Captain Jack made a surprise appearance in the Series 12 episode, Fugitive of the Judoon with a stark warning for Yaz, Ryan and Graham to pass on to the Doctor before disappearing.
The official information given is as follows:
In the upcoming special titled, Revolution of the Daleks, Captain Jack will be on hand to help ‘the fam’ as they discover a disturbing plan forming involving one of the Doctor’s most feared and dangerous enemies, the Daleks. With the thirteenth Doctor locked away in a space prison, will Captain Jack be able to help save planet Earth?
On returning for the Festive Special, John Barrowman MBE revealed:
“Putting on Jack’s coat and setting foot back on the set of Doctor Who was just like going back home. It’s always thrilling to play Captain Jack. He’s a character very close to my heart who changed my life, and to know the fans love him as much as I do makes his return even sweeter. I hope everyone enjoys Jack’s Heroic adventure with Thirteen.”
Executive Producer Chris Chibnall said:
“A Doctor Who festive special means treats galore, and there’s no bigger treat than the return of John Barrowman to Doctor Who, for an epic and emotional feature-length episode. If anyone can blast away the sheer rubbishness of 2020, it’s Captain Jack. Daleks beware!”
BBC Studios Executive Producer Matt Strevens added:
“After a tantalisingly brief appearance in Fugitive of the Judoon it’s a total joy and thrill to welcome back John as Captain Jack. One of the most iconic characters in Doctor Who lore, his presence ignites this Festive Special from the start.”
What have we gleaned from this small press release? First, Captain Jack somehow manages to make an incendiary appearance in Sheffield to help Graham, Yaz and Ryan with their Dalek problem. Second, it appears Captain Jack avoided being apprehended for his spaceship theft in Fugitive of the Judoon and is not one of the Doctor’s fellow prisoners.
It was previously speculated that the Revolution of the Daleks trailer would be released immediately following The Timeless Children watch-along on Doctor Who Day November 23, but instead fans were treated to the Captain Jack announcement.
JACK IS BACK! What a great way to celebrate #DoctorWhoDay Captain Jack Harkness returns for an epic adventure with 13 and the team. Jb #captainJackharkness @BBCOne @bbcdoctorwho @DoctorWho_BBCA @DrWhoOnline @RadioTimes @BBCAMERICA pic.twitter.com/o4zm3M9RcQ
— John Barrowman MBE (@JohnBarrowman) November 23, 2020
Written by Chris Chibnall and directed by Lee Haven Jones, Revolution of the Daleks will air over the festive period on BBC One with more details to be revealed soon – the most glaring missing detail being its air date. The longer fans must wait for the announcement of the air date, the more likely the special will air New Year’s day rather than Christmas day.