John Barrowman on the future of Captain Jack Harkness
John Barrowman has been chatting about the future of Torchwood, and of Captain Jack Harkness...
Since he left our screens for the last time (to date) at the end of Torchwood: Miracle Day back in 2011, John Barrowman has continued to field questions about whether or not the character of Captain Jack Harkness would return on screen. But with the Torchwood TV show in a sort of limbo at the moment, and with Captain Jack not currently part of Doctor Who, might his days on screen be numbered?
Speaking to NerdBastards.com (an interview we're just catching up with!), Barrowman was asked whether he thought he'd played Captain Jack for the last time. "I have no idea", he admitted. "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. And also, the Arrow producers have said that if I’m asked to do something like that, they would let me. They would see that I was able to do it".
Furthermore, he thinks that there's lots left to explore with regards Captain Jack's story. "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 [T Davies], Julie Gardner, and the BBC".
Russell T Davies is back in the UK now, and has been dealing with matters of far greater importance than a TV show. We suspect that Torchwood will return, and Captain Jack with it, only if Davies wants to do it again, and has time to do so.
In the meantime, Barrowman and his sister, Carol E Barrowman, have written several novels taking the Torchwood series onwards...
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