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Doctor Who alum says he’s ‘not a massive’ fan of sci-fi

Entertainment Weekly nabbed an interview with Doctor Who‘s Rory the Roman, Arthur Darvill, and we’re foaming at the mouth with jealousy. In it, though, he said something rather surprising.

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We were already excited for Legends of Tomorrow and all the nerdy DC goodness that would come with it. News of Arthur Darvill’s attachment only made it all the more thrilling. Things took a turn for the surreal, though, when it was announced that Darvill would play Rip Hunter, a time traveler. Uh, what? That’s right, folks. You’re going to see Rory Pond traveling space and time once, again!

This may be Darvill’s second adventure through all that wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey stuff, but don’t let that fool you. Darvill says he’s not actually a science fiction fan.

“I’m not a massive, massive fan of it,” Darvill admitted. “If I were, I wouldn’t be able to do it, if that makes sense?”

Don’t worry, though, geeks. He doesn’t hate us. Quite the opposite, in fact. Darvill went on to say he has plenty of respect for those who work in science fiction and take part in the fandoms.

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“What I like about the way these science fiction shows are going — and I suppose it’s always been historically like this — is that the stakes are really high, and the people who write them really, really care about them,” he said. “There’s a whole community. You get to tell stories about humanity and about what it is to be a human being, what it is to be a person, and good and evil. That’s what’s exciting to me.”

He loves us! He really loves us! We love him, too, of course. And, for all you massive Darvill fans, what the actor said about “researching” his role of Rip is sure to conjure the most glorious image in your mind.

“I mean, my research is me sitting at home in my pants reading comics, which is great work,” Darvill shared. He went on to say that his research only has him more thrilled for the role. “I’ve had some discussions with the producers about who Rip is and about what he’s got going on, and I’m so excited.”

We are, too, Rory. We are, too.
PS. Anyone else see Rip’s jacket and think of another, younger Doctor?

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