the surprise of no one and the delight of all, it appears that he’s put considerable thought into the probably-won’t-ever-exist-sorry-but-it’s-true show. See if you agree with what he wants behind the cut.
“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 civilisations without trying to get too involved, but they always get involved! They always do the wrong thing but for the right reasons and succeed.”
Referencing Star Trek in discussing a Doctor Who spinoff? Nerdgasm!
Because we’re taking Captain Jack and River here (and Barrowman, for that matter), of course he also had something to say on the show’s potential romantic vibe:
“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.”
I’d watch it.
Barrowman then brought the whole thing back down to Earth, saying “It’s not up to me… It’s up to the BBC. If they know enough that you want those characters back, they’re smart. But it has to be done right and done well… it’s up to [the BBC] to get the show off the ground. It’s down to financing and money.”
I’d say our chances of getting a Captain Jack/River Song spinoff aren’t very good, but at least we know if it ever happens there’s one actor the BeeB won’t have to deal with lengthy contract negotiations for. Says Barrowman: “I’ll play Captain Jack at the drop of the hat if I’m asked to. No questions asked.”
If we don’t get a spinoff, can they at least meet at one point, BBC? Please?