Just days ago we revealed the tantalizing addition of Mr. John Barrowman to the cast of ABC’s saucy treat, Scandal. In a shocking turn of events, however, it seems Shonda Rimes wanted the geek god, but Doctor Who‘s 50th Anniversary did not! Barrowman isn’t involved in the occasion, not because he didn’t want to be, but because no one asked!
Captain Jack set the record straight. He is one Doctor Who alum who you will not see during the upcoming 50th anniversary special. He told TVLine why.
“Everyone on Twitter tries to make it like it’s my decision, but the bottom line is I was not asked,” he said. “[The Powers That Be] don’t want to put Jack in it. And I know fans are really upset about it, as was I.”
If anyone is pointing fingers at Barrowman’s busy schedule, they are just plain wrong. Yes, the actor has a recurring role on The CW’s Arrow, and yes, Rhimes has enlisted him for a guest stint on ABC’s Scandal, but he was interested in the event and was given permission to attend.
“People have tried to say it’s my schedule,” he said. “It’s absolutely not. I was told by the producers of Arrow that if I was asked to do the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who they’d let me go and do it. It was nothing to do with my schedule. It’s just a matter of fact that I wasn’t asked.”
He added, “I understand why they did it. They want to move forward, they want to try some different things… I know from how [former EP exec producer Russell T. Davies] approached things, they’re not doing [the special] just for the uber fan; they’re doing it for the wider audience. And if they’re going to bring a character back it wouldn’t be just for the uber fan, it would be for everybody. So perhaps that’s the thinking they had. I don’t know.”
And so it goes that even without Barrowman, the anniversary special will air on BBC America later this year.