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Doctor Who Jack Harkness Comic Shelved Over John Barrowman’s Past ‘Inappropriate Behavior’

June 13, 2021 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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A planned Doctor Who comic centered on Captain Jack Harkness has been shelved over past inappropriate behavior by John Barrowman being brought to light. Titan Comics has confirmed to Radio Times that “We have no plans to publish this comic collection at this time,” referring to a graphic novel that would have featured Barrowman’s character being transported to 19th Century Cardiff.

Barrowman is facing scrutiny over his behavior on the set of the show early on. The Guardian reported in May that Barrowman would repeatedly expose himself on the sets of both Doctor Who and Torchwood. The reports note that witnesses referred to Barrowman’s behavior as inappropriate pranks as opposed to anything approaching “sexually predatory behaviour.” Noel Clarke, who played Mickey Smith in early seasons of the show’s 2005 revival, has been accused of more serious behavior as 20 women have accused him of groping, sexually harassment and bullying.

Barrowman’s behavior was brought back to light due to the allegations against Clarke, with a video of Clarke talking at the 2014 Chicago TARDIS convention about how Barrowman would expose himself going viral. Clarke said in the video, “Barrowman was there taking his dick out every five seconds” and recalled with actress Camille Coduri, who played Rose Tyler’s mother Jackie, how Barrowman “put it on [Coduri’s] shoulder in the makeup truck.”

One person who made allegations against Clarke recalled Barrowman exposing himself, saying, “He would get his genitals out on a regular basis … he’d just sort of have his balls hanging out his trousers or something, which he just thought was really funny.”

Barrowman has apologized, noting that his “high-spirited behaviour” was “only ever intended in good humour to entertain colleagues on set and backstage.” He added, “With the benefit of hindsight, I understand that upset may have been caused by my exuberant behaviour and I have apologised for this previously. Since my apology in November 2008, my understanding and behaviour have also changed.”