After we reported earlier this month that Torchwood star, John Barrowman, was reportedly in talks with show bosses about his character, Captain Jack, making an appearance in the Doctor Who 50th anniversary celebrations, he has now confirmed on Twitter that this will not be happening!
Barrowman, who played Captain Jack Harkness in both Doctor Who and its spin-off series, Torchwood, had previously expressed a desire to take part in the celebrations, which include a special commemorative episode and a BBC2 docu-film depicting the shows creation, to be screened later this year.
And it seemed as though his dreams were about to come true after he announced on ITV daytime chat show, This Morning, that he had been approached by bosses to join the cast to mark the occasion.
Talking about the project on the show, Barrowman explained:
“I haven’t had any information up until just about right now. And all I can say to you is that we’re discussing things – you guys are the first to ever hear it.”
He added: “Even yesterday I was giving interviews and I was saying I had heard nothing and now I can give you a little bit of an exclusive – I’ve heard something.”
However, he has now retracted this statement on the social networking site, tweeting to followers:
“I will not be involved in the 50th Anniversary Episode of Dr WHO.”
Whilst his sister, Carole, revealed in a subsequent interview that “The BBC are mad at him,” for suggesting that he was.
The Doctor’s 50th birthday celebrations currently include a special episode which will be shown in 3D both on television and cinemas, as well as the biopic docu-film, An Adventure In Space And Time.
An Adventure In Space And Time, which Gatiss recently admitted was first considered 10 years ago to mark the shows 40th anniversary, will tell the story of Verity Lambert, who was the producer who developed the original series into the popular TV series it remains to this day.
Speaking to The Radio Times earlier this month, Gatiss, who is also one of the amazing pens behind rival BBC drama, Sherlock, said: “I’ve been trying to do this for years – I tried to do it for the 40th anniversary! And before that, really – it’s taken about 12 years.”
“It’s a real labour of love for me and I’m just really thrilled that everything’s come together for the 50th…It just seems exactly the right time, and a wonderful cast and it’s a very lovely story.”
Meanwhile Doctor Who returns to our BBC screens at 6.10pm on Saturday 30th March with The Bells Of St John, watch the promo trailer for it in the clip below: