Arthur Darvill is a time traveler! Yes, he was Rory Williams, going through time and space with Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor and Karen Gillan’s Amy Pond from 2010 to 2012, but that’s not what I meant. No, I was talking about the new DC Comics show, Legends of Tomorrow…
Darvill, as you’ve no doubt heard already, plays Rip Hunter, leader of a band of heroes – and seasoned Time Master. So what did he make of the similarities between this role and the one he’s most famous for? Arthur told Headlines & Global News:
“When they pitched the idea of the show, I was like, ‘This is very close to Doctor Who‘. We had various discussions and, obviously, it deals with similar themes like time travel. I’m an Englishman in a long coat [with] a time machine, so there’s no getting away from that. But, as the series goes on, I’m pleased you will notice more and more differences between Rip Hunter and the Doctor. They are very different.”
The show opens in the year 2166, a world crippled by Vandal Savage, who further murders Hunter’s family. Rip travels back in time to assemble a team of superheroes – including The Atom, Hawkgirl and Hawkman, and White Canary – to fight Savage, to get payback. But if he does decide to change the future and save his family, that, as we all know, is A Massive Paradox.
Darvill explains how the character fascinated him, and is especially happy about having an action figure of himself (you’re free to point out there’s a Rory figure already available, but they were pretty hard to buy for a while). He says Whovians have been enthusiastic about Legends of Tomorrow too:
“Everyone has been really positive about the whole thing. I think people are enjoying the similarities, and I’m not going to stand here and say there are no similarities because there are, but what’s great is the show is so totally different from that show.”
When asked whether he’s watched Doctor Who since the Twelfth Doctor got the key to the TARDIS, he replies:
“Yes, I have, and think Peter Capaldi is one of the best actors in the world. He’s so committed and brings his own amazing nuance to everything he does. I think he’s great, and I’m a big fan of his.”
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow airs Thursdays at 8pm ET on The CW. It’s due to debut on Sky 1 in the UK on 3rd March.