The BBC recently sanctioned long-term Doctor Who character actor John Barrowman after he openly admitted to engaged in inappropriate behavior on the set.
According to the Radio Times, the BBC has removed the completed segments Barrowman filmed that were to be included in Doctor Who: Time Fracture, an in-person “Immersive Experience” exhibition set to open this month in the United Kingdom. Barrowman plays Captain Jack Harkness, a recurring character who first appeared on the show in 2005. He later starred in his own series, Torchwood, which premiered in 2006.
A new announcement has been made on the Time Fracture website, which reads:
“Immersive Everywhere have taken the decision to remove this pre record from Doctor Who: Time Fracture.”
The BBC left a somewhat cryptic note on the site, stating that the Torchwood spinoff of Doctor Who is still in the works, and that Barrowman’s character may appear in that series.
After years of being accused of inappropriate behavior on set, Barrowman recently issued a public apology. He admitted to performing “jokes” frequently, including exposing his genitals to workers and cast members.
Barrowman, who portrayed a “ominisexual” character who lustfully sought encounters with all species, recently stated that “hindsight” showed him that his behavior was unacceptable.
“With the benefit of hindsight, I understand that upset may have been caused by my exuberant behavior and I have apologized for this previously,” Barrowman said this month in the statement. “Since my [first] apology in November 2008, my understanding and behavior have also changed.”
Barrowman insisted that he was just having fun and was unaware that his actions were offensive.
Julie Gardner, the executive producer of Doctor Who and Torchwood, also chastised the actor. “I met with John and reprimanded him,” Gardner explained, “and made it clear to both John and his agent that this kind of behavior would not be tolerated… to my knowledge, John’s inappropriate behavior ceased after that.”
Barrowman’s admission came on the heels of more than 20 women accusing actor Noel Clarke, who was also a Doctor Who cast member, of sexual harassment. Clarke has promised to change his ways, but he continues to deny any wrongdoing.