Tonight’s episode of Doctor Who turned out to be one of the most shocking we’ve had in years. For the last couple of days, the BBC’s social media accounts have been teasing a surprise appearance, but we definitely were not expecting who turned up 15 minutes into the outing. It was none other than the one and only Captain Jack Harkness, as played by John Barrowman.
In “Fugitive of the Judoon,” the TARDIS team had to deal with a platoon of brutish Rhino-headed space police the Judoon storming through modern-day Gloucester on the hunt for a disguised alien. During all this, though, the Doctor’s companions started being teleported away without her knowledge. Who was behind it? A certain immortal Time Agent, of course. Jack had been attempting to nab the Time Lord herself, but the forcefield the Judoon had put around the town had disrupted the equipment on his (stolen) spaceship.
With the Doctor out of his reach and his time running out as the spaceship’s security nanogenes attacked him, Jack imparted a warning to Ryan, Yaz and Graham: they will soon meet the Lone Cyberman. But, whatever they do, they mustn’t give it what it wants. And with that he was gone.
Barrowman’s role didn’t amount to a whole lot of screentime, but given that this marks his first screen appearance as the character for almost a decade, it meant a lot to fans, as evidenced below:
— Rads (@raddytaddy111) January 26, 2020
So flipping excited !!!!!! We love you Captain Jack and JB of course thank you, thank you, thank you for making my year ❤️
— Bouncergirl2 (@bouncergirl2) January 26, 2020
Captain Jack! 🤗
— LD Blakeley 💕☕🍷 (@LDBlakeley) January 26, 2020
— Glam8Girl (@Glam8G) January 26, 2020
CAPTAIN JACK HACKNESS, WELCOME BACK.
Still in love with the Doctor, I see. #DoctorWho
— Resa (@MastersHearts) January 26, 2020
the fact that captain jack harkness returned AND we have another Doctor and Tardis around is hurting my brain in a good way
— 𝕖𝕥𝕙𝕒𝕟 / ii-chan (@subspace_esw) January 26, 2020
Holy crap, they managed to bring back Captain Jack and NOT neuter him – was Chibnall placed in a straight-jacket when someone else wrote those scenes ? #DoctorWho
— Chris King (@ChrisWithTheBat) January 26, 2020
CAPTAIN JACK HARKNESS CAPTAIN JACK HARKNESS
— Beatriz (@raffertymacht) January 26, 2020
The newest #DoctorWho episode was absolutely thrilling!!! Loved it!!! I was recently saying how I was hoping that Captain Jack would come back!!! So happy he did!! 💫💕☺️
— Melissa (@Melissa55152208) January 26, 2020
The return of Captain Jack Harkness…. What a moment! #DoctorWho
— Amy (@AaronsRobert) January 26, 2020
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Shortly after the episode broadcast, Radio Times shared an interview with the actor in which he chatted about his excitement over donning Jack’s iconic coat again, with the star saying:
“It feels absolutely amazing. I’ve always been holding the torch to eventually bring Jack back, because I know the love that the fanbase and the Whovians around the world have for him.”
Though Barrowman has continually reprised his role in audio form for Big Finish Productions, this is the first time he’s played Jack in live-action since spinoff Torchwood ended back in 2011. For the Arrow star, it was a joy to return to the character – who’s still the same as he always was.
“Without giving too much of the story away, it’s the same Jack you know. He’s flirtatious, he’s sassy, he’s also determined. So Hallelujah – Jack is back!”
Given Jack’s knowledge of future events, it’s highly likely that we haven’t seen the last of Barrowman in this season of Doctor Who. Captain Jack is back, people!
Source: Radio Times