Staff WriterYou know when sometimes you meet someone so beautiful — and then you actually talk to them and five minutes later they're as dull as a brick; but then there's other people. And you meet them and you think, ‘Not bad, they're okay,’ and when you get to know them ... their face just, sort of, becomes them, like their personality's written all over it, and they just — they turn into something so beautiful. Rory's the most beautiful man I've ever met. - Amy Pond in ‘The Girl Who Waited’ Rory Arthur Williams played by Arthur Darvill, the male nurse from Leadsworth who started his stint off on the show as the goofy fiancé, and somewhat third wheel, and really grew into his own eventually becoming not just a hero but also one of my favourite companions of New Who. We first meet Rory in the Eleventh Hour as Amy’s ‘sort of’ boyfriend; who’s always been around and felt eclipsed by Amy’s imaginary friend the ‘Raggedy Doctor’. It was no surprise that he recognized the Doctor immediately, revealing that Amy had made him dress up as the Doctor for Halloween once. He doesn’t, however, travel in the TARDIS for another two years (when the Doctor realizes that Amy was set to marry Rory but had ditched on the even of her wedding to go travelling) in ‘Vampires in Venice’. I’ll admit early on I felt like Rory was a nuisance but he grew on me which is why what Amy says about him in ‘the Girl Who Waited’ is so poignant. Amy isn’t the only person for whom Rory’s face and character becomes one of the most beautiful things about the show. The kind of character he is, is so beautifully human even when he’s an Auton, that you can’t help but fall a little bit in love with him. Because whether Amy was locked in the Pandorica or kidnapped by the Silence, or even in an alternate timeline (where everything occurred at once) Rory would find her. There's a man who will never let us down. And not even an army can get in the way. … He's the last of his kind. He looks young but he's lived for hundreds and hundreds for years. And wherever they take you, Melody, however scared you are, I promise you, you'll never be alone. … Because this man is your father. … He has a name but the people of our world know him better ... as the Last Centurion. – Amy Pond in ‘A Good Man Goes to War’. Even after he’s absorbed by a crack in space of time, ceasing to exist, ever, and thus being erased from Amy’s memory, he’s somehow brought back and deposited in 102AD as a Roman soldier- yet remembers his life as Rory. Unfortunately not only does Amy not remember him on account of his being erased from time, as part of being brought back as a Centurion in ‘the Pandorica Opens’ like the rest of the Roman soldiers he’s an Auton. Despite this, while Rory struggles against the compulsion to do as the other Centurions do, Amy’s memories about him win out and although he warns her to run she doesn’t and against his will he shoots her. He plays a big part in saving the universe, but more importantly (to him) in saving Amy’s life. Doctor: “Your girlfriend isn’t more important than the universe!” Rory *punches the Doctor*: “She is to me!” Rory achieved meme-status with the amount of times he’s died and come back to life, until of course the very end of their run when he’s zapped back in time by a Weeping Angel and Amy chooses to follow him, live out the rest of their days together. However Rory is more than Amy’s love, he becomes the guy who punched Hitler out and put him in a cupboard, the Centurion who waited two thousand years and the became the man who stood before a group of cybermen with a message from the Doctor and a question. ‘Where is my wife?’ Aboard the TARDIS, who labeled him ‘the pretty one’, Rory’s the voice of reason, but nevertheless inquiring, whose empathy meant his first instinct was often that of compassion. Humble, honest and utterly human, even when he wasn’t, and absolutely loyal to a fault- Rory is a badass. Now, if you miss Arthur Darvill’s beautiful face, check out BBC’s Broadchurch if you haven’t already done so.
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