How much does Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice creator Shonda Rhimes love the British sci-fi show Doctor Who? “I feel the two highlights of my past five years are I got to meet (former Who executive producer) Russell Davies and I got to meet the star of (Who spin-off show) Torchwood, John Barrowman, who was in one of our pilots,” reveals the prolific TV showrunner. Indeed, an episode from the most recent season of Grey’s Anatomy featured a Who fan who lost his ear at a fan convention while rushing to get a model TARDIS signed by Davies.
Rhimes talked about her love for the show in last week’s Entertainment Weekly Doctor Who cover story (see above). But she had much, much more to say about the 49-year-old TV institution — whose new season debuts on BBC America later this summer — as you can read below…
THANK YOU @trekkiebeth for capturing this @Team_Barrowman underpants moment at our SDCC podcast! (Taken with Instagram)
The Nerdist and John Barrowman, ladies and gentlemen.
See them all on The Nerdist Tribute to Comic-Con tonight at 9/8c on BBC America
Talking what’s next for the time traveling series and how this year’s Con is treating them.
Just in case you weren’t sure… Doctor Who is cool.
Also: John Barrowman is cool. Also: so is his shirt.
British superheroes are all the rage during this Summer of London, with Christian Bale reprising Bruce Wayne in The Dark Knight Rises and Andrew Garfield taking on Peter Parker in the reboot The Amazing Spider-Man. What are John Barrowman‘s thoughts on Garfield replacing Tobey Maguire in the Spidey series? Certainly, Mr. Barrowman can speak with some authority on this topic, having played a superhero for many years as Captain Jack on Doctor Who and Torchwood.
Holy Mother of God.
I met John Barrowman. This man is wonderful and amazing and oh my god he hit on my cousin! Like seriously. My cousin was taking the picture and he had on a superman shirt, and Jack was like “Who’s superman?” And I went, “That’s my cousin.” And he chuckled a bit and went “Oooo really?” And I went, “That’s his girlfriend.” And he said (in the most disappointed voice) “Oh.”
And then he called me pretty.
Dear lord today was amazing.
Freema and John.
John Barrowman visits BBC’s “The One Show” February 4, 2012.
I’ve just watched season three of Doctor Who in only two days. And I’ve gotten obsessed with John Barrowman… again. I mean, his music is amazing, he is handsome, funny and a great actor! Argh, John, you’re amazingness is killing me… slowly!
The final shortlist nominees for the 2012 National Television Awards have been announced.
Doctor Who is, once again, up for Best Drama. The show faces competition from Merlin, Downton Abbey and last year’s winner, Waterloo Road, which notoriously put an end to Doctor Who’s winning streak in the category.
Matt Smith and John Barrowman are up for Best Male Drama Performance, while Karen Gillan and Eve Myles are nominated for Best Female Drama Performance.
The Doctor Who nominated categories in full:
- Doctor Who
- Downton Abbey
- Waterloo Road
Best Male Drama Performance
- Matt Smith (Doctor Who)
- John Barrowman (Torchwood: Miracle Day)
- Martin Clunes (Doc Martin)
- David Threlfall (Shameless)
Best Female Drama Performance
- Karen Gillan (Doctor Who)
- Eve Myles (Torchwood: Miracle Day)
- Jaye Jacobs (Waterloo Road)
- Suranne Jones (Scott & Bailey)
You can vote for this year’s nominees online here. You know what to do.
Voting closes midday Wednesday 25th January. The awards ceremony will be broadcast the same day live on ITV1 beginning 7.30pm.
Captain Jock, Doctor Poo
Doctor Who and Torchwood star John Barrowman tackled a potential thief who had ransacked a room and punched a member of staff at the Glasgow hotel he’s currently staying in.
The 44-year-old is said to have dragged the fleeing teen to the ground to subdue him, moments after arriving at the hotel from Newcastle, where he had been at a concert with his parents.
Barrowman stopped the youngster in his tracks after a woman and her husband had woken to find two boys ransacking their room in the early hours of Thursday and a hotel worker was punched.
“I grabbed the kid’s ankles, yanked him to the ground and then pulled him out into the hallway. I pinned him down.
“My tour manager then arrived and the three of us held him down until the police came.”
But the kind hearted TV personality, who married partner Scott Gill at Cardiff’s St David’s Hotel in 2006, claimed he’d like to offer the troubled teen a job backstage in his panto at Glasgow’s Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, saying: “It was sad. He was only 14 or 15. I think he was on drugs.
“But I’d like to find out the boy’s story and give him a second chance.
“Maybe he could work in the pantomime over Christmas to give him a sense of responsibility.”