John Barrowman has suggested that Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary special is to be aimed at a new audience. The Torchwood actor also recently said that he was ‘really upset’ that he was to miss out on the special.
”I remember [former Who showrunner] Russell T Davies saying something to a fan once – the fan was saying, ‘You should bring back the Brigadier and you should bring back Leela and you should bring back all these different characters’.”
“Russell said, ‘No, it’s not appropriate sometimes. It’s not always about the uber-fan… it’s about the viewer and the new audience who are watching’.”
It was originally reported that Barrowman was negotiating with the producers about reviving his Who role for the special. He also said that he was to return but later stated that his comments were ‘twisted’ and ‘out of context’.
“If you have a problem with it, write to the BBC,” Barrowman said when his absence was announced. “Write to the writers. Write to whoever it is that is in charge because it has nothing to do with me.”