Ten Years of Jack

Incredibly it was TEN years ago (yesterday May 21st) that time agent Captain Jack Harkness joined Doctor Who.

At the time, he hooked up with Billie Piper and Christopher Eccleston in World War II London, as they fought off some mummy-needing gas mask zombies.

Since then John Barrowman has popped up now and again to team up with the Doctor (though, sadly, his last appearance was David Tennant’s finale The End of Time in 2010), and here are some of his best bits that prove what a Doctor Who legend the Captain is.

‘Excellent bottom!’

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With New Who brought a certain sexual swagger and confidence and this was displayed uncategorically when Jack set his eyes upon Rose swinging above London on a rope in his first moments.

And, just to prove he was all about equal opportunities, he told his fellow army chum Algy, ‘you’ve got an excellent bottom too.’

Erection joke

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Proving just how much Doctor Who had changed since the classic era, the Series One finale saw naughty Jack get completely naked and then reference his own wang – ‘Your viewing figures just went up!’ he cooed at robot versions of fashionistas Trinny and Susannah.

Sadly, for the audience, the BBC cut a scene feature Barrowman’s sumptuous bare buttocks. The cheek of it.

Top Shop fan

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In the same story with Ninth Doctor and Rose, Captain Jack revealed to the aforementioned robots that his ‘design classic’ denim was purchased in Top Shop. Wait ’til he discovers H&M.

Face of Boe

In a surprising turn of events, handsome Jack regaled the Tenth Doctor and Martha with tales from his times as a poster boy – where he was known as the ‘Face of Boe.’

Earlier that series, the couple had watched the Face of Boe die on New Earth (after mysteriously telling the Time Lord, ‘You are not alone.’) Text book enigmatic.

Drinking a Martini in the face of death

After helping save the world with Doctor and Rose in The Doctor Dances, Captain Jack faced certain death within minutes on his ship.

Ever the gentleman, he sits back and initiates ’emergency protocol four one seven’ – a Martini.

(Thankfully, of course, his chums had other plans and came back for him.)

Dirty Boy

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Despite facing an Dalek onslaught and the might of Davros in the Series Four finale Journey’s End, Jack still had time to coolly contemplate life with three Doctors (two David Tennants and one Catherine Tate).

Wonder what he was thinking…?

Dalek Death (sort of)

Often underestimated for his bravery (as displayed upwards in this list), Jack was party of the small army the Ninth Doctor assembled to battle the Daleks in 2005’s Parting of the Ways.

Sadly for Harkness, this was to be his last battle. When out of ammo and face to face with the deadly pepper pots and their cry of ‘EX-TER-MIN-ATE!’, he calmly retorted, ‘I kind of figured that.’

And then was blasted in the face by the mad little tanks.

Hugging the TARDIS

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Brave. Brave and and just a little bit mad.

The former Time Agent’s first return to Doctor Who in 2007’s phenomenal episode Utopia (which also saw the return of The Master) was a doozy.

Upon hearing the sound of the TARDIS in Cardiff Bay (near his place of work, Torchwood), Harkness raced to meet the Doctor only to be met with a dematerializing TARDIS.

This is nothing to a man who can’t die, and jumped on and braved traveling throughout the time vortex unprotected. Classic Jack.

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About mydoctor1962

Doctor Who fan like few others. Also a fan of Science Fiction, Cooking Shows and more.

Posted on May 22, 2015, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Doctor Who hasn’t done Jack for awhile now, has it? 🙂 (sorry, couldn’t resist)

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