So there’s good news and mysterious news. The good news is that Arthur Darvill will be coming back to Doctor Who for its seventh series. All you fans of Rory Williams rejoice! The mysterious news is that he’s not confirmed how involved in the show he will be, which further fuels the rumours that the character of Rory will be leaving the TARDIS as a full time occupant at the end of Series 6.
Talking to SFX magazine, the actor confirmed that he would be returning to Doctor Who in Series 7 but would not confirm the capacity or the amount of his involvement.
The time traveller’s life has always been a difficult one for Rory, his fiancé stolen away in the night by the Doctor, then he’s suddenly whisked to ancient Venice to battle fish monsters and tray and accept the fact that hiss missus fancies the Doctor. He’s died so many times, lived for two thousand years as an Auton, seen the universe reset, had his wife replaced by a doppelganger and most recently had his new born baby stolen to be fashioned into a weapon to kill the Doctor. Many people would argue that any one of those events would warrant a long holiday but all in succession, that’s going to need permanent retirement!
Arthur was quoted as saying:
“I will be coming back at some point… There is an involvement in some way.”
That does sound a lot like he won’t be around in a major capacity but in more of a Martha Jones or Captain Jack “pop in for an episode or two” scenario.
We’ll just have to watch this space…