Arthur Darvill in Pelican Blood

Darvill in Surprise Broadway Casting

If you happened to be on Broadway last Friday, you might have had the fortune of coming across Arthur Darvill beginning a run in the hit show Once!

Arthur Darvill in Pelican Blood

Somehow defying the laws of Doctor Who fandom (a common occurrence last weekend!) Darvill takes up the role of Guy in the production which was previously held by Steve Kazee – and is believed to be signed up until December, thanks to an exchange program between the US and UK Equity unions.

The Rory Williams actor – last seen by fans in The Angels Take Manhattan – has appeared in several shows since leaving Doctor Who, including Dr Faustus. What is interesting about his latest role, however, is that Once is a musical, something that will allow fans of the actor to appreciate his musical ability (Darvill plays several instruments). observes of the surprise casting/reveal:

While some are calling the casting “interesting” or “not what they had expected,” others are running a range from extreme excitement (and certainly most of the Doctor Who fans fall into this category) to skepticism. Certainly Steve Kazee is a difficult actor to follow and with Darvill’s somewhat offbeat brand of good looks and very different vocal quality it will be interesting to see how fans, both new and old react to his portrayal.

Naturally, as Doctor Who fans we wish Arthur Darvill – who you can see tonight in the final episode of Broadchurch (was it him?!) – the very best of luck in this show.

(Via Stage Door Dish.

Christian Cawley

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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