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The Eleventh Hour - The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood, The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang - The Angels Take Manhattan
Arthur Darvill
Rory Williams
(2010 - 2012)
Arthur Darvill
Thomas Arthur Darvill was born in 1982 in Birmingham. He joined the Stage2 Youth Theatre Company at the age of 10 and was a member from 1991 to 2000 which landed him a job on CITV in 2000, presenting the continuity links between the shows. He left in 2001, founded his own theatre company (called Fuego's Men), and performed in the Midlands. At the age of 18 he moved to London and trained in acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

He made his professional stage debut in 2006 playing condemned criminal Harrison in Edmund White's Terre Haute, which ran at the Assembly Rooms during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He also appeared in Terra Haute's transfer to Trafalgar Studios in 2007.

Arthur Darvill then played the part of Rob in the 2007 monologue Stacy and later that year, he appeared in the Vaudeville Theatre's production of Swimming with Sharks along with Matt Smith. In 2008 he made his television debut in the ITV crime drama He Kills Coppers and in the same year, he played Edward "Tip" Dorrit in the BBC serial Little Dorrit.

He began playing Rory Williams, companion to the Eleventh Doctor, in 2010 becoming a regular character in 2011. Arthur Darvill left Doctor Who in May 2012 along with Karen Gillan (who played his co-companion and wife Amy Pond) – their last story to be filmed was "The Power of Three".

Arthur Darvill is also a musician and composer and has undertaken a number of radio and voice projects, including the Doctor Who audiobooks. In December 2011, he played Keith Moon for BBC Radio 4's Burning Both Ends and in 2012, he voiced Gulliver in Radio 4's Gulliver's Travels and Sam in the short film Penguin.
 Although Rory’s initial appearance created the impression that he would simply be another Mickey Smith - the boyfriend of The Doctor’s main companion while unsuitable for individual companion status himself -, he quickly proved to be a capable companion in his own right despite his late ‘start’.

Initially introduced to the audience just as Amy Pond’s boyfriend, Rory worked as a nurse in the local hospital of the village of Leadworth, only useful to The Doctor because he had noticed what appeared to be various comatose patients walking around the village. When he met the Eleventh Doctor - having spent his childhood pretending to be Amy’s ‘Raggedy Doctor’ as part of a game when they were children -, Rory’s observations helped The Doctor work out where to find his current enemy, the mysterious Prisoner Zero, in time to reveal its location to its former captors, the Atraxi, saving the world as the Atraxi recaptured Prisoner Zero rather than destroying Earth to prevent its escape.

The Eleventh Hour
The Eleventh Hour
An old friend of Amy’s - indeed, one of her only friends - as they were growing up, Rory and Amy had always been close friends, but Amy was initially ignorant of Rory’s deeper feelings for her - to the point where she had assumed that he was gay due to him never showing interest in other women until she learned that he was really interested in her ("Let's Kill Hitler") - until shortly after they left school, with the two dating for a few years until getting married in their early twenties, two years after The Doctor’s first return to Leadworth. After The Doctor returned to Amy’s house on the night before her wedding to Rory, she departed in the TARDIS without even telling The Doctor that she was due to get married the next day, only revealing the relationship to The Doctor when she tried to kiss him after a nearly-fatal encounter with the Weeping Angels ("The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone"). Wanting to ‘save’ Amy and Rory’s relationship - although unaware that Rory had always felt like he was Amy’s second choice, his nursing career based partly around a desire to ‘be’ the ‘Raggedy Doctor’ for Amy -, The Doctor crashed Rory’s stag party - popping out of the cake that would have held a stripper and revealing that Amy had kissed him - and took him off to the TARDIS, The Doctor hoping that some time in the TARDIS together would repair the damage that his arrival had done to their relationship ("The Vampires of Venice").

The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood
The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood
Although initially uncertain about travelling in the TARDIS, Rory demonstrated a surprising confidence once he was given the chance, criticising The Doctor for inspiring his companions to go into danger to ‘impress’ him ("The Vampires of Venice") while also showing compassion to a shell-shock victim they encountered during a trip to 1936 ("The Glamour Chase"). Despite this, Rory’s time in the TARDIS seemed to come to an end when he was shot by a Silurian warrior and subsequently absorbed by a crack in time that erased him from existence - The Doctor only able to remember him due to his status as a Time Lord where Amy forgot him due to the personal impact that Rory’s life had on hers - ("The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood"), only for The Doctor to be shocked to meet Rory again in 102 AD as a Roman soldier in Stonehenge. Although this Rory was revealed to be an Auton duplicate of himself created based on Amy’s subconscious memories of him and her childhood interest in Romans, he retained enough of the original Rory’s humanity to resist his programming, subsequently helping The Doctor save the universe by guarding the Pandorica - a legendary prison created to hold The Doctor, used to protect Amy after she was fatally injured until contact with her younger self in the distant future provided the Pandorica with a DNA sample it could use to heal her - for almost two thousand years, becoming the legendary ‘Last Centurion’ as he protected the Pandorica throughout human history, ‘faking’ his death in the Second World War to become a security guard in the museum where the Pandorica was kept. When The Doctor was able to use the Pandorica to restore the history that had been erased by the TARDIS’s destruction, Rory was restored to his original human form, although he retained at least some of the memories of his Auton duplicate ("The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang" and "The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon").

Let's Kill Hitler
Let's Kill Hitler
After The Doctor took them on a honeymoon - which included a trip to a honeymoon planet ("Death of The Doctor") and a luxury space cruise ("A Christmas Carol") -, Amy and Rory returned to Earth for a time, only to be reunited with The Doctor when they seemingly witnessed his death before being contacted by a younger version of The Doctor ("The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon"), subsequently travelling back to 1969 to investigate the mysterious Silence with the younger Doctor. Although Rory’s time in the TARDIS was particularly dangerous at this point, with Rory being nearly abducted by an alien medical program that was acting out of control ("The Curse of the Black Spot") and temporarily trapped in a TARDIS under the control of the malevolent House ("The Doctor's Wife"), he continued to cope with the challenges of TARDIS life remarkably well, having become far more comfortable with his role in Amy’s life (Even if she wore the metaphorical trousers in their relationship, to the point that The Doctor referred to Amy and Rory as ‘the Ponds’ on several occasions). On one occasion, he was separated from The Doctor and Amy for a month when he was attacked by a Weeping Angel and sent a few years into the past, but, based on nothing but a few relatively basic instructions from The Doctor and equipped with only a psychic credit card, he was able to arrange for The Doctor to acquire the necessary equipment to defeat the six Angels they were facing two years in the future from his current perspective before meeting up with younger versions of The Doctor, Amy and himself ("Touched by an Angel"). During another trip, while investigating Sontaran and Rutan activity in 1605 around the Gunpowder Plot ("The Gunpowder Plot"), Rory was able to not only evade both sides when he was forced to walk through both Sontaran-controlled sewers and the Houses of Parliament while they were the scene of a Sontaran/Rutan battle, but actually defeated a few Sontarans by using a catapult acquired from a local boy to hurl rocks at their probic vents (Although he required a sonic disruptor created by The Doctor to hurt the Rutans).

The Girl Who Waited
The Girl Who Waited
However, the Ponds’ relationship with The Doctor was altered forever when The Doctor and Rory realised that Amy had been abducted and replaced with a duplicate shortly after the wedding ("The Rebel Flesh/The Almost People") as part of a plan to turn Amy and Rory’s daughter into a weapon against The Doctor, the infant infused with Time Lord DNA due to her having been conceived on the TARDIS ("A Good Man Goes to War"). Although The Doctor and Rory were able to rescue Amy - Rory donning his ‘Last Centurion’ armour once again while he and The Doctor recruited various allies for their attack -, their attempt to rescue Amy failed to recover her and Rory’s daughter, only for the TARDIS crew to learn after the battle that their daughter, Melody Pond, would grow up to be the mysterious River Song… and, even more shocking, Melody Pond was also Amy and Rory’s other childhood friend, ‘Mels’, conditioned by the Silence to kill The Doctor and ensure her own conception ("Let’s Kill Hitler").

Asylum of the Daleks
Asylum of the Daleks
Although the Ponds and The Doctor were able to redeem River and set her on the path to become the River they would meet in their past and her future, after the TARDIS crew nearly lost Amy to a time-twisting ‘quarantine’ facility ("The Girl Who Waited") and a Nimon offshoot that fed on faith ("The God Complex") - Amy only escaping the first thanks to the sacrifice of an alternate future version of herself and the second due to The Doctor deliberately breaking her faith in him -, The Doctor returned Amy and Rory to their own time, wanting to protect them from the dangers that they had experienced in their time with him, only reuniting with them when River’s attempt to save his life nearly caused history to collapse before The Doctor restored reality by faking his death ("The Wedding of River Song"). Although The Doctor was willing to let Amy and Rory think that he was dead along with everyone else at first, he still clearly missed them, culminating in him being convinced to make contact with the Ponds once more after helping a family reunite amid the chaos of the Second World War ("The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe"), having been reminded of the importance of family. While The Doctor was away on another trip, Amy briefly tried to end her relationship with Rory when she discovered that her experiences on Demon’s Run had rendered her infertile, knowing that Rory had always wanted children and not wanting him to lose the chance to be a parent, but during a trip to the Dalek asylum the two were able to reconcile when Rory convinced Amy that he didn’t care about her inability to conceive ("Asylum of the Daleks").

With their near-divorce resolved, the two remained close from then on, finding a more comfortable balance between travelling with The Doctor and maintaining a life with friends on Earth, such as Rory committing to a more full-time employment as a nurse in a London hospital ("The Power of Three"). During one of their reunions with The Doctor, Rory’s father Brian accidentally came along with them - The Doctor had materialised the TARDIS around Amy and Rory in their flat while Brian was helping them to replace a lightbulb -, but despite his initial confusion Brian quickly came to accept the discovery of his son’s ‘secret life’, the two working together to control an ancient Silurian ship populated by various dinosaurs after The Doctor discovered that it required two close genetic relatives to operate the controls ("Dinosaurs on a Spaceship"). When The Doctor visited Earth to investigate mysterious black cubes, he admitted to Brian that some of his past companions had died, but Brian accepted The Doctor’s assurance that he would do everything in his power to keep Brian’s son and daughter-in-law safe, with Brian in return encouraging Amy and Rory to continue travelling with The Doctor as he recognised the value of the difference they could make in the Time Lord’s company, even if he felt that he was too old to travel with The Doctor himself ("The Power of Three").

The Angels Take Manhattan
The Angels Take Manhattan
However, The Doctor’s travels with Amy and Rory were finally brought to a halt during a final confrontation with the Weeping Angels in New York, when Rory learned that he would sent into the past during an encounter with a Weeping Angel in 1938, resulting in him being lost in the past for so long that he had become an old man by the time that The Doctor, Amy and River found him again - ironically accompanied by his own past self - in 1938, the future Rory dying of old age just as they discovered him. With no other way to stop the Angels, Rory jumped off the building rather than allow the Angels to take him - Amy accompanying him in the jump as she refused to let him die alone -, thus creating a paradox that destroyed the Angels’ food source. However, although Amy and Rory were resurrected by the paradox undoing their need to jump off the building, a single surviving Angel managed to separate Amy and Rory from The Doctor forever by sending them into the past of New York, where the disruption caused by the Angels’ presence would prevent him from ever taking the TARDIS to see them again. As a result, Amy and Rory lived out their lives in the past and died without ever seeing The Doctor again, separating him from the dearest friends of his eleventh incarnation (Although a deleted scene featured Brian being visited by Amy and Rory’s adopted son to explain what had happened to them).



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The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang
The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang
Rory’s most memorable moment is unquestionably his return in "The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang"; despite having been erased from history in "The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood", he reappeared in "The Pandorica Opens" as a Roman centurion with no memory of the intervening time and no idea how he had come to exist once more, with The Doctor finally attributing it to a rare miracle (It was later revealed to be the result of an Auton trap).
Television Stories
Format Story Doctor Fellow Companions Season Episodes
Television The Eleventh Hour The 11th Doctor Amy Pond Season 31 (New Series 5) 1
Television The Vampires of Venice The 11th Doctor Amy Pond Season 31 (New Series 5) 1
Television Amy's Choice The 11th Doctor Amy Pond Season 31 (New Series 5) 1
Television The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood The 11th Doctor Amy Pond Season 31 (New Series 5) 2
Television The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang The 11th Doctor Amy Pond and River Song Season 31 (New Series 5) 2
Television A Christmas Carol The 11th Doctor Amy Pond Season 32 (New Series 6) 1
Television The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon The 11th Doctor Amy Pond and River Song Season 32 (New Series 6) 2
Television The Curse of the Black Spot The 11th Doctor Amy Pond Season 32 (New Series 6) 1
Television The Doctor's Wife The 11th Doctor Amy Pond Season 32 (New Series 6) 1
Television The Rebel Flesh/The Almost People The 11th Doctor Amy Pond Season 32 (New Series 6) 2
Television A Good Man Goes to War The 11th Doctor Amy Pond and River Song Season 32 (New Series 6) 1
Television Let's Kill Hitler The 11th Doctor Amy Pond and River Song Season 32 (New Series 6) 1
Television Night Terrors The 11th Doctor Amy Pond Season 32 (New Series 6) 1
Television The Girl Who Waited The 11th Doctor Amy Pond Season 32 (New Series 6) 1
Television The God Complex The 11th Doctor Amy Pond Season 32 (New Series 6) 1
Television Closing Time The 11th Doctor Amy Pond Season 32 (New Series 6) 1
Television The Wedding of River Song The 11th Doctor Amy Pond and River Song Season 32 (New Series 6) 1
Television The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe The 11th Doctor Amy Pond and Madge Arwell Season 33 (New Series 7) 1
Television Asylum of the Daleks The 11th Doctor Amy Pond Season 33 (New Series 7) 1
Television Dinosaurs on a Spaceship The 11th Doctor Amy Pond Season 33 (New Series 7) 1
Television A Town Called Mercy The 11th Doctor Amy Pond Season 33 (New Series 7) 1
Television The Power of Three The 11th Doctor Amy Pond Season 33 (New Series 7) 1
Television The Angels Take Manhattan The 11th Doctor Amy Pond and River Song Season 33 (New Series 7) 1
Total Stories:   23 Total Episodes:   27
Other Stories
Format Story Doctor Fellow Companions Season Source
Book
Nuclear Time
The 11th Doctor Amy Pond Season 31 (New Series 5) The Eleventh Doctor Stories
Book
The King’s Dragon
The 11th Doctor Amy Pond Season 31 (New Series 5) The Eleventh Doctor Stories
Book
Death Riders
The 11th Doctor Amy Pond Season 32 (New Series 6) The Eleventh Doctor Chapter Books
Book
Heart of Stone
The 11th Doctor Amy Pond Season 32 (New Series 6) The Eleventh Doctor Chapter Books
Book
System Wipe
The 11th Doctor Amy Pond Season 32 (New Series 6) The Eleventh Doctor Chapter Books
Book
The Good, the Bad and the Alien
The 11th Doctor Amy Pond Season 32 (New Series 6) The Eleventh Doctor Chapter Books
Video Game Space/Time The 11th Doctor Amy Pond Season 32 (New Series 6) BBC Mini-Story
Book
Dead of Winter
The 11th Doctor Amy Pond Season 32 (New Series 6) The Eleventh Doctor Stories
Book
The Way Through the Woods
The 11th Doctor Amy Pond Season 32 (New Series 6) The Eleventh Doctor Stories
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Hunter's Moon
The 11th Doctor Amy Pond Season 32 (New Series 6) The Eleventh Doctor Stories
Book
Touched by an Angel
The 11th Doctor Amy Pond Season 32 (New Series 6) The Eleventh Doctor Stories
Book
Paradox Lost
The 11th Doctor Amy Pond Season 32 (New Series 6) The Eleventh Doctor Stories
Book
Borrowed Time
The 11th Doctor Amy Pond Season 32 (New Series 6) The Eleventh Doctor Stories
Audio The Eye of the Jungle The 11th Doctor Amy Pond Season 32 (New Series 6) BBC Audio Adventure
Book
The Silent Stars Go By
The 11th Doctor Amy Pond Season 32 (New Series 6) The Eleventh Doctor Stories
Audio Blackout The 11th Doctor Amy Pond Season 32 (New Series 6) BBC Audio Adventure
Book
Rain of Terror
The 11th Doctor Amy Pond Season 32 (New Series 6) The Eleventh Doctor Chapter Books
Book
The Underwater War
The 11th Doctor Amy Pond Season 32 (New Series 6) The Eleventh Doctor Chapter Books
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Sightseeing in Space
The 11th Doctor Amy Pond Season 32 (New Series 6) The Eleventh Doctor Chapter Books
Book Terminal of Despair The 11th Doctor Amy Pond Season 32 (New Series 6) The Eleventh Doctor Chapter Books
Video Game The Gunpowder Plot The 11th Doctor Amy Pond Season 32 (New Series 6) The Adventure Game
Audio The Art of Death The 11th Doctor Amy Pond Season 32 (New Series 6) BBC Audio Adventure
Book
Magic of the Angels
The 11th Doctor Amy Pond Season 32 (New Series 6) The Eleventh Doctor Stories
Audio Darkstar Acadamy The 11th Doctor Amy Pond Season 32 (New Series 6) BBC Audio Adventure
Audio Day of the Cockroach The 11th Doctor Amy Pond Season 32 (New Series 6) BBC Audio Adventure
Book
Dark Horizons
The 11th Doctor Amy Pond Season 32 (New Series 6) The Eleventh Doctor Stories
Audio The Nu-Humans The 11th Doctor Amy Pond Season 32 (New Series 6) BBC Audio Adventure
Audio The Empty House The 11th Doctor Amy Pond Season 32 (New Series 6) BBC Audio Adventure
Audio Sleepers in the Dust The 11th Doctor Amy Pond Season 32 (New Series 6) BBC Audio Adventure
Audio Snake Bite The 11th Doctor Amy Pond Season 32 (New Series 6) BBC Audio Adventure
Total Stories:   30
 
Parts of this article were compiled with the assistance of David Spence who can be contacted by e-mail at djfs@blueyonder.co.uk
 
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