Darcy Tyler Mark
credited as Mark Rafferty and Foster Rafferty
Darcy Eammon Tyler 2000-2003, 2004, 2005
Born: 1972 (also said to be c. 1969)
Parents: Robert and Carmel Tyler
Family Tree: Tyler
Occupation: Doctor at Erinsborough Medical Centre, Doctor/Hospital Orderly at Erinsborough & District Hospital
son of Susan Kennedy's sister
Carmel, Darcy was always Susan's favourite nephew. Darcy
had spent seven years running a medical practice with his
partner Alice before coming to Ramsay Street to spend some
time working in Erinsborough hospital's emergency department. On
his first day in Erinsborough, he bumped into Dee
Bliss at the coffee shop and there was an immediate attraction.
Darcy helped Dee after she tripped and sprained her ankle
in the Lassiter's complex but she was aware that he had a
girlfriend back home, so she kept her distance. However, she
eventually admitted to Tess
that she had really fallen for him. Darcy grew even closer
to Dione when she accompanied him to the medical ball and
they shared a dance.
Darcy admitted to Karl that
things were not going well between him and Alice, so the last
thing he was expecting was for her to arrive in Erinsborough
looking for him. Unfortunately, she turned up on the night
of the ball, and later gave Dione a warning to stay away from
Darcy. After Alice's visit, relations were strained between
Darcy and Dione and they found it difficult to work side-by-side
at the hospital. When Alice called, asking him to go home,
he was in two minds. He decided to apologise to Dee, but while
he was at Number 32, Alice returned and was furious. She demanded
to speak to Darcy in an effort to work things out between
them, but the conversation didn't go well and Darcy realised
he'd have to go back with Alice to sort the whole mess out.
few months later, just as Dee was beginning to get over him,
Darcy returned to Erinsborough, helping out Karl by filling
in as a locum. The two of them were still attracted to each
other, but it looked like they'd never be able to get it together
as Darcy took a job in Perth. Realising it was now or never,
Dione took the opportunity to tell Darcy how she felt - by
kissing him at the surgery. Then they got some good news,
as Darcy's job in Perth fell through and he no longer had
to leave. This led to Karl offering him a partnership at the
surgery. Unfortunately, things got off to an awkward start
when an audit revealed that Darcy had made some mistakes when
charging patients and the surgery underwent a full investigation,
only narrowly escaping being closed down.
weren't much better in Darcy's personal life as a phone call
from Alice caused problems for him and Dione. They decided
to take a break from each other. To make matters worse, Alice
was demanding that she get control over the practice after
their split and Darcy decided just to give in to her demands.
Meanwhile, things were becoming more and more strained between
Darcy and Karl and Darcy decided to move out. Luckily an opportunity
came along when Darcy saved the life of Louise
Carpenter after she fell in the pool at Number 30, almost
drowning. Lou was so grateful,
he offered Darcy the spare room at Number 22.
the incident with Louise, Dee and Darcy managed to work things
out and got back together. But a few days later, Dione received
a phone call from Alice, warning her not to trust Darcy. Dee
decided it was just sour grapes on Alice's part, but events
were about to prove Alice right.
began spending a lot of time with Dione's old housemate, Tess
Bell. When Dione turned down a night at the opera with Darcy,
Tess stepped in and took her place. At the end of the evening,
as Darcy was dropping Tess at home, they both acted on the
building sexual tension between them and kissed. Tess was
wracked with guilt, but Darcy was surprisingly calm about
the whole thing. Meanwhile, he was also facing financial ruin
after Alice's claims, so Dione agreed to lend him $1000.00.
When Tess heard about this, she was uncomfortable and warned
Dee that she might be making a mistake.
Darcy was not only plotting against Dee, but also his uncle
and partner in the surgery, Karl. Desperate for money, Darcy
began to see the potential of the surgery and what it could
be worth. His affair with Tess continued, with Lou walking
in on the pair of them kissing at Number 22. Darcy tried to
convince Lou that Tess was obsessed with him and had instigated
the kiss, but Lou wasn't sure what to believe. Things escalated,
as Darcy played Tess and Dione off against each other, causing
great damage to their friendship as they drifted further and
further apart. Dee almost caught them when Darcy turned up
at Tess' house for her birthday, but Tess' insistence that
Dione leave her alone only made matters worse. Suspicions
were also raised amongst the neighbours, when Lou and Harold
spotted Darcy's car outside Tess' house early one morning,
only confirming what Lou already thought.
Darcy and Tess on the same team at the fishing competition,
they had many opportunities to be alone. When Dee arrived
looking for them, she was pointed in the direction of Darcy's
car, where she spotted her boyfriend and friend kissing. However,
she didn't let either of them know what she had seen. Darcy
was still plotting his surgery take-over and his plans were
helped along when his partnership with Karl became official.
Unfortunately, Dee used the celebratory get-together at the
pub to reveal Darcy's affair, pouring a glass of champagne
over him in the process.
was a huge blow to Darcy, who was forced to try and win back
favour from his family and friends in Ramsay Street. While
his Auntie Susan stuck by him, Karl wasn't so sure. Darcy
also had to try to win back Tess, who felt awful about deceiving
her best friend. He decided there was only one thing left
to do, and proposed to her. Fortunately, she was swept away
in the romance and accepted. Darcy went to stay with Tess
and in the days leading up to the wedding, she began to have
doubts. Dee visited her, trying to convince her that Darcy
wasn't to be trusted and in the end, Dee got Alice to contact
Tess. Unfortunately for Darcy, Tess decided she couldn't marry
again, especially to someone she didn't trust and so she left
him standing at the altar, while she ran away to England.
lost Tess, Darcy turned his attentions back to the surgery.
He contacted his old friend, Victor McMillan, who Darcy told
Karl would make an excellent addition to the surgery, all
the time plotting to oust Karl. Darcy was horrified when he
found out that Dee had been on a date with Victor and was
right to be worried as Dee had learned of Darcy's plans. When
Dee confronted Darcy, he realised he had no choice but to
come clean with Karl and Susan before she did. He didn't quite
reveal everything though, only telling them of his plans to
sell out to a superclinic. When Karl opposed the plan, he
offered to buy back Darcy's half, but Darcy told him he wanted
$800,000 for it. As Darcy's terrible deceit became clear to
everyone, Susan was forced to apologise to Karl.
for Darcy, his buyer for the surgery, Marcus Teague from Total
Cover Health, pulled out, leaving Darcy facing huge debts
after he had bought a new sports car and rented an apartment.
Karl and Darcy spent weeks at loggerheads, until one day they
were driving by a construction site on their way to dissolve
the partnership once and for all. Part of the building had
collapsed, trapping a worker inside and Karl rushed in to
help. Unfortunately, while inside, another part of the wall
collapsed on top of Karl, leaving Darcy to pull him out, saving
his life. This gave Darcy some extra time in which to redeem
himself and eventually he begged for Karl to re-instate him,
promising that he had changed. This worked and Darcy returned
to his old position.
it wasn't long before Darcy had someone new to lust after.
When Serena Lucas, the new temp, arrived at the surgery, she wasted
no time in putting Darcy in his place, making it clear that
her interest lay in Karl. Meanwhile, Darcy found out something
that forced him to stop and reassess his life. During an argument
with Joel Samuels in the coffee
shop, he learnt that Dee had been pregnant a few months ago
with his child and had miscarried. Darcy confronted Dee, who
rejected his attention and sympathy and so Darcy was left
to accept that he couldn't do anything to remedy the situation.
he and Karl were having trouble dealing with Serena. While
Karl was determined to get rid of her, Darcy was growing attracted
to her and wanted her to stay at the surgery. Darcy was also
busy trying to find investors for a film, The Doctor is
Waiting, which was revealed to be pornographic. While
the other investors, including Harold, were shocked to learn
this, Darcy didn't seem fazed at all, as he was still trying
to repair his bank balance. He also continued his pursuit
of Serena, who quickly realised she was having no luck attracting
Karl and moved her attentions to his younger nephew. On their
first date, at Lou's Place, she stole some prescription pads
from his bag.
relations further deteriorated between Karl and Serena, Darcy
found himself in trouble when a young girl collapsed at Hemisfear
and bouncer Drew noticed that
she'd taken drugs prescribed by Darcy. Serena lied to them,
saying that she'd accidentally left the surgery unattended
for a few minutes, when she went for coffee. Her lies were
uncovered when Darcy caught her dealing at the club, and he
was forced to admit to Karl that he'd been wrong about Serena.
stress of the past few months had taken its toll on Darcy,
which manifested itself when he collapsed in the surgery,
clutching his chest. Fortunately, his cousin Elly
was passing and found him in time to call 000 and save his
life. Darcy learnt that he was suffering from a heart condition,
but would soon recover. The experience made Darcy reassess
things. Dee cared him for in hospital and they had a heart-to-heart,
which went some way to ease the rift between them.
leaving hospital, Darcy got close to Terri Hall, the policewoman
who lived in the flat above Libby
and Drew's. They began seeing each other and for once, Darcy
seemed to have met someone who he could have a normal relationship
with. Unfortunately, Darcy's jealousy got the better of him
and he followed Terri to a club where she was about to uncover
a drug ring. She was furious that he had ruined the operation
and dumped him. Just as she was about to leave Erinsborough,
Terri teamed up with Dee to fool Darcy into thinking he was
being investigated. Darcy was enormously relieved to realise
it was all a practical joke.
had also been developing a rivalry with Stuart
Parker, who had recently been dating Dione. Darcy took
every opportunity to comment on their relationship and belittle
Stuart. However, when Darcy was confronted with a snake at
Number 22, he was glad to see country boy Stuart arrive and
catch it. Stuart used the opportunity to wind Darcy up, claiming
the harmless was poisonous. When Amelia Moon arrived at the
garage to get some work done on her car, Stuart and Darcy
both vied for her affections, with Darcy winning once again.
His attentions quickly moved on however, when new patient
Penny Watts arrived.
knew that it was unethical to see a patient, but he couldn't
deny the growing attraction between himself and Penny. As
the two of them began to flirt more and more, Dee threw a
spanner in the works by revealing that Penny was a friend
of Tess. Darcy was angry and decided to forget about Penny,
but she got a job in the coffee shop and for once, Darcy was
being pursued. He began to give in. Meanwhile, he also posed
for Rosie's church calendar.
and Penny began seeing each other, despite the problems this
may cause. Dione was quick to realise what was going on and
warned Darcy about the trouble he could get himself into.
Karl put Darcy forward for a job at the hospital and during
his interview Darcy bumped into Penny. Karl also spotted Penny
and Darcy kissing and confronted Darcy, warning him that he'd
have to report him to the medical board, causing Darcy to
break things off with Darcy. Days later, Darcy faced a family
crisis when his Auntie Susan was diagnosed with retrograde
amnesia after a nasty fall. Darcy was forced to reveal to
Susan that her parents were dead.
was heartbroken when Darcy broke things off with her and began
pouring her heart out to anyone who would listen. Darcy, however,
was determined he wouldn't lose Penny and laid on a romantic
dinner in the pub, complete with violins. When Darcy's mum
and Susan's sister, Carmel, arrived in Erinsborough to help
her amnesiac sister, Penny was nervous. However, after a shaky
start, Penny and Carmel became good friends. However, they
saw an opportunity to wind Darcy up and before Carmel left
town, they played a joke on him, pretending to hate each other.
Penny was talking of marriage, Darcy met a girl in the pub,
Sindi, who he had an instant rapport with. On their first
meeting, she kissed him, so he was shocked when he found out
she was Penny's sister. After Penny's talk of marriage, Darcy
decided to publicly prove his love by arriving at Lassiter's
on a horse-drawn carriage and declaring his love. Penny, however,
was expecting a proposal and stormed off. Meanwhile, Sindi
realised the potential of the situation she was in and blackmailed
Darcy. After meeting him at the hospital and getting more
money, Sindi gave Darcy a kiss, unaware that Penny had witnessed
the whole thing. Things got worse for Darcy when a hurt Penny
reported to the medical board that he had taken advantage
of her, leading to an investigation. Darcy was punished by
being given a chaperone whenever he was with a female patient
- and Dee was happy to oblige. He was also humiliated when
the whole affair was reported in the Erinsborough News under
the headline ‘Local Doctor Disgraced'.
was once again on hand when hotel owner Chloe Lambert suffered
an asthma attack outside the coffee shop. He took her into
the surgery and she invited him to the theatre to see The
Graduate, the irony of which was lost on Darcy, who didn't
know the plot of the play. Chloe was grateful for the company
and she gave him a watch. This led to a great deal of gossip
in Erinsborough. Darcy was shocked when Chloe broke down in
tears and revealed that her husband, John, wanted a divorce.
Darcy could see the benefits of having Chloe as a close friend,
particularly when he got to meet Martin Cook, an influential
surgeon. However, at one of Chloe's parties, Darcy noticed
Chloe looking very pleased with herself infront of her friends
and realised he was being paraded as a toyboy. After a chat,
they managed to work things out and decided to ignore the
gossips. However, when the Lambert mansion was robbed, Chloe
asked Darcy to stay with her. Darcy agreed, despite the look
of disgust on Jordan Lambert's face when she came home and
met her mother's younger man. The next evening, the mansion
was robbed again and Darcy and Chloe spent the night tied
together, only being freed when the cleaner arrived the next
decided that she didn't want Darcy's friendship anymore, especially
after Jordan's reaction and she disappeared to her beach house.
Darcy followed her and declared that he wanted to take things
further with her and she at first refused, but eventually
agreed to a secret affair. Unfortunately, they were photographed
while at their secret retreat and the story appeared in the
gossip column of the Erinsborough News. Jordan also
returned to town, determined to end the relationship between
her mother and Darcy.
Darcy's car windows got smashed, then he was beaten up in
Lassiters car park. When Darcy suspected Jordan, Chloe was
horrified and refused to listen. But when Jordan came to the
hospital and admitted that she'd hired someone to teach Darcy
a lesson, both Darcy and Chloe were forced to reassess their
still in hospital after the attack, Darcy overheard a conversation
between Dee and Martin Cook, or Cookie. He offered to help
Dee with her harassment case and asked her to trust him. Darcy
continued to act as a friend to Cookie and they went to The
Delphium Club together for Darcy's enrolement. After a while,
Darcy turned the conversation to Dee and managed to get Cookie
to admit to everything. He threatened to tell Cookie's wife
unless he retracted his statement. Dee was thrilled and Darcy
finally managed to repair a little of the damage from his
affair with Tess.
however, was horrified with Darcy's actions. She didn't see
the point in losing an important ally like Cookie for a girl
like Dee. Later, she arrived at Ben's
first birthday party and witnessed Darcy holding baby Ben.
She arranged to meet Darcy where she told him it was over
between them ' she'd noticed how much he loved being around
children and she couldn't give him any. Plus, she'd noticed
that Darcy felt much more than just friendship towards Dee.
Darcy realised this was true, and at Susan and Karl's wedding,
he told his aunt that his biggest regret was letting Dee slip
decided to make it his mission to win Dee back. After winning
back her trust by getting rid of Cookie, Darcy learned that
Toadie had been invited to a 'Rebecchi Round-Up' family reunion.
He engineered things so that Dee would have to stay in Erinsborough
during the reunion then managed to talk her into dinner at
his place. He made sure to swap all his action movies for
romance and his dirty jocks for scatter cushions, and Dee
was suitably impressed. After dinner and a movie, she fell
asleep on his couch. The next morning, she walked in on him
naked in the bathroom, something which Darcy was not in the
least embarassed about.
then offered to take her to Toadie's reunion at Colac as he
was heading down that way to visit an old friend. She agreed,
but the car mysteriously 'broke down' in a small town and
they had to stay in a motel. Darcy had bribed the owner in
advance, making sure they ended up with what was supposedly
the only room left - a double. Darcy slept on the sofa, although
his tossing and turning led to Dee offering him the bed -
he was thrilled, until she got out and slept on the sofa.
their return to Erinsborough, cracks were showing between
Dee and Toadie and Darcy quickly picked up on this. He 'accidentally'
mentioned a letter from the motel, addressed to Mr. and Mrs.
Darcy Tyler. He let slip that they had shared a room, which
caused tension for Dee and Toadie, but Darcy failed to cause
more than a heated row between them. However, after giving
Dee a lift home one night, he had a snoop through a box of
her old stuff that had been sent up from Tasmania. He was
shocked to find a wedding certificate with Dee's name on it
and so he began a new phase of his plan - tracking down her
After finding the mysterious Darren Turner, Darcy phoned him, explaining
that Darren had won a competition - and the prize was two tickets to the
Erinsborough Charity Ball. Having made sure that Darren, Toadie and Dee were
all at the ball, Darcy set about introducing Dee to her ex-husband and
watching as the fall-out began. When Darcy deliberately probed Darren for
information on his and Dee's past together, Darren revealed that they'd
been married. Darcy watched the relationship between Toadie and Dee fall
apart. Both of them came to him for advice and he easily managed to convince
Toadie that Dee was not to be trusted - even saying that Dee had not been
entirely blameless during his affair with Tess.
Dee decided to move out after catching Toadie reading her diary and Darcy
was quick to offer her a place to stay. He made sure that both Toadie and
Dee were reliant on him for support and information. When he bumped into
Sindi Watts, the sister of his ex-girlfriend Penny, in the Coffee Shop, a
new phase of his plan came into play. Convincing Libby to bring Dee down to
the pub that evening, he paid Sindi to flirt with Toadie. The first thing
Dee saw as she walked in was Toadie and Sindi fawning all over each other.
Darcy was not so pleased when Sindi begged him for Toadie's number, having
actually fallen for him. At first Darcy refused, but when Sindi reminded him
that she knew about his plans to keep Dee and Toadie apart, he quickly
Darcy, meanwhile, had been accepted into the prestigious Aurora Club and
took Dee along for his first night. As Darcy got more involved with the
club, he found himself losing money at poker. Meanwhile, Sindi was also
worried that she was losing Toadie and demanded information from Darcy on
Toadie's likes and dislikes. Darcy's taste for poker also began to get the
better of him - having arranged a game at his home, he was shocked when the
evening left him owing $10,000 to James Atkinson. The next day, Darcy
admitted the truth to Dee and wondered how he was going to raise that sort
After attempting to kiss Dee, telling her he wanted them to give their
relationship another go, she fled to Tasmania, to try and think things over.
Another card game left Darcy $60,000 in debt and, unsure of what to do, he
decided to follow Dee, hoping that James would be unable to find him there.
Dee was shocked when Darcy turned up, but soon felt sorry for him and agreed
to him staying for a while. Upon their return to Erinsborough, Darcy was
desperate to raise the money he needed, and so he stole $2000 takings from
the pub when Lou's back was turned. However, it still wasn't enough.
When Darcy learnt that his aunt and uncle had inherited some
extremely valuable jewellery from an elderly aunt, he realised
it could be the answer to all his problems. Staging the incident
to look like a break-in, Darcy found the jewels hidden in
the fridge and made his getaway. Unfortunately, he hadn't
bet on Lyn Scully coming to investigate
the sound of breaking glass, and he knocked her down the back
steps as he escaped. In a surprising twist, Darcy then signed
on for his shift at the hospital and found himself treating
the pregnant lady. Luckily, she couldn't remember the person
who had injured her, and Darcy managed to pay off his debts.
The police quickly found another suspect in Harold's ladyfriend,
Amidst all this, Dee told Darcy that she would like to give their
relationship another try and they arranged to have dinner together. Little
did Darcy realise that Susan's wedding ring, something he'd grabbed during
the robbery and hid in a plant pot, had been moved and Dee had found it.
Lyn's memory also suddenly came flooding back when she bumped into Darcy one
day, but Susan found it difficult to believe that her nephew would ever do
such a thing. However, Dee's discovery of the ring had sealed Darcy's fate
as she contacted the police and he was taken away, and later imprisoned for
the crime. His parting shot was to tell Dee and Toadie that he'd
orchestrated their entire break-up, but they got their own back by reuniting
and getting engaged the next day.
Darcy was later given a reasonably light sentence of 18 months in prison, after Susan found it difficult to produce a scathing character reference for her nephew. After serving a year in prison, Darcy was surprised to be joined by one of his old neighbours, Lou Carpenter. Darcy’s time behind bars had made him even more cunning, but it had also helped him to realise how much he’d hurt his loved ones. When a chance for day release came up, Darcy knew that he needed a sponsor who was not only an upstanding member of the community, but also a victim of his crimes. Lou managed to convince Susan to visit Darcy, but when she realised why he’d asked to see her, she remained unconvinced. A desperate Darcy asked Lou to be his sponsor, but Lou’s time in prison went against him. At the last minute, Susan arrived to help her nephew.
Darcy began work as an orderly at Erinsborough Hospital. He had recently learnt of Karl and Susan’s separation, and so he quickly became suspicious of Karl’s new girlfriend, Izzy Hoyland. When Darcy saw Izzy at the hospital, he approached her and commented on how similar they were, leaving Izzy shaken. When he later saw Izzy leaving an appointment in the maternity ward, he managed to get into the office and sneak a look at her records. When he spotted that the father of her unborn baby was ‘unknown’, he grabbed his chance. He contacted Izzy and told her that he knew the truth. They then met up in a stairwell at the hospital, where he told her that this was his opportunity to make up for what he’d done to the Kennedys, and he wasn’t about to let it go. Izzy pleaded with him, even offering him money to keep his mouth shut, but he refused to listen, and warned her to leave town. As fate would have it, he slipped as he was going down the stairs, banging his head on the way down. Izzy had been on the way to get some jewellery cleaned, so she planted this in his pocket, before doing a runner. She then made her and Karl’s flat look like it had been burgled. Darcy was found by an old lady, Rose Belker, who alerted the police. Susan was especially devastated, as Darcy took Izzy’s secret with him into a coma, leaving everyone believing that he had returned to his old ways. After a few days at Erinsborough Hospital, he was transferred to a hospital closer to his mother, with little hope of him recovering.
Having been transferred back to Erinsborough Hospital, and comatose for almost a year, Darcy shocked everyone, not least Izzy, when he suddenly awoke. At first, he claimed not to have any memory of what had put him in hospital, and he passed a police polygraph test to back this up. Izzy was thrilled with this news, believing that she was finally in the clear. Darcy, however, had another trick up his sleeve as he told her that he remembered her secret and her pushing him down the stairs, and he demanded $70,000 for his silence. Izzy knew that she had no other choice if she wanted to prevent Karl and her family finding out the truth about her baby. But once she’d given Darcy the money he wanted, he continued to demand more - $200 a week, plus some alone time for just the two of them. Although she was willing to pay for Darcy’s silence, Izzy wasn’t about to prostitute herself and she considered hiring a hitman to get rid of her blackmailer once and for all.
When that plan failed, Izzy began to panic, particularly as she was called as a witness at Darcy’s trial. He made it clear that she was going to be the key to him going free and that, if he went back to jail, he’d be forced to reveal the truth. Darcy found a lawyer in the form of old enemy Toadie, whose motives were to further his own legal career. On the morning of the trial, Darcy woke up on a ward next to Paul Robinson, another local villain and close confidante of Izzy’s, who’d been hospitalised after double-crossing some local heavies. Paul congratulated Darcy on getting one over on Izzy, but also warned him about her plan with the hitman, making it clear that Izzy was prepared to stoop to any level. In court, Izzy said that she felt that Darcy had served his time and should not be punished further for robbing her flat, leading to him receiving a 12-month good behaviour bond from the judge.
Darcy then announced to Izzy that he would be leaving town the next day and considered that any debt she owed him was wiped clean. But Darcy had one more shock in store as he left town. Since he awoke from his coma, Darcy’s one goal had been to see Karl and Susan back together and so, as he said goodbye to Susan one last time, he also left her a letter. The letter explained all about Izzy’s lies concerning her baby. As Susan read the letter in shock, Darcy bumped into Karl as he went to board his bus. He warned Karl that there was still a negative influence in his life and one day soon, he would be relying on Susan, before boarding a bus and leaving Erinsborough once more.
• Credited as Foster Rafferty in his first appearances, the actor then became Mark Rafferty, before finally settling on Mark Raffety for the majority of his run
• During Mark's 2004 run on the show, after the character fell into a coma, he still featured for a couple of weeks, as Izzy began having nightmares about him
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