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Barrowman on Jack’s Future: There’s a lot more to tell

captain-jack-face-of-boeJohn Barrowman has said he believes there’s a lot more story to tell on Captain Jack, although he still has no idea if he’ll be back.

He said: “I have no idea. I mean, that’s not my decision, that’s a decision for the BBC. The thing is, I go around with Eve [Myles] and people to these conventions and we see the humongous following that we have and also the hunger that there is for Torchwood. If I’m asked to play Captain Jack Harkness again, I would do it at the drop of a hat.

“I think there’s a lot more to tell, there’s a lot more out there. There are those missing years that Jack talked about, there’s how he becomes “The Face of Boe”, there’s all sorts of things. But it’s not up to me, it’s up to Russell, Julie Gardner, and the BBC.”

Of course regardless of whether Jack returns to Doctor Who, Barrowman has already starred alongside Peter Capaldi in Torchwood: Children on Earth: “I’ve worked with him, I think he’s a great actor. I think he’ll be very very good,” he said.

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112 comments
thribs1
thribs1

He's too busy trying to kill the Green Arrow at the moment.

Mercy Reborn2
Mercy Reborn2

it would be nice if they had another sci fi show when dw is off the air im not sure if they have to bring Jack back to do that

davidbrummy
davidbrummy

Since RTD has moved on to other projects I wish they would officially hand over Torchwood to a new show runner just like they did with Doctor Who.  





helenagardner9
helenagardner9

I am sure lots of whovians would love to see the return of Jack.I feel very sorry for John Barrowman because you can see how much he wants to come back.

TheOncomingStorm
TheOncomingStorm

I would like him back. I've been wondering since 2005 (The Empty Child) about the 2 missing years of his life.

The Finn
The Finn

Please no, I don't want Jack back.

Polyphase
Polyphase

 it’s up to Russell, Julie Gardner

Huh, How old is this story? They don't have anything to do with Doctor Who these days, Do they?

BrettStewart
BrettStewart

yeah I would like to see Jack back I have wounded myself how he became the face of boe.

TonySimmons
TonySimmons

Poor Johnny Barrowman, he does keep stamping his feet and protesting how the BBC keep ignoring his huge talent and much loved character . Guess he'll just have to stick with musical theatre

Ivegotnewkidneys on the 23rd
Ivegotnewkidneys on the 23rd

I would love him to return or a new series of torchwood overall in the whoniverse for 2011 I would say Doctor who 6A > SJA 5 > Torchwood miracle day > massive gap> Doctor Who 6B

DW_girl
DW_girl

I really do think he should return. Him and Capaldi will be great together!

Noybusiness
Noybusiness

"and also the hunger that there is for Torchwood."

You can say that again! John Barrowman took the words right out of my mouth. I want to see Russell T. Davies's final idea for Series 5. We know he has one.

sushigal007
sushigal007

I'm torn. On the one hand, I do like Captain Jack and I'd love to see Moffat explore the issue of his missing memories. On the other hand, making him immortal, turning him into the Face of Boe (still pretending to myself that it never happened and the name is a co-incidence!) and having CoE and MD happen in the same universe as DW throws up all sorts of continuity issues and really makes me wish he'd ended up in Pete's World at some point. Perhaps quietly ignoring him (and maybe pretending all of that was wiped out when Amy reset the universe) is the safest thing for Moffat to do.

mgm1229
mgm1229

I agree with the folks who point out that Jack could add legitimacy to alluding to Peter Capaldi's previous Who universe appearances. Certainly for Frobisher, which was a masterful, understated, poignant performance by PC; if Moffatt is making use of RTD's idea to connect the 12th Doctor to him, Jack would be a fantastic character to throw in the mix. I also think it would help bridge the two eras of New Who, because it seems like there is so much time wasted bickering about which one is better. My favorite theory is that they'll pretend Jack isn't involved and then surprise us, ala Asylum of the Daleks. My second hope is that somehow the 12th Doctor meets Donna, who recognizes him as Caecilius. I know she isn't supposed to remember life with the Doctor, but maybe as we are now two regenerations on, the rules about the meta-crisis can be tweaked. A fangirl can dream, can't I?

BlueBoxBum
BlueBoxBum

I think people forget that Davies killed off Torchwood in CoE. Literally. MD was just revisiting what was already in shambles. It's unfortunate that MD gets a bad rep, because the show was never going to be the same after CoE. 



Americanwhovian
Americanwhovian

There were some pretty open storylines at the end of miricle day that should be adressed

By_SJD
By_SJD

I had a dream about the beginning of a  new season of Torchwood just before I woke up this morning

Mercy Reborn2
Mercy Reborn2

I would love Jack to come back to Torchwood somehow or a spinoff with River, as they cant come back to who, and maybe a classic companion like Ace could come back or Romana.

Maybe somehow captain jack could have fallen into one of the cracks and ended up on an alternate earth where the later events of torchwood didnt happen



Liana21
Liana21

I want Torchwood back, it was a great series, I'd prefer that it was like the first two series, with a a big group and multiple stories.

Nightmarish
Nightmarish

I would love to have Jack back in Torchwood. Honestly I think it's a bit late to have him appear in Doctor Who but Torchwood or a Jack/River spinoff would be great. I like the Jack/River idea because they're both great characters who are (in my opinion) done with mainstream Who.

Deus_Ex_Machina
Deus_Ex_Machina

With the way series 4 ended, they need a series 5. Even just one more series to tie everything up would be great, although if they want to make more beyond that they can go for it. As long as it's an improvement on series 4. That series had a few little issues.

I've just started rewatching Torchwood this week. I've got the fast forward button on standby to skip any dodgy bits. And I got one of my friends who's a massive Who can to finally get into it as well. Next I have to get him into Big Finish...

Eradallion
Eradallion

Capaldi meeting Captain Jack would be bittersweet, though, 'cause I always wanted to see Matt meet him :(

Antee991166
Antee991166

To people saying they want Jack to return to DW, I'd much rather we have classic companions who have not appeared in decades than characters (that were great) that appeared only a few years ago. I wouldn't mind a new series of Torchwood, but I've still got a sour taste in my mouth after Miracle Day.

MeglosProductions
MeglosProductions

Torchwood can come back. Just make sure to erase Miracle day from history first, so we can have an alternate series 4 in Wales.

Adric the Genius
Adric the Genius

Captain Jack would be the ideal character to notice Capaldi's similarity to Frobisher.  It seems like an opportunity which is being missed.

KristinaBane
KristinaBane

Please get them back. Seriously BBC it is not the same without Captain Jack it is like not having Dr.Who on TV. Get it together at least Fox got the message and brought back 24 WITH Jack. Now it is BBC'S turn to do the same thing.

 Notsosmartguy  the dalek of Jersey
Notsosmartguy the dalek of Jersey

I feel having 12 and Clara (or his next companion) meet jack would be interesting. I think making use of Capaldi's other whoniverse appearances is a good idea.

DaireConstantineOReilly
DaireConstantineOReilly

Doctor who never addressed the children of earth Incedent , so I guess the miracle day incident will never be addressed either. Torchwood doesn't even exist has an organisation anymore so mabey they should concentrate on Unit and make U.N.I.T more like S.H.I.E.L.D.

They should make a UNIT series set in London to compete with SHILED.

TheOncomingSnow
TheOncomingSnow

Continuing Torchwood without retconning the utter nonsense that was Miracle Day is a no. Wouldn't mind him back on DW though.

Creepy_Ghoul
Creepy_Ghoul

If the story of the various Capaldi's in the Whoniverse is explained, then perhaps we will revisit that particular episode from Torchwood and that maybe allows Jack to come back.

shyx111
shyx111

I would have liked to see Jack and 11 together.

As for Torchwood, I'm not the biggest fan of the series...

Moxx
Moxx

Hooray! A new entry to fill the 'Spin-offs' section on the homepage! That's mildly satisfying.

Ivegotnewkidneys on the 23rd
Ivegotnewkidneys on the 23rd

@Polyphase  Doctor who no although Russel could return to write an episode but they're still in charge of Torchwood which is why the continuity between Doctor Who series 6 and Miracle day was like sandpaper

kuberater
kuberater

@TonySimmons  Obviously you have not seen his latest shows.  He is not waiting around for things to happen.  He has two shows on ITV in UK here he has Arrow and another show coming up in May on ABC.  He has a towering talent and as often as I have seen him he hasn't stamped his feet once over the lack of Torchwood.  

BJAMES
BJAMES

@Noybusiness That's unfortunately, what we don't actually know. I think that the combination of personal crisis (his partner's health scare) and career ambitions (hello LA, goodbye LA) kind of placed Russell in reset mode. He moved on to his Wizards and Aliens show with Phil Ford, which he's now moving away from. And now he's actually about to bring to life the two projects he was going to produce for the US cable network Showtime, for UK television instead, with former Doctor Who producer Piers Wenger on board for at least one of them, I have heard. It doesn't seem like Torchwood is even on Russell's radar at the moment.

JJ2000
JJ2000

@BlueBoxBum  Making Jack send them children away and killing his own grandson killed his character completely. It was a twist, but he is part of Doctor Who, so that was completely and utterly wrong. But I still like his character and I want him to return, plus for Torchwood's 10th Anniversary, they can change it so he didn't do it somehow? Now though, Gwen is my favourite character, she has always been the best and always will be. Her and Jilly's catfight in TORCHWOOD: Miracle Day: The Blood Line, was just absolutely AWESOME! GO GWEN COOPER!!!!

BJAMES
BJAMES

@BlueBoxBum It didn't need to be the same, but it could have still been Torchwood. The next step in its progression. Torchwood had a legacy and history that was already present well beyond and well before these characters we came to know, and there was no reason that there wouldn't having been rebuilding and a next chapter. It just didn't, in my opinion, need to go international to do so. Kind of like M16 asking for American money, because it felt it had to "go bigger". It was all about RTD and Julie Gardner taking the yellow brick road to Hollywood, and Julie, still working for the BBC but on the US side, is the only one still on that road.

Deus_Ex_Machina
Deus_Ex_Machina

And then he can magically bring Ianto back from the dead and they all killed aliens happy ever after...

TheDreamer
TheDreamer

@RobertLythgoe  Or alternatively, since Miracle Day does exist, we can simply have a series 5 in Wales.

BJAMES
BJAMES

@TheOncomingHurricane Miracle Day can easily be marginalized by just leaving Rex off of the table. But in my opinion, it would need to be firmly back within the BBC's creative purview. God knows what kind of rights might be tied up with RTD's deal with the Starz network. Bring it back to Cardiff, I say, and assemble a new team around Jack and Gwen. As for Jack on Doctor Who, I would need for there to be a really compelling story driven reason for his return. Not just for its own sake, or to placate us fans or John Barrowman. I do have more than a passing suspicion, however, that all considerations begin and end with RTD. I think his heart, mind, and creativity are elsewhere now.

MrGuymanwatch
MrGuymanwatch

Miracle Day happened whether you like it or not, ignoring it would demonstrate a total lack of artistic integrity.

Deus_Ex_Machina
Deus_Ex_Machina

It's not too late. One day, in 20-30 years time, Big Finish will release a trilogy of stories where the two share a series of adventures together.

Deus_Ex_Machina
Deus_Ex_Machina

Every 10,000 years, on a blue moon, when the planets align in such a way, there's an update to the spin-offs section.

TonySimmons
TonySimmons

I stand corrected ref Johnny's towering talent, thank you

BJAMES
BJAMES

@kuberater @TonySimmons You're absolutely correct. He's definitely not rolling in the ashes. And there's he and his sister Carole's books as well. He's definitely moving ahead with and in his career.