Rory Arthur Williams (Eleventh Doctor)
Young Rory played by: Ezekiel Wigglesworth (2011)
The Last Centurion
Rory is a nurse, Amy's childhood friend, and now her husband. Growing up together with Amy, she used to make him dress up as her "raggedy Doctor", and he's appropriately freaked out to learn that the man actually exists. He starts off incredibly reluctant to travel with the Doctor, out of love for Amy and fear for his own life, but quickly rises to the challenge and becomes a tremendously courageous force to be reckoned with.
- Always Save the Girl: If you suggest that his girlfriend is less important than the universe, then he will punch your lights out.
- Amnesiac Lover: In "The Wedding of River Song", in which he's lost all his memories of the correct timeline and only knows Amy as his boss (albeit who he is quietly devoted to). The Doctor tries to get them back together again... and fails, at first.
- The Atoner: As an Auton, following the (apparent) death of Amy by his own hands.
- Badass Adorable: "A Good Man Goes to War" has him terrifying Cybermen and then later crying with joy at his baby daughter.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Normally a gentle soul (he's a nurse, after all), but he's capable of amazing destruction if his family is threatened.Rory: I have a message from the Doctor... and a question from me. WHERE. IS. MY. WIFE? Oh don't give me those blank looks, the twelfth Cyber-legion monitors this entire quadrant! You hear everything. So you tell me what I need to know, you tell me now and I'll be on my way...
Cyber-Leader: What is the Doctor's message?
[the entire Cyberman fleet outside the window explodes]
Rory: Would you like me to repeat the question?
- Big Damn Kiss: Apart from a few very Big Damn Kisses with Amy, the Doctor (well, Matt Smith, improvising) rather unexpectedly snogs him once. Rory makes a "yuck" face.
- Bullying a Dragon: Rory is normally a gentle soul, but it is not a good idea to test his patience whenever Amy is in trouble.
- Butt-Monkey: Started out as Amy's put-on "sort of boyfriend" so wasn't taken seriously by anyone and regularly made a fool of himself. Many, many levels in badass later...
- The Champion: Spent 2000 years as the Guardian of the Pandorica, simply to make sure Amy would remain protected.
- Character Development: He went from an insecure Mickey-type character whose main purpose was to look hurt, to a Badass Adorable man who is willing to spend two thousand years protecting his wife.
- The Chew Toy: Where Amy gets horribly tortured emotionally, it is Rory's lot to suffer physically, in new and interesting ways. At one point, fans on Twitter jokingly threatened to come after Moffat with a pitchfork if he tortured Rory again. Moffat responded they'd have to haul the pitchfork out of Rory first.
- Chick Magnet: Gathers quite a few looks from various female characters (and, after a while, from Eleven as well). Even the TARDIS fancies him, calling him "the pretty one" one episode later, it's revealed that they have a child together, in a sense.
- Covert Pervert: In "Space" and "Time", he accidentally causes a major malfunction in the TARDIS because (a) His wife is wearing a skirt and (b) The TARDIS has a glass floor.
- Deadpan Snarker: An often dry and understated example, he responds to the insanity that is his life with frequent snark.
- Auton Rory spent 1894 years protecting the Pandorica simply because Amy was inside and she was, just about, a bit safer with him there.
- In "The Wedding of River Song", in another version of reality, to give Amy time to flee, he ignores the fact he's being electrocuted.Amy: You have to take your eye-drive off!
Rory: I can't do that ma'am, I can't forget what's coming.
Amy: But it could activate at any moment!
Rory: [with trembling, clenched fists] It has activated, ma'am.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?:
- Rory tops himself, and quite possibly takes the all-time Companion Crowning Moment, in Doctor Who Magazine comic "The Chains of Olympus", where he lets out a Pre Ass Kicking One Liner in the form of "Hi, honey! Is this bloke bothering you?", announces himself as Roranicus the First of the Upper Leadworth Empire, and whips out a Your Mom joke... all before taking on Ares, the Greek god of war in SINGLE COMBAT, and wiping the floor with him. Eat your heart out, Kratos.
- He also once slugged the Doctor, who has been known to do a fair impersonation of Cthulhu himself/send Cthulhu crying for his mummy. That said, in that case, the Doctor was intentionally provoking him, to see how much of him was Auton and how much was Rory.
- He also punched out Hitler. And put him in a cupboard.
- Disney Death: He has a knack for wiggling his way out of being Killed Off for Real.
- Distressed Dude: Frequently. Amy never takes it well.
- Double Consciousness: Rory remembers both his original life and his life as the Last Centurion in the universe of the Total Event Collapse. However, he's worked out how to block away the latter set of memories most of the time unless he decides he needs to access them.
- The Dreaded: After the reboot of the universe, he's been woven into all human legends as "The Last Centurion".
- Establishing Character Moment:
- He's first introduced as being the only one in the hospital not to dismiss the rumour about coma patients wandering about, which attracts the Doctor's attention when he notices he's busy taking photos of them, rather than the sun going dark. He's only then introduced properly as Amy's fairly timid boyfriend.
- As a companion this moment comes in "The Vampires of Venice", when he quite angrily tells the Doctor that "you have no idea how dangerous you make people to themselves", establishing himself as the first companion since Donna who doesn't outright idolise the Doctor, and someone who is perfectly willing to call him out.
- In the same story he witnesses an apparent vampire attack... and focuses on trying to save the victim rather than chasing the vampire.
- Expy: Shares traits with Larry Nightingale from "Blink", a story Steven Moffat wrote before taking over as the head writer, right down to being interested in a girl that's considered way out of his league. Unlike Larry, he definitely does hook up with the girl he likes.
- Fanservice Pack: Mild version. In Series 6, the costume department gave the character more flattering clothes (like tighter jeans) and hair gel. It's also applied to the Roman uniform when it reappears.
- The Fettered: Remembering his time as the Last Centurion hurts, so he blocks it out for his own sanity. When needs must, he has 2,000 years of experience as well as years of training as a Roman soldier that he can draw on.
- Foil: The Nurse to the Doctor's Doctor.
- From Bad to Worse: Story of his companionship and non-existence right up through the penultimate episode of Series 5, which culminates in an Auton with his memories killing Amy against Rory's will.
- Genre Savvy: Rory knows a bit about science and science fiction, and the Doctor gets peeved when Rory doesn't need anything explained to him, especially how he perfectly understands the TARDIS interior being bigger on the inside.
- The Good Captain: In "The Wedding of River Song", he is "Captain Williams" in Amy's anti-Silence organization.
- The Heart: This is a common trope for companions of the Doctor, but Rory's compassion and kindness are showcased more than just about any other companion in the Revived Series. These traits are often Lampshaded by the Doctor, and it makes him an Unwitting Pawn in "The Rebel Flesh"/"The Almost People".
- Henpecked Husband: He's okay with it most of the time, and offers only mild resistance to being called her boy or taking her last name.Amy: Would I make it up at a time like this?!
Rory: Well, you do have a history of [receives Death Glare] ... being very lovely.
- Heroic Bystander: Though not a fan of adventuring, Rory sets the tone early when, upon coming across a vampire attack, his first impulse is not to flee or chase the monster, but to stop the victim from bleeding to death. Throughout his time with the Doctor, he tends to act to save life first and foremost. This leads to him not only tending the wounded, but frequently doing awesome things like punching Hitler out to stop him shooting an apparent innocent bystander, and then locking him in a closet!
- Heroic Sacrifice: In "The Angels Take Manhattan", he commits suicide by jumping off of the top of a building in New York to create a paradox that would prevent the Weeping Angels from taking over New York.
- Heroic Willpower:
- In his Auton form as the Centurion, he uses willpower to keep himself from going insane. He draws on this again in "The Wedding of River Song", but it nearly fails. Despite this he manages to keep his gun aimed through nigh unbearable pain. Rory gives Samuel L. Jackson a run for his money in BAMF territory.
- This has the unexpected bonus of making Rory completely resistant to Mind Rape, if "The Doctor's Wife" and "The God Complex" are any indication.
- Hero of Another Story: Early in "The Big Bang", he spent 1894 years worth of history guarding the Pandorica. Probability of zany adventures: extremely high.The Doctor: So. Two thousand years. How did you do?
Rory: Kept out of trouble.
The Doctor: How?
- Hospital Hottie: In case you could ever forget, he's a nurse, and a pretty one at that.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Rory's ideal world as recreated by the Dream Lord is rather quiet he is a doctor instead of a nurse, Amy is pregnant, and most of the residents of their hometown are over 90.
- In-Series Nickname: The Last Centurion.
- Internal Homage: He succeeds Big Finish companion Hector Schofield as a cute nervous nurse (and sci-fi dork) who goes from The Chew Toy to intergalactic hero. Creator Steven Moffat is a huge Big Finish fan and loves to reference the series.
- Just Friends: He had feelings for Amy to the point of Single-Target Sexuality, whilst she was Oblivious to Love to the point she thought he was gay.
- Killed Off for Real: After eight attempts, Moffat finally kills him permanently in "The Angels Take Manhattan". He has a gravestone and everything. While Amy and Rory are dead in the present, they still have 50+ years in the past, and Amy's final note assures the Doctor that they are living Happily Ever After there.
- Knight in Sour Armor: Series 6, thanks to spending 1,894 years straight guarding the Pandorica from anything and everything that could possibly threaten it. In "The God Complex", he says he neither fears nor believes in anything anymore. His eye roll at Eleven's inability to wait for even five minutes gets quite magnificent at times.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: Whenever Amy is threatened, Rory is no longer content to hold back and stay by the sidelines. He's been pushed to the point where he is going to wage war!
- Living Legend: As the Lone Centurion, he is interwoven into a significant number of Earth's legends, right up until his presumed death in World War II.
- Love Martyr: After he dream-dies in "Amy's Choice", Amy admits to the Doctor that she never told him she loved him, and this was the (constant) day before their wedding.
- The Maiden Name Debate: After he marries Amy, she legally takes on his last name... at which point the Doctor merrily starts to call him "Rory Pond". Rory protests, a bit, at first. It becomes fairly hilarious once the Doctor insists on also calling Rory's father "Pond".
- Manly Tears: He sheds a few when reunited with Amy and their daughter before the rug gets pulled out from under them:Rory: Oh God, I was gonna be cool. I wanted to be cool, look at me...
Amy: Crying Roman with a baby. Definitely cool.
- The Medic: Rory is a nurse, and acts like it. (See Heroic Bystander above.) As of "A Good Man Goes to War" he's evolved into a Combat Medic.
- Missing Mom: Rory's mother never appeared once.
- Given his father managed to spend several days in the TARDIS without anyone noticing, that suggests she's not in the picture anymore for whatever reason.
- In "The Rebel Flesh", Rory remarks that his Mum is obsessed with Dusty Springfield. This was the extent of her presence on the show.
- Mistaken for Gay: Amy never saw him show any attraction to any girl, and assumed this because she was too thick to realise that there was at least one he liked...
- Nerves of Steel: At the start of series 5, he's a nervous nurse who's in no way ready to deal with space/time travel. By mid-series 6, he believes he's lost the ability to feel fear from the amount of crap he's seen and experienced, making him immune to this week's form of Mind Rape. note When he thinks he and Amy are dead, his only reaction is "We're dead. Again." His alternate universe self, in the Time Crash, is like this too. The only thing that frightens him is the thought of losing Amy.
- Nice Guy: Really, really nice guy; he's a popular nurse at his hospital.
- Noodle Incident: He spent 1894 years staying out of trouble... unsuccessfully.
- Not Afraid to Die:
- He knows full well that he might not survive the 1894 years guarding the Pandorica. He still does so anyway.
- In "The Angels Take Manhattan", after seeing the death of his future self who spent over 50 years without Amy simply as food for the Angels, Rory decides to jump off of the roof. When Amy protests, he says it's Better to Die than Be Killed and his intention is not suicide, but to create a paradox large enough that it will take the Angels with him and prevent any of this from happening!
- Not So Different: To the Doctor, and it's best shown in "A Good Man Goes to War", where his actions demonstrate that episode's title could be interpreted as referring to either the Doctor or himself.
- Older Sidekick: At least in "The Big Bang", following 2,000 years of guarding the Pandorica as an Auton.note Outside of that episode he's more debatable, being physically in his twenties while retaining the Auton memories.
- One-Man Army:
- In "Day of the Moon", Rory has over twice the number of tallied markings on him, implying that during the three months he spent in 1969, he's dealt with the Silence on nearly a daily basis (while also constantly outwitting the FBI).
- Best demonstrated in "A Good Man Goes to War", where Rory, in full Centurion gear and armed only with a sword (and a screwdriver), managed to waltz through a Cyberman-controlled vessel and scare the living crap out of them. In the same episode, he takes down a half a dozen Headless Monks armed only with a Gladius and Pistol.
- Only Sane Employee: Unlike his boss, he's the only one in the hospital to take the rumours of wandering coma patients seriously.
- Only Sane Man: Acts as the voice of reason on the TARDIS. Unlike the Doctor and Amy, he recognises the danger they often find themselves in, and isn't afraid to call out the Doctor on his tendency to act cavalier with people's lives.
- Moffat says that Rory actively makes himself this because otherwise he'd get sucked into life with the Doctor like Amy.
- Phrase Catcher: Manages to get a good "Oh, Rory..." out of the Doctor every once and awhile.
- The Power of Love: When Amy was trapped in the Pandorica, Rory protected her for two thousand years. It was his love that kept him sane.
- Previously Overlooked Paramour: Amy initially overlooks Rory (partially because she believes him to be homosexual) in favour of her infatuation with the Eleventh Doctor, but eventually comes to terms with her own feelings for Rory, who has always been there for her, and whose personality she considers to be the most beautiful she has ever encountered.
- Promotion to Opening Titles: As of the 2010 Christmas special, and thereafter.
- Really 700 Years Old: Mentally, he's almost two thousand years old, which makes him technically older than the Doctor. (Or, at least, older than the various ages Doctor was claiming to be when he knew Rory. Since the Doctor doesn't remember his exact age anymore, he could still have been older.)
- Reluctant Warrior: He honestly doesn't want to fight anyone, but if you threaten Amy, all bets are off.
- Ret-Gone: Temporarily; he's not only fatally shot, but absorbed by one of the cracks afterwards. The Doctor remembers him, but Amy doesn't.
- Sarcastic Devotee: To the Doctor, and to Amy, if he can get away without being hit with her shoes afterwards.
- Secret Test of Character: The Doctor casually threatens Rory's family to see if the Auton-Rory he's talking to has genuine human emotions. He does.
- Secular Hero: After his stint as the Last Centurion, he fears nothing and believes in nothing; not religion, not superstition, and not even friends of his like the Doctor.
- Shrouded in Myth: In his Auton form as the Centurion, getting written into legends all over the world as a result. No one knows for sure if he's real or not, but there are many accounts of him.
- Single-Target Sexuality:
- Only ever shows attraction to Amy; his entire life, just Amy. Which leads to Mistaken for Gay, by Amy. The moment they focus on his face when Amy says them being together is impossible is sad, then a few seconds later when Amy reveals she thinks he is gay is very funny.
- In a very sweet comic from IDW's series, Amy and the Doctor get body-swapped. Rory decides that he doesn't even care. He kisses the Doctor, realizing a bit too late that the body switch has already been corrected again. (Amy asks them to do it again but slower.)
- The Slow Path: As the Centurion, he spent 1,894 years waiting while the Doctor skipped ahead with the Vortex Manipulator. Note that he explicitly chose The Slow Path, despite the Doctor trying to talk him out of it.
- Smarter Than You Look:
- In his first episode, while the rest of the planet pays attention to the sun going wobbly, Rory (who up til now has just been an easily cowed nurse) pays attention to the coma patient that's out walking his dog. Later on, he figures out why the TARDIS is bigger on the inside remarkably quickly and without any help from the Doctor at all. The only companion to have done this so far.
- Done rather subtly throughout series 5 and 6, and tied to his taking a level in badass. He was already smart enough to spot Prisoner Zero, but when the Doctor comes back for him a few episodes later, he's studied up on enough physics and time travel to know more than most comparable companions. Add in his years as the Centurion and he's become one of the Doctor's most competent companions in a while. For all of his occasional mocking, the Doctor seems to trust him more than any other companion, probably due to their similar experiences. He could be the strongest and smartest companion the Doctor will ever have, with the possible exceptions of River and Jack Harkness which, since one is a part-Time Lord Super Soldier trained to assassinate the Doctor himself, and the other is a centuries old ex Time Agent with Complete Immortality (depending on whether or not he's actually the Face of Boe, who was millions/billions of years old, and even then, the Face chose to die) and incalculable levels of military experience, isn't too shabby.
- Straight Man: According to Moffat, Rory has to make himself this, otherwise he'll get sucked in to the life like Amy.
- Super Strength: In his Auton form as the Centurion, he can drag the Pandorica from a burning building.
- Sword and Gun: Due to his memories of being the Last Centurion, he has over 2000 years of experience in this form of combat. He wields them to devastating effect in Series 6, as shown by managing to infiltrate and blow up a Cyberman fleet and successfully hold off the Headless Monks.
- Taking the Bullet: At the end of "Cold Blood"... and then he gets retconned out of existence.
- Tangled Family Tree: Albeit his part of the family tree is probably the least tangled about it. See River Song and Amy Pond for the rest.
- They Killed Kenny Again: Rory Williams: the man who dies, and dies again. In Doctor Who: Best of the Companions, one of the commentators equated him to Kenny from South Park, and believes Moffat gets some sick pleasure out of torturing Rory◊. It gets to the point where he complains at one point that he's dead... again.
- Thousand-Yard Stare: He has one whenever he remembers the 1,894 years as the Last Centurion. The Doctor mentions that he sometimes catches Rory just staring.
- Tomato in the Mirror: In "The Big Bang", he did not come back from the dead. He was a Nestene replicant whose programming killed Amy.
- Took a Level in Badass:
- Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth:
- In "The Doctor's Wife", Rory is not shown to have been subjected to any Mind Rape by House, suggesting that either House knew it'd not work on him, or that it happened off-screen and Rory was simply better at shrugging it off.
- In "The God Complex", the titular Hell Hotel shows people their worst fears so the Minotaur can feed on their faith. Rory is not religious nor superstitious, has experienced enough in his travels to be left with very little to fear anymore and unlike Amy, does not have faith that the Doctor will always be around to save them. In the end, all the Hotel can do is show him the exit. Shows just how amazing he is.
- Trapped in the Past: Rory and Amy's final fate is to be trapped in 1930s New York by Weeping Angels. The Doctor can't go back to them due to the damage the Angels did to local spacetime.
- Trauma Conga Line: Like Amy, though where hers is emotional/psychological, his is mostly physical the only characters to die more than him are the Doctor himself (depending on whether or not one counts regeneration as dying) and Captain Jack Harkness, who's got Resurrective Immortality going for him.
- True Beauty Is on the Inside: Amy cites this as the reason she fell for Rory:Amy: You 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? Then there's other people, when you meet them you think, "Not bad. They're okay." And then you get to know them and... and their face just sort of becomes them. Like their personality's written all over it. And they just turn into something so beautiful. Rory's the most beautiful man I've ever met.
- Undying Loyalty: 1,894 years guarding what was basically Amy's coffin so she could revive.
- Unfazed Everyman: He's a very ordinary and relatable guy, but he also takes his first view of the inside of the TARDIS far better than most new companions have. He very quickly works out that the TARDIS interior exists in a different dimension, which is what allows it to be Bigger on the Inside, without any help from the Doctor (which actually kind of annoys him!). While he has his moments of panic after that (at least at first, before he became the Last Centurion) he tends to take things far more in stride than most ordinary people would. In fact his overriding emotion at his house being stormed by UNIT is mild irritation.Rory: There are soldiers all over my house, and I'm in my pants!
- Victorious Childhood Friend: He was friends with Amy back when she was "Amelia".
- Vitriolic Best Buds:Both the Doctor and Rory seem to enjoy the level of snark they throw at each other.
- Weapon of Choice:
- What the Hell, Hero?: Often calls the Doctor out on constantly making people try to impress him, often putting them in serious danger.
- When He Smiles: While flirting with him when working the controls, older Amy tells him to give her a minute and his cutest smile in order for her to fix them properly.Older Amy: That's the one.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: Just as Amy remembers who he is... the Auton programming overruns him and he's forced to shoot her.