Arthur Darvill: I want to come back to Doctor Who for a geriatric reunion

The Broadchurch actor says that he'd love to see the Doctor's former companions spend an episode in group therapy

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Back in 2012, Doctor Who fans were devastated as companions Rory (Arthur Darvill) and Amy (Karen Gillan) left the series, in a tragic episode that saw them trapped in 1930s New York by the Weeping Angels. Three years on, we’d love to see a reunion – but according to star Arthur Darvill, that might be a while coming. 37 more years, to be precise.

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“We should come back in 40 years,” the actor told RadioTimes.com. “We could all come back and do a sort of geriatric reunion.”

Quite a wait, but Darvill reckons he has the perfect storyline to bring the characters back together again.

“I’ve got written an episode in my head where all the companions go into therapy together, and do like a big group therapy session,” he said. “It’s a really sort of dark, depressing episode of Doctor Who but I think it’d help them out a lot.” 

Sounds like a great idea to us. We can almost see it now…

Of course, even if that did happen (we’re writing the pitch to the BBC as we speak), it sounds like it could be a while before we have Rory Williams back in the Whoniverse. But we needn’t despair – Darvill’s next major role has more than a sprinkling of Doctor Who style in it, with the actor portraying “Time Master” Rip Hunter in superhero TV series Legends of Tomorrow. So, is he just a sucker for time travel?

Darvill as Rip Hunter in the Legends of Tomorrow trailer

“There are gonna be comparisons, because it’s a show about time travel, and we do go to different periods in time,” Darvill said.  “And when I got offered it, that was a big concern. But because my role in it is so different to the role I played in Doctor Who, it doesn’t feel like repeating anything. It’s a totally different challenge to me.

“I don’t think you can do a time-travelling thing without referencing Doctor Who or Back to the Future. This definitely puts a new spin on it.”

Arthur Darvill’s best Doctor Who moments

Legends of Tomorrow begins filming soon, but fans looking to see Darvill on screen won’t have to wait that long. Tonight he appears in Lenny Henry’s retold childhood story Danny and the Human Zoo as Jonesy, a DJ who becomes the manager of young impressionist Danny (Kascion Franklin) – and has a certain sense of 1970s style that Darvill took to heart.

“I can’t tell you how much fun it was going to work every day, dressing up like that!” Darvill told us. “I had a moustache for a while, which my wife wasn’t that pleased about, but I really enjoyed it. I got to wear some very snazzy shirts.”

But apparently, you can have too much of a good thing, even if it is classic 1970s accessorising.

“I was walking down Oxford Street with my ‘tache, and saw a gold chain in a jewellery shop. And I thought, ‘do you know what, I think I can pull that off’,” Darvill recalled. “And I went in and tried on lots of chains, and looked at myself in the mirror with my moustache and my gold chain on and thought, ‘Oh God, you’re a tit, what are you doing?’

“I think I got a bit too into the fashion.”

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Danny and the Human Zoo is on BBC1 tonight (Monday 31st August) at 9.00pm