Time travel star's bumpy ride to city
Jun 6 2007
By Diane Parkes, Birmingham Mail
HE may be a time traveller in Dr Who, but jet
travel didn't suit John Barrowman as he headed
for Birmingham Hippodrome to launch this year's Christmas pantomime.
John, who is best know as the time-travelling
conman Capt Jack Harkness in both Dr Who and
Torchwood series, joined forces with other cast
members including Banzai's Masashi Fujimoto and The Grumbleweeds yesterday.
But John, who will take the lead role of Aladdin
in the panto, held up the launch by an hour
because he was feeling poorly after a supersonic flight.
"I am so sorry to be late," he said. "I was
flying in a Hawker fighter jet to launch the RAF
Tattoo and we were doing 360¼ turns and loop the loop.
"With the G-force it really hit me. When I got
into the car afterwards I felt so sick I just collapsed flat."
And John confessed the event, flying from
Boscombe Down in Wiltshire to RAF Fairford in
Gloucestershire and taking in most of the UK en
route had also seen a reunion with Connie Fisher,
winner of How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? which John helped judge.
"She told them she didn't want to be sick so her
plane was just flat," he said. "We kept looping
round her to wave at her. But it was a great
experience and I think I have seen the whole of England, upside down."
Also taking roles in the panto are Birmingham's
Don Maclean as Widow Twankey, Lily McConigley as
Princess Yasmin, Peter Gallagher as Abanazar and the Daleks from Doctor Who.
Tickets for the event went on sale before
Christmas and sales figures are already well
ahead of last year without the cast even being announced.
Theatre chief executive Stuart Griffiths said
signing up Barrowman, who is currently filming a
second series of the Dr Who spin-off Torchwood
and judging television's hunt for Joseph in Any Dream Will Do, was a real coup.
"We are delighted that John, one of today's
biggest stars from stage and television, will be
heading the cast in what will be the theatre's
50th year of pantomime," he said.
Aladdin plays Birmingham Hippodrome from December
19-January 27, contact 0870 730 1234 or see
for ticket details.
Connie launches air show
Jun 6 2007
by Gareth Morgan, Western Mail
SHES more used to a nuns habit and him a more
old-fashioned military overcoat when appearing for their fans.
But yesterday Welsh musical star Connie Fisher
and Torchwood actor John Barrowman donned the green jumpsuits of RAF aircrew.
They appeared at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire
to launch this summers Royal International Air Tattoo.
The pair enjoyed a low-level flight in two RAF
Hawk jets from Boscombe Down in Wiltshire before
landing at the US Air Force Base.
The Royal International Air Tattoo is the worlds
largest military air show and is held in support
of the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust.
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