When Russell T Davies brought the much-beloved British sci-fi series Doctor Who roaring back to life (and huge ratings) in 2005, he also created a swash-buckling, matinee-idol type character - Captain Jack Harkness. Russell and producer Phil Collinson knew only one man in the UK who would fit that bill! As a huge fan of the show since his childhood, John was thrilled to be offered the chance to be part of this iconic show.
First appearing in the two-parter, "The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances" (Episodes 9 and 10 of the new series), Captain Jack made an immediate impact on viewers, who enjoyed the charm of the flirtatious, omnisexual, Time Agent.
John reprised the role of Captain Jack in the final episodes of the third series and again in David Tennant's final episode as the Tenth Doctor, "Journey's End", in series 4.
Audience reaction to Captain Jack Harkness was so positive that, when Russell T Davies developed a spin-off series from Doctor Who, it was with the Captain in mind as the head of Torchwood. The two series, along with a second spin-off, The Sarah Jane Adventures, aimed at a younger audience, ran alongside and complemented one other.
- See video clips and wallpapers of Captain Jack on the BBC site
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