Rory Plumbs New Depths

Everyone has dreams.

Why, I have a small as yet unfulfilled dream where I’m riding in a hot air balloon with the members of U2, where we hover, facing a sunset and I tip them over The Edge one by one (what in the name of love are you talking about?! – Ed).

But enough about my deep seated psychological problems; congratulations to Arthur Darvill who fulfilled a life times ambition to swim with sharks.

Rory himself took the plunge at the Blue Planet Aquarium, Cheshire Oaks inside there 3.8 million litre Caribbean Reef display surrounded by sharks, stingrays and eels.

Footage of the dive was aired last Saturday as part of Doctor Who Confidential where Arthur spoke of his ‘James Bond’ experience:

“Something that has both excited and terrified me is the idea of swimming with sharks. I just think they are such fascinating and amazing creatures. I’ve been snorkelling a few times but to be able to swim with them in a controlled environment is just awesome.”

The Blue Aquarium is home to Europe largest collection of sharks including Nurse Sharks (max. length 4m), Lemon Sharks (max. length 3.4m), Black and White Tip Reef Sharks (max. length 2.4m), Zebra Sharks (max. length 3.5m) Stingrays (max. width 2m) and the famous Sand Tiger Sharks (max. length 3.2m).

Rumours Arthur Darvill entered the tank to broker peace with the sharks who were apparently offended by their CGI counterpart in A Christmas Carol stealing a plum role from hard-working showbiz sharks are as yet unfounded.


Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

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