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Is Captain Jack Harkness Returning for Doctor Who Series 13?

A new graphic novel listing hints that we’ve not seen the last of Captain Jack Harkness — with John Barrowman perhaps reprising his Doctor Who role in the second episode of Series 13, starring Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor!

The synopsis for this upcoming tie-in graphic novel, written by Jody Houser, with art by Roberta Ingranata, first appeared on the official Penguin Random House website before being quickly taken down. Nonetheless, this being the internet, nothing is ever properly lost. So here’s what it read:

A thrilling new Doctor Who Graphic Novel which stars fan-favourite Captain Jack Harkness as he goes up against the insidious Torchwood institute!

In the midst of kicking alien butt – and looking good doing it – Captain Jack Harkness is suddenly transported through a time-window to 19th Century Cardiff… again! Realising there’s more than one thing afoot, he sets out to uncover what the Victorian-era Torchwood Institute team are up to behind closed doors, hoping to solve the mystery of why time-windows are cropping up everywhere.

But what he finds is very unexpected, and will certainly leave him needing a hand from some old friends…

Bursting straight out of the long-running hit television series, this bold new tale ties in directly with episode two of the hotly-anticipated series 13. Buy it, read it, then travel back in time to read it for the first time all over again…

The Radio Times questioned the BBC about this, but the corporation declined to comment.

Captain Jack was a companion to the Ninth and Tenth Doctors, segueing into the Torchwood spin-off, then returned for a couple of recent episodes, Fugitive of the Judoon and Revolution of the Daleks.

He didn’t say a proper goodbye (reportedly due to Coronavirus restriction-related reasons), so it would be no surprise to see him back for the next run of stories… especially as Barrowman has been filming in the UK of late too. It would be somewhat a shame if the spotlight is once again turned away from the Doctor’s current companion, Yasmin Khan (Mandip Gill), as well as new assistant, Dan (John Bishop).

Nonetheless, this isn’t a certainty. Jack could be solely be in the spin-off, dealing with the ramifications of whatever happens in Series 13.

Would you like to see Jack return? Or has his era of the programme passed now?

(Thanks to Elliot.)

Philip Bates

Editor and co-founder of the Doctor Who Companion. When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything. Writer of The Black Archive: The Pandorica Opens/ The Big Bang, The Silver Archive: The Stone Tape, and 100 Objects of Doctor Who.

Is Captain Jack Harkness Returning for Doctor Who Series 13?

by Philip Bates time to read: 2 min
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