Could the weekly demise of Rory Pond be down to the creative machination of The Grand Moff?
The Rebel Flesh writer Matthew Graham certainly thinks so! Speaking to SFX, Graham reveals that he suspects the Doctor Who showrunner is killing Rory for a reason.
“Does he (Rory) die in every episode? I suppose he does! He does die a lot. That’s a good point. You know what, with any other showrunner I’d say, ‘Oh, I don’t know, they probably don’t know what they’re doing.’ But if anyone has a masterplan about Rory’s multiple deaths, it’ll be Steven. But I will be the last to know.”
Whether or not this is a veiled reference to Rory dying at some point in Graham’s two-part adventure isn’t really a spoiler, as there has only been two episodes (that we can think of) in which Rory hasn’t gone for a Burton.
As for the supposition that Steven Moffat has an ulterior motive for killing Rory… well, might he just dislike him…?