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Barrowman firmly pointed the finger in Steven Moffat’s direction.

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John Barrowman suggested

In a somewhat surprising update to yesterday’s story where John Barrowman suggested “certain egos” and “politics” were stopping the return of Torchwood to the screens, the Captain Jack actor has now firmly pointed the finger in Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat’s direction.

Speaking in a video released on Twitter, Barrowman says:

“Without giving too much away I was on phone conversations with one of our executives/exec producers, telling me the obstacles we’d have to face in order to bring [Torchwood] back and i don’t like to see things as obstacles because my feeling is that it’s a good show, it deserves to come back and i’m being told it can’t come back until it’s got approval from certain people involved with Doctor Who and i don’t understand why one show has to have the approval of another in order for it to come back but that might change when somebody leaves, when somebody new and wonderful comes in.”

The emphasis placed on “somebody leaves” would seem to point the finger squarely at Steven Moffat. Moffat of course departing Doctor Who at the end of the forthcoming Series 10, being replaced by Broadchurch‘s Chris Chibnall.

Speaking previously to the Radio Times, Barrowman had said:

“I was told that there are some obstacles to overcome, and every time I tried to talk about a way around them, it was almost like there was another obstacle. And this is a personal thing for me, this is not anything that was discussed, but I find it really a little disheartening that a company like the BBC can’t just say ‘Put your egos aside, we’re gonna go forward with this.”

John went on to state how much those involved would love to see another series, citing “politics” as the major obstacle in the way of a return:

“I travel all over the world, and I see the popularity of Torchwood, but when it comes down that it’s not being done because of people’s egos, I find that really difficult. There’s a lot of politics involved, and the people that are close to it, I think would love to see it done, but there’s just certain egos in the path that are just standing in the way. That’s all I’ll say… I think obstacles are things that you have to work through. And you know, if it is a never scenario, it doesn’t mean that I’m gonna stop trying, as will a lot of other people on my side.”

 

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Moffat release a statement

The backlash apparently got so bad that Moffat has now had to release a statement (via Doctor Who News) telling angry Torchwood fans to back off:

You may be aware that John Barrowman has been saying, publicly, that I’ve been blocking a new series of Torchwood. To be very clear—I haven’t blocked it; I wouldn’t block it; I wouldn’t even be ABLE to block it. I didn’t even know a revival had been mooted till I read about it on the Internet. As John perfectly well knows, it’s not my show and I could no more prevent it happening that he could cancel Sherlock. I am bewildered, and a little cross, even to be included in this conversation.

For the record, I really liked the show (especially the third series) and would be very happy to see more – monsters and mayhem, why not? But the fact is, it has nothing to do with me. Please pass this on to the anxious and the angry – I’ve had enough hate mail now.

Probably not the best idea to engender ill will with the person currently heading up the show you’re eager to cameo on, but there we go. If there is someone at the BBC trying to hold back a return of Torchwood, it’s not Steven Moffat.

[Digital Spy]

For those missing Torchwood, there are two series’ of audio adventures available from Big Finish, with a third planned for 2017. John Barrowman meanwhile will return to the role of Captain Jack, also in 2017, with The Lives of Captain Jack, also from Big Finish.

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