That’s right, kiddos, this week there will be not one, but two Doctor Who alumni on the new, hit show Arrow on The CW. Since episode one, we have been graced by Colin Salmon, AKA “Dr. Moon,” from the two part Doctor Who episode that began with “Silence in the Library.”
If you have been expecting Salmon’s character, Walter Steele, to tell Oliver Queen that Starling City is all in his head, that thought may only be exacerbated by the presence of Captain Jack Harkness himself! Yes, finally, in this week’s episode the great and versatile showman John Barrowman is back on our TV sets on this week’s episode of Arrow, entitled “An Innocent Man.”
“He’s got a recurring role on the show,” said show writer Marc Guggenheim at this month’s New York Comic-Con when asked about Barrowman. “He’s terrific. The word that comes to mind whenever I see dailies with him is ‘magnetic.’ He’s just incredibly magnetic. For me, the thing that I’ve enjoyed the most about watching his performances is that every time he interacts with a different member of our cast, it’s a special event. Watching the way his performance subtly changes; watching what he brings out in the actors and the characters. He plays a role that is sort of like a stone being thrown in a pond. His character creates all these ripple effects throughout the series.”
The folks behind Arrow sought out Barrowman. Guggenheim said they had created his character first, and that Barrowman was their first choice. “Andrew Kreisberg, who is one of the other executive producers, is a huge Doctor Who fan and a huge Torchwood fan. He lobbied John really hard.”
“I consider John to be a mentor,” said Arrow star Stephen Amell, who plays Oliver Queen, “He’s had really interesting advice, because he’s been a part of this world. He sent me well wishes for New York Comic-Con on Twitter, which is very nice of him. He’s a really interesting guy and it’s such a coup for us to have him on our show. I wish I could talk about what he plays, but I can’t.”
But enough about John Barrowman; this new show, Arrow, is pretty gosh-darn good. Inspired by the Green Arrow comics, it feels like an amalgamation of Chris Nolan’s Batman, Robin Hood, Dexter, and with a touch of Lost (there’s an Island involved, with flashbacks).
Also at this month’s New York Comic-Con, cast members Katie Cassidy (“Laurel Lance”) and Willa Holland (Oliver’s sister “Thea”) met with the press to discuss their exciting and action-packed new show.
Cassidy described her character Laurel as “grounded, very down-to-earth. She is very strong, in my opinion.” In preparing for the role Cassidy explained, “I had done research about the comic book series and who Laurel was, and who were all her alter egos. But building a character, taking that into consideration, I wasn’t necessarily basing her off of that.”
When asked if viewers might see her as Black Canary, Cassidy paused and said, “I feel like that’s a question you have to ask Marc [Guggenheim] … and let me know what he says!”
Holland, whom you may recognize as Kaitlin “Mini Coop” Cooper from The O.C., is once again cast as a hard-partying little sister. “This character is a lot more layered than anything else,” Holland said of her previous roles on The CW adding, “The family dynamic is completely different and what she’s gone through is so very drastically different from ‘Kaitlyn.’”
Will Holland become Arrow’s sidekick Speedy? “Even I’m still completely in the dark. I have no idea when it’s going to happen or if it’s going to happen; or even if it will! There are a lot of hints towards it, so fingers crossed! I would love to pick up a bow and arrow and start kicking some a**!” answered a very enthusiastic Holland.
Later, Holland revealed that her favorite childhood cartoon was The Justice League, so she and Speedy seem like a match made in DC heaven! She also joked, “It’s not Stephen [Amell] in the posters, those are actually my abs.”
During the New York Comic-Con Arrow panel, a fan asked, “If you could have any character, from any universe on Arrow, who would it be?” Amell immediately responded, “General Zod. And it would have to be Terrence Stamp playing him.” So, Terrence Stamp, any plans?
Arrow airs on The CW on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. You can catch up on past episodes on The CW website. Follow the banter of the cast and crew on Twitter: Stephen Amell, Marc Guggenheim, John Barrowman, Andrew Kreisberg, Colin Salmon, and Katie Cassidy.