Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 31 July 2014

No regrets for Darvill over Doctor

Arthur Darvill starred with Matt Smith and Karen Gillan in Doctor Who

Arthur Darvill has said he has no regrets about leaving Doctor Who - even though it means he won't be part of the hit show's 50th anniversary episode this year.

The actor joined the BBC sci-fi series in 2009 as Amy Pond's boyfriend and later husband, Rory Williams, before leaving last year.

The Time Lord returns to our screens at Easter, but Arthur said that rather than feeling like he is missing out by not being involved any more, he is "quite excited about watching it and seeing what they've come up with".

He added: "Doctor Who is going to follow me around forever. I think once you're involved with something like that, you're involved for the rest of your life."

Playing Rory has brought him recognition from all corners of the globe, not least Hollywood. "I'd really love to work there," Arthur admitted. "I've received some interesting scripts from America recently. I'd like to do maybe a couple of episodes of something or a film, but I think I'll always come back. London really feels like home."

Arthur said he was open to ideas when it came to his future career.

"I'm kind of up for anything!" he laughed. "I enjoy what I do and I want to be doing it for a very long time. I get excited by things that are a challenge for me, and I've been very lucky over the last few years to do a range. But yeah, I'm ambitious and I want to do lots of different things."

In his latest role, as a young vicar in new ITV drama Broadchurch, he is part of a star-studded cast, including fellow Dr Who luminaries Olivia Colman and David Tennant. Olivia appeared in Arthur's very first episode of Doctor Who, and he said: "It was really good to work with her again, we get on really well."

As for Tennant: "Working with David was just great. He's brilliant actually. He's very different in this. I think he'll impress."

:: Broadchurch begins on ITV on Monday March 4.

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