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Showing posts with label John Barrowman. Show all posts
Showing posts with label John Barrowman. Show all posts

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Doctor Who ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Videos

A social media viral phenomenon lately has been the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is an activity involving dumping a bucket of ice water on someones head to promote awareness of the disease Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and encourage donations to research.
ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) or Motor Neurone Disease Association (MND) is a neurodegenerative disease involving nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Individuals affected with MND/ALS lose muscle control due to the deterioration of muscle impulses and over time become progressively paralysed.
The challenge dares nominated participants to be filmed having a bucket of ice water poured on their heads and then nominating others to do the same. A common stipulation is that nominated participants have 24 hours to comply or forfeit by way of a charitable financial donation.
To learn more about the Ice Bucket Challenge and ALS you can visit in the USA and in the UK

These are the challenges that we have found, let us know in the comments if we have missed or any new videos come out, and we will update the post.

Matt Smith (The Eleventh Doctor):

Karen Gillan (Amy Pond):

Arthur Darvill (Rory Williams) took part along with some of the cast of Broadchurch (only in the first minute), David Tennant was not there:

John Barrowman (Captain Jack Harkness):

Noel Clarke (Mickey Smith):

Burn Gorman (Owen Harper from Torchwood) (Click twice on the video is the ratio is weird):

Neil Gaiman (Writer of The Doctor's Wife and Nightmare in Silver)

Steven Moffat, David Tennant, Freema Agyeman (Martha Jones), Eve Myles (Gwen Cooper), and Billie Piper (Rose Tyler) have all been challenged but have not yet responded.
There are also many well done Doctor Who themed challenges, created by fans, a YouTube search for "Doctor Who" "Ice Bucket Challenge" will display many good fan videos.

And just because - Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock):

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Barrowman on Capaldi Haters; Jack Not Returning

John Barrowman was recently interviewed by MAGIC Radio and among the questions about his career and personal life, he was asked about Doctor Who and Torchwood.

When asked if he might be back on Who, he replied:
"I have no idea. I don't know, but I know the producers of Arrow are big fans of Doctor Who and Torchwood and Captain Jack. I love Captain Jack. He changed my life. He made me a household name. He put me on the map worldwide. I love Captain Jack. If I'm asked to play Jack ever again, I would do it at a drop of a hat, but I haven't been asked so I can't really forecast into the future. 
If I had a TARDIS I would jump in, go back in time, change [the producer's] minds and go forward and play him again."
When asked about Peter Capaldi, he said that he was really looking forward to seeing him in Doctor Who and when asked what he thinks Capaldi will be like, Barrowman replied:
"I don't like to make a judgement on him before I've seen him but I do know Peter as an actor because he was in Torchwood, Children of Earth. I think he will be an awesome Doctor, he's a wonderful actor. He's also Scottish so he follows in the line of David, myself and other Scots who have been involved in the Whovian world. So I think he'll be really good. 
And for those critics who sit behind keyboards and go 'ne-ne-ne', 'he's not gonna be this': Shut up because you'll watch the show anyway and you'll go on the journey like we all do. You'll get in the TARDIS and you'll go on the journeys that the Doctor takes you on, no matter who he's played by. 
Listen to the interview here.

Monday, 30 June 2014

John Barrowman 'honoured' to receive MBE

While on ITV's 'This Morning' John Barrowman spoke about finding out the news he was to receive an MBE, commenting he was "thrilled" to receive such an award.

"I'm so, so proud and so honoured," he said. "I was at my managements office to sign autographs one afternoon, and all I could hear from across the room was, 'Oh my God... oh my God'." 

Barrowman also spoke about his upcoming album which was entirely fan-funded and his work with charity, which helped earn him his MBE.

Friday, 13 June 2014

John Barrowman and Julie Gardner to Become MBEs

The Queen's birthday honours list 2014 has been revealed and among them are Doctor Who alumni John Barrowman and Julie Gardner receiving MBEs.

Doctor Who and Torchwood star John Barrowman is receiving the award "for services to light entertainment and to charity" and has said; "I'm going to enjoy it for the rest of my life."

Ex-Doctor Who executive producer Julie Gardner, most notably involved in helping Doctor Who to return in 2005 and the spin-offs Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures, is receiving the award "for services to the ecnonomic development of the television industry in Wales."

So congratulations John and Julie on your MBEs!

Sources 1 and 2.

Monday, 12 May 2014

John Barrowman - Graham Norton interview

As you can tell, this BBC Radio 2 interview happened shortly before the Eurovision contest Saturday (well done Austria). Barrowman says he's been asked to do the English entry a few times, and that the timing just hasn't ever worked out...

They also talk about his "You Raise Me Up" crowd-funded album; apparently he couldn't have afforded to make it without fan money. Some chit-chat about all the shows that he's currently involved with ("Pressure Pad", "Sing Your Face Off", that sort of thing). And finally, a query about Torchwood ("You'd have to ask Russell T. Davies".) Reiteration of his luv for Captain Jack, the usual.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

New John Barrowman CD in the works

And the fans have taught him about pledging, so he's using Pledge Music to raise funds to make it. It's already been massively oversubscribed, and he promises it'll appear in shops as usual when it's done, so basically it'll just be another John Barrowman CD even if you don't want to buy it till the physical version is out. He's rather vague about what sort of songs will appear, saying that it'll be for the fans, so presumably more along the line of the musical theatre ballads he's released in the past. More on his website.

Here's the video.

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Doctor Who Merchandise: Vortex Manipulator LCD Watch

Fancy becoming the next Time Agent? Well now you can, with the Vortex Manipulator LCD watch. This Doctor Who Vortex Manipulator LCD Watch features the time, a light, an adjustable pleather strap, and a removable cover.

At an RRP of £25.99 it's remarkably cheap for a prop replica and watch all-in-one combo, however you'll have to wait till its release date - 3rd January 2014.

You can buy it from Forbidden Planet at a pre-order price of £22.99.

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Pressure Pad Tickets

The image of John B. we are all using to illustrate a show we don't have a trailer for yet
Remember John Barrowman's new show, Pressure Pad? They're doing audience studio signups, now. Blurb: "Lost in TV are also offering guaranteed entry tickets for John's fans for some of the 9.45am shows. If you are interested, please contact Lost in TV by phone on 0208 530 8100 or email your request to: Over 16s only may apply for studio tickets."
The available days are Thursday 12th September, Friday 13th September, Monday 16th September, Tuesday 17th September, and Wednesday 18th September, but you can only go to one. It's a BBC Scotland production, in Glasgow: the Lost in TV link with more information is here. They won't close auditions for contestants for the next week, if you fancy a go at that.

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

John Barrowman Roundup

Quite a lot of news about John Barrowman lately, though we've already mentioned his marriage to long-time partner Scott Gill. His new fantasy novel Bone Quill (cowritten with his sister Carole E Barrowman) comes out in the US today; the publishers have already asked for at least one more sequel. It comes out just in time for them to sign copies of it for the San Diego Comic Con. ITV1 breakfast show Daybreak interviewed him this morning.

Bits n' pieces from this chat are showing up all over the Internet; Contact Music excerpted the discussion of his wedding, while the Radio Times picked up on his comments about a female Doctor.  “We’ve had great guys playing the role. The character of River Song was so popular in the last part of the series and it was such an impact, why shouldn’t we have a female doctor...Give it a whirl, if it doesn’t work she can always regenerate, she can always regenerate back to a man - I’ve been there, I’ve watched them do it.” Digital Spy has some info on two new shows he has lined up, ABC song programme Sing Your Face Off and BBC One show Pressure Pad. The latter is described on Barrowman's website thus: "Produced by independent production company, 12 Yard, and consisting of 25 hour-long episodes, Pressure Pad is set in a quizzing amphitheatre, featuring an under-floor high-res LED screen that puts the players under constant pressure. In today's press release, John Barrowman said "Pressure Pad is dramatic, edge of your seat entertainment with a stunning high-tech set. I can't wait to be part of this fantastic quiz show and bring it into your living rooms this Autumn"." They're having auditions if you'd like to apply. Finally, Jo Whiley had Barrowman as a guest for the "Steve Wright in the Afternoon" BBC Radio 2 show: you can listen to the whole show for the next week here.

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

John Barrowman Is Now Married!

John Barrowman has never been afraid from showing his sexual preferences, but has never been able to marry his partner. However, this took a turn for the better as yesterday John Barrowman, who plays Captain Jack Harkness in Doctor Who and its spin-off Torchwood, married Scott Gill in California, who has been his partner for more than two decades.

The issues with marriage were not only legal ones, however. As Hypable explains, John Barrowman has changed his mind on the subject of gay marriage over the years. Initially Barrowman was against it, opting instead for a civil partnership.

In 2005, Barrowman clarified his position to The Herald, stating:

People keep asking me if I’m going to do it. The answer is no. I was brought up in a family which believed there was a God who created us. I believe that God created me this way for a reason and he’s not a god who hates, dislikes or is against the way I live my life … That said, there is organised religion that says gay men and women are wrong, bad, evil – whatever you want to call it. So why would I want a ‘marriage’ from a belief system that hates me?

More recently, John Barrowman changed his view on gay marriage. In 2012, in an editorial piece for The Sun, Barrowman explained that he sees gay marriage as something he had to take a stand on to combat bigotry.

When somebody is telling you that you cannot do something, when somebody is spewing vile rhetoric and calling us a threat to heterosexuality, it’s time to take a stand. And we decided if that means getting married, then that’s fine. We want to have the choice to get married. Christianity to me is about loving every human being, getting on with your fellow man, being kind and generous, which Jesus was. I was created by Jesus and I’m not having any bigot telling me that God did not create me.

John Barrowman uploaded this video just before the ceremony.

So Congratulations to John Barrowman and Scott Gill!

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Doctor Who - The Regeneration Box Set: Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways: Review

The first regeneration of the new series was always going to be hard to pull off; introducing a new lead to the series after just one season was going to take some bloody good explaining. As well as pushing the show in a new direction with the introduction of a new Doctor, Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways also had to tie up the ongoing plot thread of the episodes that preceded it, and manages to do so splendidly.

Bad Wolf begins with quite possibly the strangest intro every devised, as the bewildered Doctor finds himself sitting on the Big Brother sofa, with Davina McCall welcoming him to the game. The Doctor isn't the only one to find himself in this position; however, Captain Jack finds himself in What Not to Wear, and Rose in The Weakest Link. The beauty of this situation is that the Doctor and friends don't quite realise the seriousness of the games until they see for themselves that those who lose the game, lose their lives.

Jack's escape from his game show is hilarious: in true Captain Jack style, he kills his butcher-droids with his, ahem, handily concealed laser pistol. The tragic moment of this episodes soon follows when the Doctor locates Rose's room in the complex, and arrives moments before she is disintegrated by Anne Robinson's robot counterpart.

Once the Doctor finds out what's really going on aboard Satellite 5, a suspense-filled scene plays out where Rose wakes up aboard a mysterious spaceship, and she is forced against the wall by a plunger. This scene is a prime example of how terrifying the Dalek's can really be portrayed, and this time you didn't even need to see the thing! The Doctor's speech at the end Bad Wolf gets me every time; sending shivers down my spine as he tells the Daleks exactly how he's going to thwart their plans, in true Doctor Who style.
The Doctor mocks the Daleks.

The Parting of the Ways picks up exactly where Bad Wolf left off, and the Doctor zooms towards the Dalek fleet in his TARDIS. The scene effortlessly shows off the Doctor's power as he forces his way onto the Dalek flagship without a scratch on the TARDIS' paint job. I really can't get enough of scenes where the Doctor is just simply being amazing -hence why, much to the hatred of many, I enjoyed The Rings of Ahkaten- and this episode is packed with them!

The Dalek Emperor is written superbly - now the mentally deranged survivor of a war, who proclaims himself god of a corrupted band of death machines. So, y'know, a really nice guy basically. The Daleks' invincibility is played a tad over the top in the episode; however - despite Jack's tips on how to defeat a Dalek, barely any of them are damaged by the time they reach the Doctor.

The Bad Wolf's appearance at the episode's climax is a brilliant moment, as for once not even the Doctor understands what's going on properly. This plot device is overused now, sadly, but back then it was exciting and fresh to see the enemy obliterated from time and space, and for puppies and rainbows to populate the universe once more.

The Bad Wolf huffs and puffs the Daleks away.
The Doctor's regeneration always had to be handled carefully, since the show hadn't even been back for a year yet, so the regeneration scene itself was safely tucked away for after "[Rose] sang a song and the Daleks ran away". Once more the Doctor sacrifices another of his lives for a companion, and he quite nicely fits in his catchphrase once more before he explodes into orange light. I'm going to let the Doctor phrase it for me this time: that scene was "fantastic!"

For me, Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways scores easily as a 9/10, as it has pretty much everything you'd want from a regeneration story: high stakes, plenty of Daleks, boatloads of Doctor-glorifying, and most of all - a gorgeous companion.

The Regenerations Boxset is available to order from the BBC Shop now, and is due for release 24th June 2013.

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Torchwood 3 Team Reunite and Sylvester McCoy at Calgary Comic Expo

The Calgary Comic Expo is the 6th largest of it's kind and it's history gives its own right. John Barrowman, Eve Myles and Gareth David Lloyd are being reunited at the Calgary Comic Expo.
The seventh Doctor, Sylvester McCoy, and Mark Seppard will also be at the expo. You can see their schedule's below.

John Barrowman
Friday, April 26Saturday, April 27Sunday, April 28
12:30 PMAutographs
5:00 PMAutographs
8:30 PMSpecial Event (Fairmont Hotel)
10:00 AMAutographs
12:00 PMTorchwood Panel
2:00 PMAutographs
3:00 PMPhoto Ops
4:30 PMAutographs
6:00 PMPhoto Ops
10:00 AMAutographs
12:00 PMSpotlight Panel
1:00 PMPhoto Ops
4:00 PMAutographs
 Eve Myles
Friday, April 26Saturday, April 27Sunday, April 28
12:30 PMAutographs
3:00 PMAutographs
4:30 PMPhoto Ops
8:30 PMSpecial Event (Fairmont Hotel)
11:00 AMAutographs
12:00 PMTorchwood Panel
1:00 PMAutographs
3:00 PMAutographs
6:00 PMPhoto Ops
11:00 AMAutographs
1:00 PMPhoto Ops
2:00 PMAutographs
 Gareth David-Lloyd
Friday, April 26Saturday, April 27Sunday, April 28
12:00 PMAutographs
4:00 PMPhoto Ops
8:30 PMSpecial Event (Fairmont Hotel)
11:00 AMAutographs
12:00 PMTorchwood Panel
1:00 PMAutographs
3:00 PMAutographs
6:00 PMPhoto Ops
10:00 AMAutographs
1:00 PMPhoto Ops
2:00 PMAutographs
Sylvester McCoy does not have a schedule available right now and Mark Sheppard is only there for Saturday and Sunday.

There are many other guests appearing at the convention that may interest you if you're a fan of other shows. You can see these here.

Most of the tickets are now sold out, but some are still available. You can check out more information here.

Monday, 25 March 2013

Barrowman denies Doctor Who 50th Anniversary return

Yesterday Doctor Who and Torchwood actor John Barrowman took to Twitter to officially announce he will NOT be involved with the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary this year, after much rumor and speculation. His tweet is shown below:

Are you happy or disappointed that John Barrowman will not be taking part in the 50th Anniversary special episode?

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Convention announced

Exciting news for Whovians! The event hinted at by Freema Agyeman has been confirmed by

"To celebrate 50 years of Doctor Who, BBC Worldwide will bring thousands of the Time Lord’s fans together for a very special three-day event, across the anniversary weekend. The Doctor Who 50th Celebration Weekend will be held at ExCeL in London, beginning on Friday, 22 November, with tickets for over 15,000 fans.

More details about the Doctor Who 50th Celebration Weekend, including guests, intinerary, ticket prices and booking information will be revealed soon, alongside a host of other surprises."

We'll post the news here as it comes in, so stay tuned!


Monday, 4 March 2013

Barrowman to return for the 50th?

Friday's edition of This Morning may have brought some exciting news for fans of Jack. John Barrowman was interviewed as saying:

"I haven’t had any information [on the 50th] until up just about right now and all I can say to you is, we’re discussing things. That’s a total exclusive! Even yesterday I was saying ‘I have heard nothing.’"

He later tweeted that he "didn't say in what capacity or what medium so stay calm and carry on."

Freema Agyeman previously unofficially confirmed some sort of conference for the Anniversary, so this may be a false lead, but considering someone's probably coming back for the 50th, it seems likely one of the most popular NuWho companions will be returning.

Thursday, 16 August 2012

John Barrowman Joins CW's Arrow as a Recurring Role

Oh I wish I was that pillow....I mean *cough*

John is headed to the states again, this time to star in a recurring role in CW's fall show Arrow(Based off the green arrow comic).

According to Entertainment Weekly and the shows producers "...he will play a “well-dressed man” who is “as mysterious as he is wealthy … he is an acquaintance of the Queen family and a prominent figure in Starling City.”(And if you don't know Green Arrow or comics that did nothing for you, but trust me its very awesome).

Arrow debuts October 10th on the CW, I'm sure we will be able to get clips of his role as they come out.

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Torchwood: Exodus Code Cover Revealed

The cover for the new Torchwood Novel written by John Barrowman and sister Carole E. Barrowman, has been revealed.
Torchwood: Exodus Code is released on 13th September 2012 priced £16:99. You can Pre-order from Amazon here.

UPDATE: Details of the story have also been revealed:

Torchwood: Exodus Code
By John Barrowman and Carole E. Barrowman
It starts with a series of unexplained events. Earth tremors across the globe. People being driven insane by their heightened and scrambled senses. And the world is starting to notice – the number one Twitter trend is #TheLoco.
Governments and scientists are bewildered and silent. The world needs Torchwood, but there’s not much of Torchwood left. Captain Jack has tracked the problem to its source: a village in Peru, where he’s uncovered evidence of alien involvement. Back in Cardiff, Gwen Cooper has discovered something lurking inside the Torchwood software – something alien and somehow connected to Jack.
If the world is to be restored, she has to warn him – but she’s quickly becoming a victim of the madness, too!

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Torchwood Merchandise: Captain Jack Bathrobe

Now before anyone gets excited by the title...its not the defabricated Jack from Bad Wolf...but it is the coat Captain Jack wears throughout his Torchwood career - in bathrobe form!

Little more is known about this product at the minute but it is yet to have its final design approved.