It’s something all fans of Doctor Who have long expected to happen, and now it’s finally being confirmed. River Song, played by the excellent Alex Kingston, is to make another return appearance on the popular series this year. This time on the eleventh Christmas Special since the show’s return to television.
The BBC press release has this to say:
It’s Christmas Day in the future and the TARDIS is parked on a snowy village street, covered in icicles, awaiting its next adventure. Time traveller River Song meets her husband’s new incarnation, in the form of Peter Capaldi, for the first time this Christmas.
The special episode, written by Steven Moffat, begins day one of filming this week, and is being Exucutively Produced by Brian Minchin, produced by Nikki Wilson, and directed by Douglas Mackinnon. Moffat elaborates:
“Another Christmas, another special for Doctor Who – and what could be more special than the return of Alex Kingston as Professor River Song. The last time the Doctor saw her she was a ghost. The first time he met her, she died. So how can he be seeing her again? As ever, with the most complicated relationship in the universe, it’s a matter of time …”
Alex Kingston also chimes in:
“To be honest, I did not know whether River would ever return to the show, but here she is, back with the Doctor for the Christmas special. Steven Moffat is on glittering form, giving us an episode filled with humour and surprise guest castings. I met Peter for the first time at Monday’s read through, we had a laugh, and I am now excited and ready to start filming with him and the Doctor Who team. Christmas in September?, why not!”
So, this is interesting news. Not sure I’m quite ready for another River adventure, but we’ll see! I do think she’ll have excellent chemistry with Capaldi however. That I am interested in seeing.