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John Barrowman (a.k.a. Captain Jack Harkness from Doctor Who and Torchwood) Is Coming to Phoenix Comicon

Rumors have been afoot that the über-geeks running Phoenix Comicon are arranging a guest appearance by one of the stars of rampantly popular British sci-fi show Doctor Who.

Turns out the scuttlebutt was, indeed, true as the event's organizers revealed over the weekend that American actor John Barrowman, known to Whovians throughout the universe as Captain Jack Harkness, will make a stop at Phoenix Comicon 2013 next month.

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A favorite of Doctor Who fans, Barrowman has portrayed the charmingly roguish character (who's adventurous and libertine persona was aptly described by one Whovian on YouTube as "Time Traveling, Immortal, Omnisexual Superhero") in multiple episodes of the rebooted BBC program since its revival in 2005, as well serving as a main character of the (now-defunct) spin-off Torchwood.

The always witty Harkness, who's openly bisexual and has lusted after both the Doctor and his various companions over the years, tends to get in plenty of quips whenever he's made an appearance on either show, including such memorable lines as "Who looks at a screwdriver and thinks, 'Ooh, this could be a little more sonic'?"

Although Doctor Who has seemingly been an ever-present thing at Phoenix -- ranging from attendees dressing as various incarnations of the 907-year-old Gallifreyan (particularly the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors) to the annual "Party Like a Time Lord" affair -- this is the first guest from programs that will be making a guest appearance at the event.

Needless to say, both Phoenix Comicon attendees and the local Doctor Who faithful are pretty geeked (pardon the pun) about Barrowman appearance.

One fan named C'loni Bailey, for instance, replied to the announcement on the Phoenix Comicon Facebook page with the following: "I cannot describe how loud I squeed over this! There are few celebrities I get majorly excited over and Barrowman is one of them!"

Phoenix Comicon takes place from Thursday, May 23, to Sunday, May 26, at the Phoenix Convention Center. Daily admission prices are $15 to $30 while a full event memberships is $50.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.