When you have a fan following like Doctor Who, people will take notice when the actors star in other television shows and movies. Arthur Darvill is well known for his role as Rory, one of the Doctor’s companions, on Doctor Who. He appeared in 27 episodes from 2010 to 2012. Now, Arthur has taken on a new role in DC’s Legends of Tomorrow as Rip Hunter. Rip Hunter is a Time Master, which is suspiciously similar to being a time lord.
I couldn’t help but notice the parallels when I began watching Legends of Tomorrow. As a longtime fan of Doctor Who these stood out to me more than any other aspect of the show. Let’s do a small recap for those of you who are not part of the Doctor Who fan base.
Doctor Who is a show on the BBC about an alien Time Lord that travels through time and space on a stolen TARDIS. He stole the TARDIS after getting into some trouble with the High Council on his home planet of Gallifrey. A TARDIS is simply a spaceship which can be camouflaged to fit into any location, although this particular one no longer has this ability. That’s why it’s always depicted as an British police box. Doctor Who first aired in 1963 and has a collective 26 seasons. In that time the Doctor has had many companions that travel with him as he saves the day and goes to war against an array of enemies.
Legends of Tomorrow has Rip Hunter, a Time Master. He has the ability to travel through time, but not space. He even has his own ship which allows him to do this, a ship he also stole despite the Time Council urging him not too. Rip has even managed to acquire some companions of his own. While his companions are not your average persons, they are a mix of both heroes and villains. Just like a Time Lord, he promises adventure.
They each have their own primary antagonist who is separate from their every day missions. In Doctor Who the Daleks hold that title. The Daleks and their creator Davros have the intention of destroying any lifeforms that is not of the Dalek race. In the case of Legends of Tomorrow, Vandal Savage is bent on world domination.
The CW Network has tapped into the Doctor Who cast for a couple other characters. Arthur Darvill is not the first. John Barrowman, known as Captain Jack Harkness on Doctor Who, has a recurring role on Arrow as Malcolm Merlyn. Alex Kingston, better known as River Song, has appeared on Arrow as Dinah Lance. Given these circumstances, will we see more similarities between characters and casting? It’s still early, but I will be keeping an eye out for more Doctor Who parallels as I continue to watch DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.