Its been a couple of days now since the news of River Song’s return to (television) Doctor Who hit. Following hot on the heels of the recent Big Finish announcement, its safe to say its a good time for fans of the character. The announcement of her return taking at least this fan by surprise, given that same Big Finish announcement.
We’ll have to wait to Christmas to find out what her return will entail. Will her appearance in Name of the Doctor be explained? Fortunately, there’s something decent starting on BBC1 shortly that’ll help kill the time. 😉
Click after the break for the full press release.
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.
Day one of filming the eleventh Doctor Who Christmas special starts this week and is written by Lead Writer and Executive Producer, Steven Moffat, Executive Produced by Brian Minchin, produced by Nikki Wilson and directed by Douglas Mackinnon (Doctor Who, Sherlock).
River Song made her first Doctor Who appearance in 2008 in ‘Silence in the Library’ and ‘Forest of the Dead’ and has appeared in 15 episodes to date.
Award winning Alex Kingston comments on her reappearance:
“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!”
Steven Moffat, Lead Writer and Executive Producer adds:
“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 …”
The witty line-up of guest cast joining Alex for a magical adventure on the TARDIS will be announced over the coming months.
The BBC Cymru Wales produced drama will return to BBC One on Saturday 19 September with a 12 episode series, followed by the Christmas special on Friday 25 December.