Although the omni-sexual 51st century Time Agent Captain Jack Harkness is a character who is out of the closet in every possible way (robots, people?) it seems as though his RAF Greatcoat is destined to remain in John Barrowman‘s closet for the foreseeable future.
The character was introduced in the first series of the BBC’s “refreshed” Doctor Who (2005), in The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances, a two part episode written by current showrunner, Steven Moffat. Captain Jack became a regular traveling companion to the Ninth Doctor, played by Christopher Eccleston, and has returned to fight at the Doctor’s side on multiple occasions, including the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant). The popularity of the character led to a spin-off show, Torchwood, where he continued to protect the Earth from evils above, beyond and within ourselves.
With the 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who on the horizon (November 23, 2013) many fans were hopeful that Barrowman would be donning the Greatcoat once again to share in his first adventure with Matt Smith, the Eleventh incarnation of the Time-Lord.
Only 24 days after an appearance on the ITV show This Morning, during which Barrowman told hosts Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langford,
“I haven’t had any information until just about right now, and all I can say to you is that we’re discussing things. That’s an exclusive. You guys are the first. 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.”
the Doctor Who and Torchwood star has taken to Twitter to deny any involvement in the anniversary episode, an episode rumored to showcase the return of past companions and former Doctors. Tweeting from @Team_Barrowman, the actor announced,
“I will not be involved in the 50th Anniversary Episode of Dr WHO. JB”.
The sixty-minute anniversary episode will be shown in 3D, and may very well end in a cliffhanger to be resolved in the annual Christmas special, just a little over a month later. One would think that Steven Moffat (a master of the non-answer and teller of tall tales) has given strict instructions to all returning cast members to lie through their teeth and protect the secrets of the 50th anniversary at all costs.
So, we wont be sharing a bite of anniversary cake with Captain Jack. Who wants to bet we’ll be sitting down to share Christmas dinner with him?
John Barrowman can be seen in Arrow on The CW network, Wednesdays at 8PM/7C.
Doctor Who returns on Saturday, March 30th at 8PM/7C on BBC America in The Bells of St. John.