Arthur Darvill on a possible Doctor Who return

It’s the 60th anniversary year for Doctor Who! And that means the Whoniverse is alive with rumour and speculation about who will be returning for the three special episodes in November.

We already know that David Tennant will be back as the Doctor (this time the Fourteenth incarnation) and that Catherine Tate will be reprising her role as Donna Noble, his companion. We’re also being treated to an emotional final appearance of the late great Bernard Cribbins as Wilfred Mott as well as seeing Jacqueline King back as Sylvia Noble and Karl Collin as Shaun Temple.

In addition to these returning characters, we know there will be new characters joining the show, including another Rose played by Yasmin Finney, and a baddie portrayed by Neil Patrick Harris.

But after the massive multi-Doctor turnout and historic companions reunion in Jodie Whittaker’s swansong The Power of the Doctor, fans are expecting there to be more special guests in the 60th show… but who could it be?

Well, after not appearing in The Power of the Doctor, many believe that Doctor actors and companions from the post-2005 era could be due some cameos in the shows – especially as they’re being overseen by Russell T Davies, the man who masterminded the return of the show after its long hiatus from TV screens.

So, could that mean the return of Arthur Darvill, who played Rory Williams opposite Karen Gillan’s Amy POnd during Matt Smith’s Eleventh tenure? The answer is, er, maybe…

“I always said that I wouldn’t but I think that changes over time,” Darvill told the Metro when asked about a potential retrun.

Added Darvill: “I’m sure it will happen at some point. [Matt, Karen and I] have always said we’d have to do it together.”

This echoes what Karen Gillan said about a return last year, stating: “I would like to do it with Matt Smith and Arthur Darvill if I was going to go back.”

So who knows, maybe we will be seeing the trio pop up somewhere in the 60th shows? That would be quite the surprise.

After the 60th anniversary specials are done, we turn our attentions to a new and exciting era of Doctor Who with Ncuti Gatwa and Millie Gibson playing the Fifteenth Doctor and his companion Ruby Sunday. This will kick off with a festive special in 2023 and the rest of season 14 of Doctor Who playing out across 2024.

As if that’s not exciting enough, Russell T Davies recently described the fourth episode of the new season as “one of the greatest things I’ve ever made in my life,” – yep, it’s looking like it could be an epic return after a long wait!

The new episodes in 2023 form the first as part of a partnership between the BBC and Disney to make Disney+ the streaming home globally for Doctor Who.