Torchwood star John Barrowman has spoken out for the first time about the controversial decision by the BBC to cut a man-on-man sex scene in the upcoming third episode of the sci-fi show. In a surprising move, Barrowman, who plays Captain Jack Harkness in the Doctor Who spin off, has said that he agrees with the prudish decision by the Beeb.
Speaking about the scene, he said: “I do agree with the decision that was made. Some younger kids are going to watch Torchwood. If they’re sitting watching it with their parents, it might make it a little uncomfortable [and] the parents might click off. In order to stop that from happening, we’ve just taken a snippet off the end of it. You still get a good chunk of it.”
Barrowman has denied that the scene was trimmed because it featured two male actors, stating that another sex scene was cut between the characters of Mekhi and Arlene for good measure by the supposedly gay friendly Beeb.
“It’s not that it was ‘Oh my God, we can’t show sex between two men’, because they also cut down Mekhi and Arlene’s [sex] scene, so it was done from both ends,” he said, obviously no pun intended.
Barrowman dismissed recent reports in a tabloid newspaper which claimed that he had argued with BBC executives including Russell T Davies over the scene being cut, with the writer famously known for his on screen portrayal of homosexuality.
“The controversy… was raised by a newspaper that didn’t know what it was talking about,” he said. “They took an interview I did four or five months ago, talking about… putting sex into the programme and how it fits in.
“They took quotes and made it sound like I was disagreeing with the BBC, and they have put forward an apology because they basically stirred it up, trying to make it look like I didn’t agree with [showrunner] Russell [T Davies].”
When OTB interviewed John Barrowman amongst other Torchwood stars last month, it was clear that he was excited about the scene appearing, with the actor saying ‘having sex with a 24 year-old [is] the most brilliant job in the world’. It appears he has now had a change of thought about the scene. The ‘censored’ third Torchwood episode appears tomorrow on BBC 1, and OTB will be providing a full review.