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Saturday, 23 April 2011 - Reported by Chuck Foster
With media interest in the imminent return of Doctor Who running high, it is perhaps unsurprising that some of the popular characters from previous series were discussed, looking at the possibility of their return in the future.

John Barrowman, aka Captain Jack Harkness

Speaking to The Gothamist, series head writer Steven Moffat talked about his views on the return of older characters, including Captain Jack:
There's no rule against that. People talk as if somewhere there's been some schism. There isn't an intentional line at all. I do think there's a danger, if you're always harkening back.

Jack - who I wrote in the show - I'd love to have him back. I was thinking he should really be here recently but he's busy (filming Torchwood: Miracle Day).

John Simm, aka The Master

Speaking to Life of Wylie, John Simm wouldn't rule out a return to Doctor Who as the Master, if the production team asked:
I’m sure I could but no-one’s mentioned it. Steven Moffat is a brilliant writer and it would be nice to see what he does with The Master. Maybe they’d want him to regenerate into somebody much younger. Somebody from Skins or something like that. Or a woman. And what would be wrong with that?

They can do whatever they want with The Master. You’re at their mercy. But I’d seriously consider it if they asked me. I’d love to have a go at Matt Smith because I think he’s really great.

James Corden, aka Craig Owens

Speaking to Shortlist, producer Marcus Wilson commented on the potential of James Corden as a series regular:
What’s lovely about Doctor Who is that people want to guest star in it. We set out the story commissions for this series and we knew that we wanted to do a sequel to The Lodger. James said, "Tell me when, I’ll be there." We thought that his episode would be a one-off, but it did so well that everyone was keen to do another. Now he’s pitching to us for a trilogy.