River Song Will Meet the Twelfth Doctor in the Next Doctor Who Christmas Special

Wednesday, 02 September 2015 - 9:47AM
Doctor Who
Wednesday, 02 September 2015 - 9:47AM
River Song Will Meet the Twelfth Doctor in the Next Doctor Who Christmas Special
Whovians can now die happy, as Alex Kingston will reprise her role as fan favorite River Song in this year's Doctor Who Christmas special. The character has appeared in 15 episodes since 2008, and fans have been clamoring for her to return, but it was unknown whether she would ever make another appearance, even to Kingston herself.

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"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," said Kingston. "Steven Moffat is on glittering form, giving us an episode filled with humor 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!"
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River Song was a companion and love interest for Matt Smith's Eleventh Doctor. She was widely praised as an example of a strong female character on a science fiction show, and was often characterized as the Doctor's "soulmate." But the Christmas special will mark the first time she's encountered the newest regeneration of the Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi, so their dynamic will undoubtedly be very different.

The daughter of two companions, River was born with time travelling abilities as a result of being conceived on the TARDIS, and so her meetings with the Doctor are out of synchronization. The first time he met her, for example, it was his first meeting and her last, creating a Benjamin Button type of relationship.

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"Another Christmas, another special for Doctor Who - and what could be more special than the return of Alex Kingston as Professor River Song," said showrunner Steven Moffat. "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 …"
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Doctor Who will return for its ninth series on September 19, while the Christmas special will, of course, air on December 25.

Via Variety.
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