The upcoming festive special of Doctor Who will feature the return of Captain Jack Harkness. John Barrowman, who first appeared in the revived series of Doctor Who back in 2005, last appeared in David Tennant’s final episode, The End Of Time, way back in 2010, before making a fleeting visit in Jodie Whittaker’s twelfth series, Fugitive Of The Judoon

In a press release, it reads that “Captain Jack will be on hand to help ‘the fam’ as they 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?”

Barrowman said: “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 describes Jack as a character “very close to my heart who changed my life, and to know the fans love him as much as I do makes his return even sweeter. I hope everyone enjoys Jack’s Heroic adventure with Thirteen.”

Chris Chibnall, Doctor Who’s current showrunner says the festival episode will bring “treats galore, and there’s no bigger treat than the return of John Barrowman to Doctor Who, for an epic and emotional feature-length episode.”

“If anyone can blast away the sheer rubbishness of 2020, it’s Captain Jack. Daleks beware!”

I think we all need that. 

There’s also a brief teaser for the festive special. Jack stands amidst a gloomy, green backdrop, likely the hull of a dingy alien spacecraft as the TARDIS engines groan to life. Anticipating what’s to come, Jack says, “Oh I have missed that sound”.

Jack’s tenure in Doctor Who may have concluded back in 2010, but he returned to appear in the less-well received Torchwood: Miracle Day in 2011 before the show went on permanent hiatus. 

Revolution Of The Daleks has no confirmed air date yet, with more guest stars set to be announced soon.