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John Barrowman and Stephen Moffat get into a dispute over Torchwood’s return…

September 21st, 2016 by Marc Comments

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If there’s one thing John Barrowman is passionalte about, it’s a return to Torchwood and the character of captain Jack Harkness that made him famous in the Doctor Who universe.

And don’t get us wrong, no TV Show seemed to be able to change and twist quite like Torchwood, so we definitely think it could be a show that would find a home easily in the new world of sci-fi and fantasy loving TV shows.

But it looks like Barrowman may have stepped on some very important toes in his ongoing campaign to get the show to return.

At a panel at the Honolulu Comic Con Barrowman said: “Without giving too much information away, I was on a phone call with one of our executive producers, telling me the obstacles we’d have to face in order to bring [Torchwood] back. And I don’t like to see obstacles, because my feeling is that it’s a good show and it deserves to come back. And being told that it can’t until it’s got approval with certain people involved with Doctor Who…

“I don’t understand why one show has to have the approval of another in order to come back. But that might change when somebody leaves.”

The problem was, the whole thing was videoed and Tweeted out (you can watch it at the bottom of this article), so there’s not going back now… the internet has it!

And it was noticed. By the only person that Barrowman could be talking about… Stephen Moffat, current Doctor Who (and Sherlock) showrunner. And he seems a little disgruntled about the comments: “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.”

Oof… it looks like Moffat is pretty annoyed to be dragged into this who thing. And if he’s telling the truth, who can blame him?

Has Barrowman gone too far? Let us know your thoughts, guys…

The Tweet that started it all…

Source: Digital Spy and Doctor Who News

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….

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