Poor Matt Smith. Seems that Torchwood’s John Barrowman—who is, as always, more than willing to reprise his character of immortal Captain Jack Harkness in anything Who-related—is ready to do a Doctor Who movie … IF it’s done with David Tennant as the Doctor.
That’s what the always-chatty 44-year-old actor revealed in an interview with RTE, where he also broached the subject of what’s happening with Torchwood and why it hasn’t been commissioned for a fifth series yet, even though Torchwood: Miracle Day ended its run a couple weeks back.
About whether a fifth season of Torchwood was in the cards, Barrowman said:
“If there’s a pause button, we’ve pushed the pause button now because we don’t know what’s happening. I would love to do a new series and I will play Captain Jack as long as they want me to play Captain Jack, but it’s in limbo at the moment and beyond my control.”
Meaning: Don’t get your hopes up, Torchwood fans. The actor then added that he would, however, love to see his omnisexual character make a splash on the big screen:
“I think that Torchwood, more so than Doctor Who, lends itself to being a big film because it’s more adult. Now if it was Doctor Who with David (Tennant) playing the Doctor—I’m going to get in trouble for saying this—I’d happily do a film with him.”
In trouble, John? Nah. Okay, maybe a little. And probably with Who showrunner Steven Moffat and the Eleventh Time Lord himself, Matt Smith.
Still, the idea of a brand-new Doctor Who movie with the former Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) has been floating around for more than two years now. But these were just talks, and nothing has yet to come to fruition. Plus, with the major budget cuts the BBC has made recently, a feature film would be unlikely, at least at this time.
Then there’s also the small matter of Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary coming up in 2013 (Barrowman also wants to be part of the celebrations). If there are some major Who plans going on right now, it would be for the anniversary, and we doubt Barrowman’s wish for a feature film would be the road Steven Moffat and the BBC are envisaging for the big shebang.
Still, if it EVER were to happen, the question would be WHICH Doctor (Tennant or Smith) would have the honor of appearing in said movie. Would the BBC go with Tennant (who was voted the most popular Doctor of all time just a few years back), who’d probably draw in a larger crowd; or with Matt Smith, who plays current Doctor Eleven, and who also happens to be very popular with most of the Who crowd, garnering critical acclaim for his loopy portrayal of the most famous of Time Lords?
What do you think? IF there ever were to be a Doctor Who movie, who would you rather see on the big screen: David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor or Matt Smith’s Eleventh? What do you think of John Barrowman’s wishful thinking? And which would stand a better chance of becoming a feature film: Doctor Who or Torchwood?