‘Torchwood’ star John Barrowman keen to explore Jack’s ‘missing years’

John Barrowman has revealed that he believes “there’s a lot more to tell” with his Doctor Who and Torchwood character Captain Jack.

Asked if he thinks he’s played Jack Harkness for the last time, Barrowman told Nerd Bastards: “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.”

He commented: “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.”

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Barrowman was last seen on screen as Captain Jack in Torchwood: Miracle Day, which concluded in September 2011.

The actor added: “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 [T Davies], Julie Gardner, and the BBC.”

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Discussing Peter Capaldi’s casting as the Doctor, Barrowman said: “I’ve worked with him, I think he’s a great actor. He was in Torchwood: Children of Earth, he’s also done some Doctor Who stuff, and he’s just a brilliant actor. I think he’ll be very very good. It’s very interesting the way they’ve gone, first with Chris, then David, and then Matt being very young, and now they’ve gone to someone who is Tom Baker’s age when he started, as Peter is now. So it’s a very interesting step and I think it will be a good one.”

Would you like to see Captain Jack return? Let us know below…

  • Shin

    I think it would be awesome for Captain Jack to appear in series 8 in at least one episode.

  • tig

    yes!!!!!! It will be great if he come back!

  • Jake

    As long as the new series of Torchwood isn’t like the atrocity that was Miracle Day, I’d pounce at it.

  • Jolie

    I would LOVE to have Jack back! I’d love to see Torchwood return. Failing that, I’ll settle for some appearances in upcoming Who episodes.

  • Tam

    Move Jack back to the UK and Torchwood back to the BBC and I’m in.

  • Triin

    You bet! Would love to get a glimpse of him again! c:

  • Kara Dennison

    Jack might have a fit if he saw the Doctor looking like Frobisher — and at the same time I think that could make for a really cool/freaky episode.

    • Sameul

      That could definitely work, but at the same time, they can’t have him come on Doctor Who and make that connection, because not everyone who watches Doctor Who watches Torchwood, so a lot of people may be clueless towards that.

      • Kara Dennison

        I think a good writer could do a decent job of getting the basics across for those who don’t. They’ve said they’re likely to address the presence of Frobisher anyway (they just never mention how or with whom), so I guess they’ll have to figure out a way eventually — or already have 🙂

  • Gmariam

    I would to see him on DW again. His story is definitely not over, nor is his interaction with the Doctor. As for more TW, I think I would miss the other three team members too much. Best thing would be to send Jack to Pete’s world so we can see Tosh, Owen, and Ianto again!!

  • Nick

    Damn. Jack come back!

  • Callisto_10

    Of course. Who wouldn’t?

  • Morgan

    YASSSSSS…..that is all.

  • michele fearn

    100% we want Capt Jack back in Torchwood but in Cardiff. Starz may have more money but it wasn’t as good as the previous series

  • Glaciusx

    PLEASE, DO IT. I’m sad Jack never got the chance to meet the Eleventh Doctor….but this would make up for it.

  • James

    If Captain Jack or Torchwood do not return in the near future, then many people will be devastated. But if Captain Jack DOES return, but John Barrowman is not the actor cast as him, then EVERY fan will be PISSED.

    • SINWillett

      I don’t think even Moffat is THAT dumb

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  • Pyro411

    Hmm Cpt Jack showing back up in the who universe would be awesome, however I seem to have a sinking feeling those 2 years he has missing are going to be explained away far too easily…

    Captain Jack was investigating the ever common “Bad Wolf” wording everywhere there was a temporal tipping point until he ultimately runs into an instance of Rose Tyler / Bad Wolf who tells him his journey has just begun and must wipe his memory for him to complete the next leg of his mission into finding Bad Wolf in an effort to keep the doctor alive long enough to become #13 / Rebooted #1

  • john

    Bring back Captain Jack Harkness… Not the other, Captain jack sparrow

  • Lisa Ours

    More Torchwood, more Captain Jack background. We deserve more of both! The following Torchwood and Jack have is Ginormous. How can R.T.D. and the BBC ignore that?

  • nina

    Yes, yes, yes, yes. Thousand times YES ! I vote for Captain Jack . Bring him back to us 🙂

  • Grayson

    I think it’s going to be very difficult getting Jack on DW again. It was plausible for the Anniversary, but… Russel T Davies owns Jack. Moffat wrote his premier, but that was it, and it was for an episode Davies ordered. Was it not? He’s an RTD character. Moffat’s running Doctor Who now. And he has really always very much liked to make the show HIS own interpretation of itself.

  • lizie

    Yes as long as its a full season and not just one of the mini sort seasons

  • Bobbi Style

    Filmed and produced in and by the UK, yes!

  • Gids

    Yes why not. Would be interesting. 🙂

  • Tara Fiddyment

    yes please more Jack.

  • Iris Halliez

    YESSSS! Please bring Captain Jack back!!!!

  • SINWillett

    I’d kill for Cpt. Jack to be in the story again. Hell I’d fucking pay for Barrowman to go back.

  • serene23

    Jack definitely needs to come back! However, Baker was in his early 40’s when he started John.

  • Alfecat

    I LOVE to have Jack back!

  • RJ

    I would love to see Torchwood back! and anything with Captain Jack! 😀

  • Rae

    I would love to know, how Jack becomes the face of boe.

  • amcndrmr

    Please bring back Capt. Jack Harkness,!!!!!! There is so much we have to learn about him. His marriage, his daughter…how he became the face of boe…..

  • Adrienne Dellwo

    Yes! I miss Captain Jack! I agree with others that it should be back in the UK.

  • adam nelson

    He should be on doctor who

  • adam nelson

    He should return to doctor who

  • vlg

    ummmmm, Capaldi is 56 john!!! He is Hartnells age, not Baker,

  • Edwin D. Savoy

    I would like to see Jack back in Torchwood, Dr. Who, or any other genre as long as they don’t reinvent him using artistic liberties.

  • AsticatsMom

    Yes, please! Give us more Torchwood and more Jack!

  • Harold Saxon

    I’d love to see him back in who and am looking forward the new torchwood audio series

  • Richard890

    have Jack in space, the earth adventures need to be over.