Last night we were watching a Midsomer Murders episode, ‘The Axeman Cometh’, and I told my mother* that this is the episode where Cully meets the man she will marry.
I won’t get into tonnes of detail, because boring!, but when we realized which guy it had to be, my mother frowned and said, “That guy? Ugh. He’s so… bleh.”
I shrugged and said, “Hey, he could be a Rory.” And that made her reconsider and nod.
For those not in the know, Rory is Rory Williams, a companion from Doctor Who. He’s also regularly referred to as Mr. Pond (an inside joke). When we are first introduced to Rory, most of us viewers were perplexed; what the hell did Amy see in this dude? After a season or so, however, he becomes one of the favourites, and without whom the show would have been a sadder and more terrible place. The character helps to forge a new path for romantic male leads, avoiding all the more toxic male tropes. While not the first of this type, he’s probably one of the most well known.
So now whenever we run into a less than promising new male character, we give him a chance, because he might be a Rory; slow to grow on you, but eventually he wins your heart.
*Midsomer Murders are one of the shows my mother and I managed to compromise on; we’re still catching up, but we’re getting there!