The various versions of the Doctor (Doctors Who?) have had several male companions during the show’s decades-long run, but few have proven as popular as Captain Jack Harkness, played by John Barrowman, who served as a companion to the Ninth and Tenth Doctors, played by Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant. Captain Jack proved so successful that he was given his own spin-off series, ‘Torchwood’ which ran from 2006-2011, including an ill-fated final season that was a collaboration between the BBC and U.S. cable network Starz.
The character hasn’t been seen on TV since, but Barrowman has frequently expressed a willingness, even a desire, to return to the role that made him famous and that hasn’t stopped with time. He recently spoke to ‘Doctor Who: The Fan Show’ on YouTube and once again voiced a desire to return to ‘Doctor Who’, preferably before the current Twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi departs.
“I actually would like to see Peter Capaldi’s Doctor meet Jack. The Doctor’s a little bit older, perfect – Jack’s matured a little bit. Would that spark still be there? Would Jack still feel the same about him?
Would he think, ‘I’m not sure about your cape there, sir. What happened to the coat? Why a cape? Why have you gone all Dracula on me!?’”
Barrowman’s Captain Jack will be featured in the Big Finish audio boxed set ‘The Lives of Captain Jack’ which will be released this June. Barrowman has already reprised his role in a number of Big Finish audio dramas. For this project, he will be joined by Russell Tovey as Midshipman Alonso Frame, Camille Coduri as Rose’s mum Jackie Tyler, Katy Manning as companion Jo Grant, and the Fan Show’s Christel Dee among others.
You can watch the Fan Show video featuring Dee’s recording session below:
You can pick up this four-story set this June.
At this point, there have been no indications on the part of the BBC regarding a Barrowman return, but with this being Capaldi’s farewell season, anything could be possible.
Would you like to see Captain Jack Harkness board the TARDIS again?