Torchwood star, John Barrowman, has revealed that he is currently in talks with Doctor Who bosses to take part in this year’s 50th anniversary celebrations.
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.
However now it would seem that this dream is currently in plans to be turned into a reality as he announced on ITV daytime chat show, This Morning, on Friday that he has now 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.”
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 the first episode of the new series of Doctor Who, which is due to air on March 30th, has had its title and image revealed ahead of the premier.
The Bells Of St John is set in London amidst many iconic landmarks, old and new, and will feature a new nemesis, the Spoonheads, who the Doctor will go into battle with when he makes a sinister discovery in the Wi-Fi connection!
The new series, which has almost been overshadowed due to the shows 50th anniversary celebrations to be held later this year, is set to be one not to miss, with show head honcho, Steven Moffatt promising that this series alone would make this year the most exciting yet for the Doctor, even without the 50th birthday!
Speaking to the Daily Mirror newspaper, Moffatt explained: “It’s the 50th year of Doctor Who and look what’s going on. We’re up in the sky and under the sea! We’re running round the rings of an alien world and then a haunted house.
“There’s new Cybermen, new Ice Warriors and a never before attempted journey to the centre of the Tardis. And in the finale, the Doctor’s greatest secret will at last be revealed. If this wasn’t already our most exciting year it would be anyway.”
Watch the trailer for the new series of Doctor Who in the clip below:
Doctor Who, The Bells Of Saint John, can be seen at on Saturday March 30th on BBC1/BBC1 HD – to find out when CLICK HERE