It’s November 23rd so we could expect nothing else. A piece of news of the Doctor Who Holiday Special 2020 “Revolution of the Daleks”!

It’s basically confirming what everyone expected that John Barrowman is to return as Captain Jack Harkness. It was sort of hinted with his brief appearance in Series 12’s ‘Fugitive of the Judoon’. There he had a brief meeting with the three current companions. So can we now expect his to meet the Doctor in female form?

Doctor Who Holiday Special 2020 Teaser

Doctor Who Holiday Special 2020 “Revolution of the Daleks” official lowdown

November 23, 2020 – One of the most iconic characters in the ‘Whoniverse’ is returning for the upcoming holiday special of Doctor Who. John Barrowman MBE puts on his famous coat once more and reprises his role as Captain Jack Harkness.

The cheeky Captain left viewers reeling in the season 12 episode, “Fugitive of the Judoon”. Here he made a brief surprise appearance with a stark warning for Yaz, Ryan and Graham to pass on to the Doctor before disappearing.

“Revolution of the Daleks”

Doctor Who Holiday Special 2020 - Poster: Jodie Whittaker,John Barrowman,Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole, with new Daleks
Doctor Who Holiday Special 2020 – Poster: The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker), Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman), Graham O’Brien (Bradley Walsh), Yasmin Khan (Mandip Gill), Ryan Sinclair (Tosin Cole) with new Daleks ©2020 BBC Studios / BBC America

In the upcoming special titled “Revolution of the Daleks,” Captain Jack will be on hand to help the fam. They will discover a disturbing plan forming involving one of the Doctor’s most feared and dangerous enemies, the Daleks. With the Thirteenth Doctor locked away in a space prison, will Captain Jack be able to help save planet Earth?

On returning for the special, Barrowman revealed: “Putting on Jack’s coat and setting foot back on the set of Doctor Who was just like going back home. It’s always thrilling to play Captain Jack. He’s a character very close to my heart who changed my life. To know the fans love him as much as I do makes his return even sweeter. [So] I hope everyone enjoys Jack’s heroic adventure with Thirteen.”

Executive Producer’s take on John’s return

Chris Chibnall, Executive Producer, said: “A Doctor Who holiday special means treats galore. And there’s no bigger treat than the return of John Barrowman to Doctor Who. [Plus it’s] for an epic and emotional feature-length episode. If anyone can blast away the sheer rubbishness of 2020, it’s Captain Jack. Daleks beware!”

Matt Strevens, Executive Producer BBC Studios, added: “After a tantalisingly brief appearance in “Fugitive of the Judoon,” it’s a total joy and thrill to welcome back John as Captain Jack. One of the most iconic characters in Doctor Who lore, his presence ignites this holiday special from the start.”

Regular Cast

Jodie Whittaker stars as the Thirteenth Doctor, Mandip Gill as Yaz, Tosin Cole as Ryan and Bradley Walsh as Graham.

“Revolution of the Daleks” will air this holiday season on BBC America and BBC One in the UK.

Captain Jack Harkness Fun Facts

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John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness in Doctor Who: Revolution of the Daleks ©2020 BBC Studios / BBC America, photo by James Pardon
  • Captain Jack made his first appearance in the 2005 episode “The Empty Child” of Doctor Who. Since then he has appeared in multiple stories.
  • Prior to his series 12 appearance in “Fugitive of the Judoon,” Captain Jack was last seen on Doctor Who in the 2010 episode “The End of Time”.
  • John Barrowman MBE fronted the Doctor Who spin-off, Torchwood, which aired from 2006-2011.