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John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness (Pic: BBC)
John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness (Pic: BBC)
John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness (Pic: BBC)

Welcome to this week’s Doctor Who‘s Day roundup, in which we gather together as much Time Lord-related stuff as we can find in a big vat, and hope there are no adverse reactions.

This week’s roundup is dominated by the 10th anniversary of the arrival of Captain Jack Harkness in the Doctor’s life. Captain Jack occupies a unique place in the mythology of Doctor Who, one that draws from the classic era of the show and also suggests new ways to tell stories.

He’s a soldier, like the Brigadier, and someone the Doctor is fond of bickering with, like the Brigadier. He’s also a big flirty confident handsome man with a huge personality, quite unlike anyone the Doctor has met before.

He’s one of only two of the Doctor’s companions whose life outside of the TARDIS has been explored in a spin-off series—the other being Sarah Jane Smith—and yet he didn’t really travel with the Doctor.

In fact, as he is, for all intents and purposes, immortal, the Doctor should really welcome him aboard the TARDIS as a companion he won’t ever have to say goodbye to, but he can’t, because he’s a walking fixed point in time. All the Doctor’s instincts say keep away, and then they get along rather well.

Because of all this and a devastating smile, the tributes to Captain Jack have been fulsome. For example:

Peter Davison interviewing John Barrowman about joining Doctor Who:

• Here’s our Companion to Captain Jack.

• And a guide to his clothes for the cosplayers.

• The Doctor Who site had their 10 favorite Captain Jack moments, including this tender exchange:

• Metro have a roundup of the Captain’s best bits.

Here’s what else is going on in space and time this week:

• In the run-up to the first British performance of the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular, Murray Gold spoke to Radio Times about his early experiences writing music for such a unique science-fiction show: “I think there’s a difference in scoring Doctor Who to any sci-fi series. I approached it as if it was a story about people – and their hopes, and their dreams, and their loves, and their losses.”

• Radio Times reviewed the show (spoiler: they loved it).

• Reminder: the Symphonic Spectacular is coming to New York City in October.

• Osgood on set, with a mystery item:

Steven Moffat says he has set himself a “ludicrous challenge” with the finale of Season Nine. (Note: nothing too spoilery here.)

Karen Gillan has been having fun with Wil Wheaton:

• And Coward, the short film she directed, has won an award at the IFC film festival in Edinburgh. Huge congratulations all round!

Doctor Who Eggstra:

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12 of the Eleventh Doctor’s best quotes.

Some comments (of a non-spoilery nature) about River Song from Alex Kingston, Steven Moffat and Russell T Davies.

• LOVE this:

• Quiz: can you match the historical figure to the Doctor Who episode?

• This almost certainly does happen in between adventures:

Arthur Darvill‘s box of fezzes (no, we don’t know what it’s about either):

• A trailer for the new Titan Comics Twelfth Doctor title, Terrorformer:

• A nice moment:

• The Denver Post on why Doctor Who reminds us we’re important.

• And finally, let’s go out on a musical number or two. This week’s Doctor Who: The Fan Show is devoted to music, from The Doctor Who Fan Orchestra to Legs Nose Robinson and beyond:


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By Fraser McAlpine