#MeToo Posse Goes After Capt. Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) Over On-Set Antics

Last week The Guardian reported that it had received complaints about John Barrowman’s on-set behavior from women who worked on the BBC One sci-fi, series Dr. Who and Torchwood .

It is alleged that Barrowman – who plays Captain Jack Harkness – exposed himself “on a regular basis” during the show’s earlier years. Doctor Who producer Julie Gardner also confirmed that Torchwood had received a complaint against the actor in 2008.

Now for any “gay geek” out there and Capt. Jack fan who followed Dr. Who and Torchwood during their original runs an/or attends Comic Con’s Barrowman’s since 2005 knows his “behavior” was well noted at that time by the immediate cast which took it as campy, good natured jokes and talked about it regularly. But a lot has changed in 15 years and Barrowman’s accusations come after the BBC says it’s investigating against former Doctor Who co-star Noel Clark, who is also accused of serious sexual misconduct and harassments on set. In a 2014 video from a sci fi convention that Clarke accuses him of taking “his dick out every five minutes” when they worked together on this hit British series.

In a statement, Barrowman admitted to fooling around on Doctor Who and its spin-off Torchwood, but he said that he no longer behaves that way in the workplace.

“With the benefit of hindsight, I understand that upset may have been caused by my exuberant behavior and I have apologized for this previously,” he said.

In 2008, Barrowman apologizes after he pulled down his pants during an interview with BBC Radio 1, saying he “went too far” when getting into “the light-hearted and fun banter of the show.”


Will Kohler

Will Kohler is one of America's best known LGBT historians, He is also a a accredited journalist and the owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced on such notable media venues as BBC News, CNN, MSNBC, The Washington Post, The Daily Wall Street Journal, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story. Back2Stonewall has been recently added to the Library of Congress' LGBTQ+ Studies Web Archive. Mr. Kohler is available for comment, interviews and lectures on LGBT History. Contact: Will@Back2Stonewall.com

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