John Barrowman Torchwood audio drama pulled from publication after allegations

A Torchwood audio drama starring John Barrowman has been pulled from publication following the allegations against him.

The Captain Jack Harkness actor, who starred in Doctor Who and its spin-off, recently admitted to ‘tomfoolery’ while filming the BBC drama, after two former runners came forward with allegations that he would ‘get his genitals out on a regular basis’.

Big Finish, which produces and distributes Doctor Who and Torchwood audio dramas, told in a statement: ‘We only have one upcoming title featuring John Barrowman – Torchwood: Absent Friends.

‘We have no plans to publish this title at this time.’

It comes after Barrowman was axed from Doctor Who: Time Fracture, which was set to feature a pre-recorded video message from the actor.

A statement on the show’s website read: ‘Immersive Everywhere has taken the decision to remove [John Barrowman’s] pre-record from Doctor Who: Time Fracture.

‘We will continue to include content that pays tribute to this brilliant show that is Torchwood so as not to disappoint its fans, and are working on an exciting storyline to be announced soon.’

Barrowman recently told the Guardian that his behaviour was ‘only ever intended in good humour to entertain colleagues on set and backstage’.

‘With the benefit of hindsight, I understand that upset may have been caused by my exuberant behaviour and I have apologised for this previously,’ he added.

‘Since my apology in November 2008, my understanding and behaviour have also changed.’

A spokesperson for the BBC also told ‘The BBC is against all forms of inappropriate behaviour and we’re shocked to hear of these allegations. 

‘To be absolutely clear, we will investigate any specific allegations made by individuals to the BBC – and if anyone has been subjected to or witnessed inappropriate behaviour of any kind we would encourage them to raise it with us directly.

‘We have a zero tolerance approach and robust processes are in place – which are regularly reviewed and updated to reflect best practice – to ensure any complaints or concerns are handled with the utmost seriousness and care.’

In the days following the allegations, Torchwood star Gareth David-Lloyd, who starred alongside Barrowman as Ianto Jones, has supported him.

He told in a statement: ‘In my experience on Torchwood John‘s behaviour on set was always meant to entertain, make people laugh and keep their spirits and energy high on what were sometimes very long working days. 

‘It maybe that because we were so close as a cast that professional lines were sometimes blurred in the excitement – I was too inexperienced to know any different but we were always laughing.

‘The John I knew on set would have never behaved in a way he thought was affecting someone negatively. From what I know of him that is not his nature. 

‘He was a whirlwind of positive energy, always very generous, kind and a wonderfully supportive lead actor to have at the helm of the show.’

Meanwhile, Big Finish has just released its episodes featuring the Ninth Doctor, which have seen Christopher Eccleston return to the role. has contacted reps for John Barrowman for comment. 

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