'Masterplan' for Rory's deaths in Doctor Who

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 20 May 2011
Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill)

Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill)

'Doctor Who' writer Matthew Graham thinks there is going to be a bigger plotline behind character Rory Williams' regular flirtations with death

'Doctor Who' writer Matthew Graham believes there is a "masterplan" behind Rory's 'deaths' in the show.

The writer - who has penned this week's adventure 'The Rebel Flesh', the first episode of a two-part adventure which concludes next week with 'The Almost People' - is adamant showrunner Steven Moffat's penchant for constantly almost killing Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill) will eventually be revealed to be significant in the overall story arc of this series.

Matthew said in an interview with SFX magazine: "Does he (Rory) die in every episode? I suppose he does! He does die a lot. That's a good point. You know what, with any other showrunner I'd say, 'Oh, I don't know, they probably don't know what they're doing.' But if anyone has a masterplan about Rory's multiple deaths, it'll be Steven. But I will be the last to know."

The 'Life on Mars' co-creator also revealed his upcoming episodes rely more on traditional plot elements such as frights and questions of morality rather than playing on the time travel element of the BBC One sci-fi series - which stars Matt Smith as the titular Doctor.

He added: "With the story I needed to tell, there was no point in overcomplicating it in terms of structure. I think what's going to be a lot of fun about this story is that it's a Frankenstein's monster tale and complexities that comes out of the story are moral and social complexities rather than timey whime stuff.

"So there didn't seem to be any point in telling the story backwards, or throwing structural curveballs at the audience. It's a big enough challenge for writers to just tell a good solid story in real time."


1. Sinclair Macleod22 May 2011, 10:28pm Report

The rebel flesh was the worst episode of Doctor Who I have ever seen. I felt sorry for the actors that had to perform this crap. I am an avid Doctor Who fan and a fan of science fiction in general and the only time I have seen shows written this badly is shortly before it gets cancelled.
This episode felt more like it was phoned in and didn't have the usual nail biting excitement that we are used to. Even my partner thought this was rubbish and it took me some time to get her to watch Doctor Who in the first place.
I hope that this writer was having a bad day as it's that story that fails (please Frankenstien has been done to death). I'm going to skip the second half of this and start watching again after this terrible story is over.

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