Wednesday 25 November 2020

Captain Jack's back in Doctor Who Christmas special

This month marks the 57th anniversary of Doctor Who and there's plenty for fans (myself included) to celebrate.

From the return of Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman), last seen in Series 12, to the introduction of Jo Grant (Katy Manning) in The Collection: Season 10 Blu-ray (affiliate link). The latter features the iconic debut of The Master, played by the late Roger Delgado, in Terror of the Autons, which I first saw at the 20th anniversary celebration at Longleat. Season 10 features some of my favourite Target novelisations from the classic era.

Barrowman, who fronted spin-off series Torchwood, said: “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 promised “an epic and emotional feature-length episode".

He 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.”

Matt Strevens, executive producer for BBC Studios, 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.”

Revolution of the Daleks will air during the upcoming festive period on BBC One and BBC America.

To cap it all, on a personal level, it was an unexpected pleasure to see my tweet republished in the official Doctor Who Magazine (DWM). This is the third time my prose has appeared. I've been watching Doctor Who for as long as I can remember...

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