John Barrowman has been rushed to hospital for emergency surgery. The Doctor Who star had to have treatment in the US after suffering appendicitis. The Scottish actor, who also led the way in sci-fi spin-off Torchwood, had fallen ill at his home earlier this week, and was later told by doctors that he’d have to have his appendix removed immediately.
He was taken to the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, California, after collapsing in “agony”. John posted a video of himself on Instagram saying that he’d been woken up at 6am and taken down to surgery. He said: “I feel a bit like I’ve been hit by a car and I’m just sore all over. My throat is sore because of the tube. I’m just sore all over.”
He also posted a picture of himself laid up in his hospital bed, keeping his feet warm with a pair of TARDIS socks. “Got my fan made #TARDIS socks on keeping my feet warm in the hospital,” he said. The shock illness comes just days after the 50-year-old delighted audiences at San Diego Comic Con by taking to the stage in a sparkly TARDIS dress to perform a rendition of Copacabana.