“Doctor Who” is experiencing some major changes soon. Showrunner Steven Moffat is stepping down and will be replaced with Chris Chibnall. The new boss previously wrote for “Torchwood,” the “Who” spinoff that focused on Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman). Naturally, fans asked Barrowman what he thought about the change Sunday during a fan convention, the Heroes and Villains Fan Fest in New Jersey.
“Good luck to Steve and Chris Chibnall,” Barrowman said (via ComicBook.com). “Apparently he is coming back in? Which is really ironic because before Christmas I wrote to Chris Chibnall and said ‘I would love for you to be the showrunner on this new script that I have written and might be picked up.’ And he didn't reply – now I know why! But yeah, Chris Chibnall, I love Chris. Chris wrote a lot for Captain Jack, so, who knows.”
Barrowman hasn’t been seen as the immortal soldier since “Torchwood” wrapped up in 2011, nor has he appeared on “Doctor Who” since showrunner Russell T. Davies stepped down in 2010. However, time hasn’t stopped Barrowman from campaigning to return.
“I have to be honest, one person who’s keeping Captain Jack alive is John Barrowman,” the actor told Ipswich Star in May. “Because I’m plugging him, promoting him and making sure he’s kept out there because one day he will return. I think they would be very silly not to bring him back.”
Still, Barrowman is currently busy with his role as Malcolm Merlyn on “Arrow.” The villain recently became immortal when he took on Ra’s Al Ghul’s position at the end of last season. Unlike Captain Jack, Malcolm isn’t using his powers for good, and it doesn’t look like he’ll disappear any time soon. “But, I have to say, I'm an ‘Arrow’ man at the moment,” Barrowman told con attendees.
“Doctor Who” Season 10 premieres in Spring 2017 on BBC America. “Arrow” airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. EST on The CW.