Doctor Who John Barrowman talks show secrets from fake scenes to surprise return

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John Barrowman is celebrating his 54th birthday today while in lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic.

So to celebrate the iconic actor's birthday, Daily Star Online has taken a look back at all the Doctor Who secrets he has ever spilled while playing the fan-favourite character Captain Jack Harkness.

He first appeared as Captain Jack in the episode The Empty Child in 2005.

The character was so well loved he even landed his own spin-off series, Torchwood, which premièred in October 2006.

John has continued to appear as Captain Jack in several episodes of Doctor Who from 2007 to 2010, as well as a surprise cameo in the 2020 story Fugitive of the Judoon.

Here are his secrets…

He faked a house renovation

John once went to the absolute extremes to make sure it didn't get out that he was filming for Doctor Who.

It came as Captain Jack returned to make his first on-screen appearance in a decade to he delivered an important message to Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor.

The US-based star managed to sneak over to Cardiff to film by lying to people about what he was doing in Wales.

He told his social media followers at the time that he was in the country to oversee renovations on his property in Cardiff.

In 2020 he told the Radio Times: "When I was over filming, this whole thing about renovating my flat in Cardiff was a total lie… at first.

"I felt bad but I had to think of something to throw people off the path of what I was doing in Cardiff.

"Because I was being seen all over the place. And people are like ‘Well what are you doing here?’ and I just said ‘Well I’m renovating one of the properties that we have.’"

And the star really did keep his little secret up.

At the time he uploaded many posts onto his Instagram of things he had bought for his "home renovation".

"I actually then did have to renovate it," he laughed. "Because of the fib I was telling I had to really do it, because I had to show it online.

"So I’m sitting here right now, in the flat in Cardiff. It’s renovated, it’s beautiful, and it was a lie at first."

Now that's dedication!

Some secrets he couldn't keep

For years Doctor Who fans begged for Captain Jack to make a return so when he did for the 2020 episode 'Fugitive of the Judoon' bosses told him to keep it a very strict secret.

However, John later admitted he didn't exactly keep it to himself.

Once the episode came out, John owned up to telling a few people that he was returning for the one off.

John said he told his husband Scott as he was allowed to but also cheekily let slip to a few others.

He revealed he told his mum, dad, big sister, Russell TV Davies and former Doctor David Tennant.

John wrote on Instagram: "The only person that I’ve told, and I was allowed to tell, was my husband Scott.

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"And also I told my Mom and Dad. And my big Sister.

"I txt @russelltdavies63. And oh, I have to tell you, I told David Tennant. #JackIsBack."

Fugitive of the Judoon is the fifth episode of the twelfth series of the British science fiction television programme, first broadcast on BBC One on 26 January 2020.

It was written by Vinay Patel and current showrunner Chris Chibnall, and directed by Nida Manzoor.

The Judoon search modern-day Gloucester for a fugitive, and the Thirteenth Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) and her companions Graham O'Brien (Bradley Walsh), Ryan Sinclair (Tosin Cole), and Yasmin Khan (Mandip Gill).

The episode sees the surprise return of Captain Jack Harkness, and introduces Jo Martin as Ruth Clayton, a character revealed to be a previously unseen incarnation of the Doctor.

The episode was watched by 5.57 million viewers overall, and received mostly positive reviews from critics.

Tragic fan theory he wants explored

There are many fan theories surrounding the character of Captain Jack but there is one even John himself wants investigated.

Speaking to The Mirror in 2020 ahead of his eagerly-awaited Christmas special return for feature-length episode Revolution of the Daleks on New Year's Day, he revealed what theory he would like explored.

John told the publication: "I have such joy when I play him and I'd love to play him now and continue to explore other things with him, like how he becomes the Face of Boe, how his relationship with the Doctor develops to that timeline.

"I think he knows and Jack doesn't reveal, because whenever you see Jack he's always like 'Heyyyy Doctor' or kissing people."

John went on to say the Face of Boe theory, which fans have debated for years, is still unconfirmed and is purely his own speculation.

He said: "I think – and this is not a writer's theory, this is my fan theory – that Jack as the Face of Boe knows that he's going to die soon and he's educating and leading the Doctor and the Doctor's come to him for millennia for advice.

"And Jack knows when he does die there's a point in time when the Doctor will know – when Jack says 'they used to call me the Face of Boe' – that he will realise that's who it is and he wants that moment."

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