Steven Moffat Says He's Not Responsible For Lack of TORCHWOOD Revival
Maybe you're familiar with this situation, but if you're like me and just now learning about it, let's catch up. For the past couple days, actor John Barrowman (Arrow, Doctor Who, Torchwood) has been publicly announcing that a Torchwood revival is being blocked specifically by Steven Moffat, who is the current showrunner of Doctor Who. Essentially Barrowman says that it's not him holding things up, it's THEM, and now Moffat has finally responded to the accusations via Doctor Who TV:
“You may be aware that John Barrowman has been saying, publicly, that I’ve been blocking a new series of Torchwood. To be very clear – I haven’t blocked it; I wouldn’t block it; I wouldn’t even be ABLE to block it. I didn’t even know a revival had been mooted till I read about it on the Internet. As John perfectly well knows, it’s not my show and I could no more prevent it happening that he could cancel Sherlock. I am bewildered, and a little cross, even to be included in this conversation. For the record, I really liked the show (especially the third series) and would be very happy to see more – monsters and mayhem, why not? But the fact is, it has nothing to do with me. Please pass this on to the anxious and the angry – I’ve had enough hate mail now.”
Having heard several actors who've worked with him and Barrowman himself speak, I can attest to the fact he's a bit of an eccentric. I'm not going to say he lied because I don't think he did, but I can fully believe that he received a bit of information regarding a show he loved and broadcasted it with a megaphone before he had all the information.
Hopefully, this brings the discussion of Barrowman returning for something Torchwood- or Captain Jack-related on Doctor Who! Though from what I remember from reports back at the 50th anniversary, Barrowman wasn't too interested in returning to the series — or perhaps wasn't wanted. Let's hope the two mend this bridge soon, because I would love to see Barrowman back on either series.