John Barrowman upset over Doctor Who snub

John Barrowman is "really upset" not to be taking part in the 'Doctor Who' 50th anniversary episode and insists he was never approached to reprise his role as Captain Jack Harkness for the special

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John Barrowman

John Barrowman

John Barrowman is "really upset" not to be taking part in the 'Doctor Who' 50th anniversary episode.

The 46-year-old actor insists he hasn't been approached to reprise his role as Captain Jack Harkness - who he also played in spin-off show 'Torchwood' - and if he had, bosses on his current drama 'Arrow' had already agreed to alter filming schedules to accommodate the sci-fi special.

He told TV Line: "Everyone on Twitter tries to make it like it's my decision, but the bottom line is I was not asked.

"[The producers] don't want to put Jack in it. And I know fans are really upset about it, as was I.

"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."

However, John insists he understands the decision as his character may not offer appeal to the "wider audience".

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 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."

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