Behind every great man, there has to be a great woman. And behind that great woman, there’s another great man – or at least there certainly was when Amy Pond joined the TARDIS! Join us as we celebrate Mr. Pond himself, Arthur Darvill, who turns 34 today!
Darvill, playing the role of Amy’s then-boyfriend Rory Williams, made his first Doctor Who appearance in 2010’s The Eleventh Hour. As a rather weedy male nurse, The Doctor did not initially take to Rory, but his respect for him grew over time. Rory would reappear later in Series 5 from The Vampires of Venice through to Cold Blood, where he was not only killed but erased from existence by the crack in time. Amy forgot her fiancé and it would not be until The Pandorica Opens that she finally remembered him – as a deadly Auton duplicate that shot her dead. To help save her, Rory guarded the Pandorica throughout history for 2000 years, earning him the title of the legendary Lone Centurion who more than earned his place next to Amy’s side.
Their wedding day would turn out to be one of the most important dates in all of creation, not only because it was when the Silence blew up the TARDIS and The Doctor had to reset the universe, but also because it led to the conception of the Pond’s daughter, River Song – a revelation that came during Series 6’s mid-series finale, A Good Man Goes To War. Now married, Rory would stay on board the TARDIS with Amy until Series 7’s The Angels Take Manhattan, where he was unexpectedly caught by a Weeping Angel and forced to live out the rest of his days stuck in the past – although fortunately for him, Amy made the ultimate sacrifice and they shared their remaining years together.
Outside of Doctor Who, Darvill has also graced British television screens as Reverend Paul Coates in the hit ITV drama Broadchurch, starring David Tennant and written by incoming showrunner Chris Chibnall. He has also appeared in musicals, most notably Once (in 2013 and 2014), and currently he is starring as Rip Hunter in Marvel’s Legends of Tomorrow, a time-travelling spin-off of Arrow and The Flash.
Rory Williams may have had to wait an awfully long time for a reason to celebrate, but we can certainly all try to make Arthur Darvill’s day by wishing him many happy returns! Have a dead good birthday, Mr. Pond (geddit?) – although we can’t promise to surprise you by having Matt Smith pop up out of a cake!