How many times can you kill off the same character before his or her death becomes meaningless?
- Amy’s Choice – The first glimpse we got of Rory’s demise was technically in a dream, but we weren’t sure of that at the time. All we knew was that if it wasn’t a dream, what an awful way to go – breath from an old person! This wouldn’t have been the first instance in Doctor Who of a second companion brought on board one episode only to be written out in the next – remember Adam from the Eccleseries? He never died, but his very removal from the show justified the argument that could have been made immediately after Rory was vaporized – that this was the last we would ever see of this nervous boyfriend sidekick.
- Cold Blood – So here we were, happy to see Rory back after we thought he might be dead in the previous story, only to see him killed off for real at the climax of the Doctor and company’s journey to the center of the Earth. Darn you Doctor; you just had to pull that shrapnel from the crack and give Restac time to shoot at you and hit Rory, didn’t you?
- Cold Blood – Hold on, didn’t we just mention that episode? Shortly after being shot down by a lizard and removed from life, Rory was swallowed up by a crack in time and removed from existence completely, and Amy’s memories specifically, which arguably counts as a second death within minutes of his first.
- The Big Bang – Like the rest of the story, this one’s a bit tough to get your head around. As I interpreted the story, the Doctor flew the Pandorica into the sun-like TARDIS and brought about Big Bang Two, which destroyed everything throughout all of time in the universe as we knew it, which included Auton Rory. It all happened fairly quickly in the actual episode, but a new universe brought on by a new Big Bang would take billions of years to form a new Earth, and another 4.6 billion years to spawn a new Rory, whose memories of his 2,000 years of life prior to Big Bang Two all came back after Amy remembered the Doctor. Perhaps I’m looking at it the wrong way round, but again, as we all know, it’s an extremely confusing story!
- Day of the Moon – We were given a bit of a break from Rory deaths for a little while after the Series 5 finale, but come episode two of the current run, we were treated to a rather amazing sequence at the beginning that included Rory being shot down on top of the Glen Canyon Dam in Arizona by Canton and his crew… or so we thought.
- The Curse of the Black Spot – Captain Avery’s son was dematerialized – “Just how much is that treasure worth to you man?!” – and suddenly, to everyone’s surprise, Rory gets knocked off the ship and into the sea. And then, just to top it off, the Doctor, rather than diving in after him, sends the Siren to go and fetch him instead. So if he hadn’t drowned before, he was certainly a goner now, right?
- The Curse of the Black Spot – Okay, so it turns out the Siren’s a medical practitioner, not a deadly ocean-beast feeding on pirates. All Amy has to do is stick her hand in the consent form and voila! A Rory she has no idea how to save! As he lies on the TARDIS floor, we’re led to believe for a moment that Rory is finally, once and for all, dead. For all we know, even looking back on it, he could have been. It certainly doesn’t appear to have been any of Amy’s efforts that got him breathing again. Could there be have been intervention from an unknown third party?
Rory as Kenny was found here.