Alex Kingston to reprise River Song for Doctor Who Christmas Special
“Doctor Who” favorite Alex Kingston will be returning to the sci-fi series to reprise her role as Professor River Song for the upcoming Christmas Special. River has become a staple in the series, the character first appeared on “Doctor Who” in the episode ‘Silence in the Library’ back in 2008. Since then Kingston has appeared in 15 episodes of “Doctor Who” and is one of the show’s most wonderfully mysterious characters.
Fans have grown to love the “Doctor Who” X-MAS specials as well, making the special-events one of the most-watched/streamed episodes outside of the season premieres/finales.
As for the upcoming special the BBC teases fans in a post stating, “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.”
This will mark the eleventh Doctor Who Christmas special according to the BBC, production for the event began earlier this week. The episode was written by Lead Writer and Executive Producer, Steven Moffat and produced by Nikki Wilson. The special was directed by Douglas Mackinnon (Doctor Who, Sherlock).
Alex Kingston talked about coming back to the show saying, “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…”
“Doctor” who returns to the television on Saturday, September 19, 2015. The new season will offer 12 new episodes with a Christmas special airing on Friday December 25, 2015.