Don't expect the esteemed Captain Jack Harkness to make his presence felt in the "Doctor Who" 50th Anniversary special.
While it was confirmed that David Tennant would make a return for the anticipated event, it doesn't appear he will be bringing his frequent running buddy Harkness along for the adventure. Barrowman confirmed to TV Line that he would not be returning to the role, though it certainly was not due to lack of time.
Contrary to prior speculation, Barrowman insisted that he was not asked to participate in the special. "Everyone on Twitter tries to make it like it's my decision, but the bottom line is I was not asked," he said. "[The producers] don't want to put Jack in it. And I know fans are really upset about it, as was I."
He continued, "People have tried to say it's my schedule - 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."
While the actor was upset that his character would not play a role in such a big event, he stated that he understood the reasoning behind it. "I understand why they did it. They want to move forward, they want to try some different things," Barrowman said. "I know from how [former showrunner Russell T Davies] approaches things, they're not doing it 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."
Are you upset that Harkness and the Torchwood gang won't play into the special?