Birthdays bring people together and thatâ€™s why in the run up to Doctor Whoâ€™s 50th bash, weâ€™re looking at whoâ€™s likely to be joining in the celebrations. Still waiting for an invite, though, is John Barrowman who made an impression as Captain Jack Harkness. â€śI read somewhere that the reason they hadnâ€™t asked was because of my schedule,â€ť he tells us, â€śwell, I can say firmly here and now that that is a load of rubbish. I havenâ€™t been asked and I always work my schedule around Torchwood and Doctor Who, theyâ€™re always a priority.â€ť
Despite landing a role in new superhero series Arrow, Barrowman is still orbiting the Whoniverse and recently co-wrote his first Torchwood novel, Exodus Code. He did have this to say, however: â€śI have to tell fans out there that Iâ€™m not waiting around at a table waiting for that phone call, although I would love to get that call, but Iâ€™m out pursuing other things.â€ť
Oddly, our favourite Time Agent is yet to meet the Eleventh Time Lord but the actors would love to fix a date. â€śI met Matt Smith when he got the role and we both said we thought itâ€™d be cool if their paths would cross,â€ť he says. â€śItâ€™s not up to us though, itâ€™s up to the higher powers, but if Iâ€™m asked I would do it at the drop of a hat.â€ť
There was a clear chemistry between David Tennantâ€™s Doctor and the omnisexual Jack Harkness, and we canâ€™t help wonder what it would be like this time around. â€śThatâ€™s something that would be so great to look into, to see how Steven [Moffat] would have the two meet and how they would respond to each other, and whether they would even know each other is,â€ť he says. â€śJackâ€™s not daft so I think he would sense something straight away, like Sarah Jane when David [Tennant] was playing the Doctor, she knew immediately who he was, there was a sixth sense there.â€ť
But thereâ€™s one character that Barrowman would like to meet even more than the Doctor: â€śWhat Iâ€™d really love to see is Jack and River Song!â€ť he says. â€śThat would be very interestingâ€¦â€ť The Doctorâ€™s spouse has since filled the position of outrageous flirt that Captain Jack left behind, so who would win in a battle of the innuendos? Barrowman doesnâ€™t fancy his chances: â€śI think it would have to be a tie!â€ť
John Barrowman’s Exodus Code is available now.