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I'm intrigued by this quote from Series 3 Episode 12, The Sound of Drums (emphasis mine):

DOCTOR: See? It just shifts your perception a tiny little bit. Doesn't make us invisible, just unnoticed. Oh, I know what it's like. It's like, it's like when you fancy someone and they don't even know you exist. That's what it's like. Come on.
(Martha stares after him as he starts off, while Jack looks at her.)
JACK: You too, huh?

Obviously Jack has sussed Martha's infatuation with the Doctor, but I've never been entirely sure what the "too" refers to. It could mean "as well as Rose", but the first interpretation that came to my mind was "as well as himself". This is also the interpretation given at Wikipedia:

she received similar commiseration from Jack Harkness, who is also infatuated with him, in "The Sound of Drums".

But Wikipedia isn't a reliable source, and he could have been referring to Rose rather than himself.

Does Jack really have strong romantic feelings for the Doctor?

Since this is Jack Harkness we're talking about, flirtation doesn't count - he does that with everyone he meets. Kissing the Doctor goodbye in The Parting of the Ways also doesn't count, since he did the same to Rose at the same time.

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    The Doctor has a pulse, so, yes. – Politank-Z May 18 '16 at 23:07
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    To "fancy" someone in British slang usually means something less serious than to be "in love with" someone. I don't think it requires "strong romantic feelings" either. Thesaurus.com lists it as a synonym for having the hots for someone, or lust after them. – Hypnosifl May 18 '16 at 23:12
  • I'm pretty sure Jack meant Rose in that first quote... – tilley31 May 18 '16 at 23:52
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    @Randal'Thor Hard to say. Romance is rough when you're both temporal anomalies. – Politank-Z Nov 15 '16 at 0:23
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    @Politank-Z I assume you speak from experience :-P – Rand al'Thor Nov 15 '16 at 0:29
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Oh, I think he is. Take a look at the spinoff show, Torchwood. Sometimes he runs off with the Doctor- without anyone else knowing. You see, Captain Jack Harkness wouldn't open the rift for anyone, not even for the death of his friends, right?

...Gwen Cooper asked, "Who would you open the rift for?"

And he answered, "The right kind of Doctor."

And moments later, you could hear the sound of the tardis. He smiles, and runs off to him.

  • I tend to agree with you. This is good evidence. Could you reference the episode this occurred in, though? – Adamant Nov 15 '16 at 0:03
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For me it always meant something like :

  • I know what it's like. It's like, it's like when you fancy someone and they don't even know you exist.
  • You too (know what its like), huh ?

So he's just saying that Martha is in love with the doctor, not him.

But I have nothing to back up that idea... except that Jack is not the kind of man who fall in love, he just want to f**k anyone (what species or sex that one can be) he sees ^^

  • 1. To "fancy" someone doesn't necessarily mean love, it can mean lust or "crush". 2. I disagree with your last paragraph, I think he fell for Ianto (see Children of Earth) – Adeptus May 20 '16 at 4:56

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