Monday, March 27, 2023

Rory Williams Is Back in Big Finish’s ‘The Lone Centurion’

BBCDOCTOR WHORory Williams Is Back in Big Finish's 'The Lone Centurion'

Rory Williams is back!

The Eleventh Doctor’s companion and husband of Amy Pond served as guardian of the Pandorica for nearly two thousand years. It started the legend of the Lone Centurion, a warrior constantly traveling, protecting the Pandorica and leaving traces in dozen of civilization’s history. Now, it is time to discover what happened to him before being reunited with The Doctor in “The Big Bang.”

Arthur Darvill reprises his role of Rory Williams in two volumes of this new Doctor Who spin-off produced by Big Finish called The Lone Centurion. The first volume will be available in May 2021 and the second volume will be released in July 2022.

The first volume of The Lone Centurion will include three stories taking place in second century Rome. The titles and writers are already known:

Traveling to Rome in search of the Pandorica, Rory finds himself forced to perform as a gladiator in the Colosseum … where he attracts the attention of the Imperial household.

“Gladiator” by David Llewellyn

“The Unwilling Assassin” by Sarah Ward

“I, Rorius” by Jacqueline Rayner

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Producer Scott Handcock said: “I’ve worked with Arthur on a few Big Finish projects before now, so I know first-hand how much he loves the audio medium. It’s one of the reasons we ended up doing Frankenstein together, where he gives an electric performance as Victor! It’s lovely when an actor wants to do more, but I knew he was nervous about revisiting Rory and upsetting established story arcs, which is how The Lone Centurion came about. Set during the centuries he waits for the Pandorica to reopen, these stories allow us to explore new sides to the character while remaining true to his on-screen journey. As soon I started suggesting it to Arthur, I knew we were onto a winner…”

Actor Arthur Darvill agreed: “It seemed like an offer I couldn’t refuse. As soon as I read the scripts, I was like, ‘Oh well, they totally get it, they’ve really nailed his voice’. It’s been a lovely way to revisit it in a very different way to what it was, but to do something more with this character. It’s funny but also quite epic, which is so lovely with what you can do on audio: to have these huge stories which in another medium would break the budget!”

The Lone Centurion is already available to pre-order on Big Finish’s website as a CD or as a download (Volume 01, Volume 02). Listeners can also purchase a bundle of the two volumes to save money.

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