We first meet Rory Williams when our timelord from Gallifrey sort of jumps back into Amy Pond's life. Amy Pond was The Girl Who Waits; she was introduced to The Eleventh Doctor when his time machine, and he, landed in her front yard and he jumps out, flustered, dealing with the after-effects of his latest regeneration.
He left her, promising to come back. But, as is often the case with The Doctor, it was a good long while before he returned. Meantime, the little girl who waited, grew up to be a young woman. All that time, she remembered and talked about her supposedly imaginary friend. And she told her best friend Rory all about it.
So, when The Doctor returned, as usual in time of crisis, Amy Pond, not too happy with him, nonetheless joins him in his current escapade.
And we meet Rory: A mostly ignored and ordinary young man, who seriously loved his dear Amy Pond. Though she hardly acknowledges him or his value, which is entirely over-shadowed by the presence of the adventuresome and impulsive Doctor.
This is all somewhat reminiscent of a past relationship between The Doctor and his companion Rose Tyler and her boyfriend Mickey. These triangles seem to be a common theme of The Doctor Who adventures.
What is The Doctor and what is Rory? What can we say they represent?
Let's find out.
Who Is Rory Williams?
I suppose upon superficial observation, it is impossible to compare Rory and The Doctor. The Doctor is exciting, masterful in the ways of time and space, a hero. Rory is a nurse. Sure, he cares about people, but he's not all too interesting.
At least, Amy seems to feel that way.
The Doctor and Amy treat him as mostly useless, maybe sometimes useful.
Somehow, as is often the case with people like Rory, he had lasting power. He loves Amy. And he cares about people. They are real to him, and not a fantasy. He might lack the adventure, but does not lack heart.
The Boy Who Waited And The Last Centurion
What Happens To Rory?
Taking a bullet to save The Doctor, in true Rory fashion, Rory falls into a crack in time and space and is deleted from Amy's memory. The Doctor remembers, but all that Amy has left of Rory is a ring he gave her. Though, she is sad and never knows why.
In order to set a trap for our rebellious timelord, The Nestene Consciousness conjures a duplicate of Rory as a Roman Centurion nearly 2000 years in the past. Testing Rory to see if he's real, The Doctor incites his anger by claiming that Amy is not all that important and Rory knocks the adventurous time lord on his can; to The Doctor's delight. It happened that somehow Rory had retained his memory and personality even in duplicate form.
The Universe's most evil of villains are locked away in Pandorica, a box that contains them away from all the worlds they intend to conquer and destroy.
Rory, having been programmed by the Nestene to destroy the time traveling Doctor and his companion, though he fights it, shoots his love Amy.
The timelord hero tells Rory The Pandorica will preserve and heal Amy, but she has to stay in there for around 2000 years. Rory puts her in the box.
When our Eleventh Doctor urges Rory to come with him to the future to meet Amy there, Rory insists on staying and guarding the Pandorica to keep Amy safe. He does so for nearly 2000 years.
When our Gallifreyan timelord and his companions, including Rory, save the Universe from the explosion that created the crack in time and space, Rory is restored to his original self and he and Amy marry.
On an adventure in New York, the creepy Weeping Angels trap Rory and end up sending him back in time. Amy, her love for Rory so strong and knowing she must be with him, allows an Angel to grab her and send her back in time to Rory, in a heart-breaking moment in which our dear Doctor loses her forever.
Amy and Rory live out the rest of their lives together until old age and death.
The Boy Who Waited
Rory is in for the long-haul. He isn't so much the exciting one, but he's the real one.
He is real and ordinary.
Though, he is more impossible than that Impossible Girl Clara and waited much longer than Amy, The Girl Who Waits.
He goes from caring and ordinary, to hero and Centurion.
While our Gallifreyan timelord is exciting, he is not long-term. He lives too long. He is desperate and hates goodbyes. He certainly hates endings. He touches lives, but must leave them. You can't grow old with The Doctor, not with him.
So he had to lose Amy and she'd never see him again. She had to be with that love that lasts.
And Rory is love. He is what the ordinary and real can do. Because of love.
He is an ordinary and real person who becomes extraordinary.
Because the impossible is very possible.
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