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Happy Birthday Companions Alex Kingston John Barrowman

first_imgHappy birthday to two of the most considerable companions in the Whoniverse: Alex Kingston and John Barrowman.Professor River Song and Captain Jack Harkness go to-to-toe with the Doctor (in his various manifestations), bringing heart, sass, and a bit of romance to the TARDIS.A dashing Time Agent and con man from the 51st century, Captain Jack (one of his many aliases) meets the Ninth Doctor and Rose Tyler above a blazing London.(I remember, upon seeing him in the season one episode “Bad Wolf,” declaring that if I’d known the blue-eyed Scottish-American actor were joining the team, I would have started watching Doctor Who years earlier.)As a consequence of his death and resurrection in the show’s 2005 finale, the flirtatious action hero becomes immortal, is abandoned in the future, and gets stranded in the past—when he joins Torchwood, a British organization dedicated to combating alien threats (and the name of the spin-off Barrowman led for five years).The first openly non-heterosexual character in the history of televised Doctor Who, Jack eventually reunites with the Tenth Doctor, hinting that he may one day evolve into the 5-billion-year-old Face of Boe.Since becoming mortal again in the fourth season of Torchwood, the possibility Jack is destined to grow into the massive wrinkled, disembodied head is merely a “conjecture,” according to former writer and showrunner Russell T Davies. (But Barrowman still believes, and so can you.)Barrowman rose to international fame with his portrayal of Captain Jack. But Kingston was already a bonafide star when she joined Team TARDIS.Best known for her role as Dr. Elizabeth Corday on NBC medical drama ER, the curly haired Brit debuted as River Song in the two-part story “Silence in the Library”/”Forest of the Dead.”A mysterious time-traveling archaeologist, River’s adventures with the Doctor occur out of sync; their first meeting (from the audience’s perspective) is his first and her last.Born Melody Pond, she is the daughter of Amy Pond and Rory Williams, and “sort of the Doctor’s wife.” But regenerating River, who has taken on various faces, almost didn’t assume the form of Kingston. In fact, when the BBC cast the role, the production team sought Kate Winslet, who appeared very early in her career in Davies’ teen drama Dark Season.Luckily for Kingston, what she expected to be a one-off gig turned into a 15-episode arc between 2010 and 2015, when she last appeared in Christmas special “The Husbands of River Song” alongside Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi.While their Who characters never crossed paths, the actors both appear in The CW’s Arrow action crime series, based on DC Comics’ Green Arrow.Series regular Barrowman stars as antagonist Malcolm Merlyn, while Kingston occasionally steps into the role of Professor Dinah Lance, mother of Laurel and Sara Lance.(Don’t expect a cameo by The Doctor, though: Tenth incarnation David Tennant slayed (literally) as Kilgrave in Netflix’s original Marvel Cinematic Universe tie-in Jessica Jones.)Raise a glass to 54-year-old River Song Alex Kingston (what anti-aging cream does she use?) and 50-year-old Jack Harkness John Barrowman (what anti-aging cream does he use?)—without whom Doctor Who would be much less sexy.View as: One Page Slides1. Aimee Steinberger2. Max Kennedy3. Alice X. Zhang4. Jesse H. Bechtold5. Paul J Hanley6. Listheweasel7. Koroa8. Tami Wicinaslast_img

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