Alex Kingston returns to Cardiff to reclaim her role as Professor River Song for the highly anticipated 2015 Doctor Who Christmas special, part of BBC One’s essential seasonal viewing.
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 11th 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 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!”
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.
River will also be returning later for those who are interested in The Diary of River Song and Doom Coalition 2. The latter of the two where she will be running into The Doctor but not the one she was expecting. She will be meeting twice with her sweetie in his Eighth body but how he doesn't remember her, i guess we will find out.
The Diary of River Song will be released in January starring Alex Kingston, Samuel West, Alexander Vlahos, Alexander Siddig and Paul McGann.
An epic four-hour adventure that takes River Song across space and time, seeking out the secret rulers of the universe.
1. The Boundless Sea by Jenny T Colgan
Drawn out of self-imposed academic exile by an archelological dig, River crosses paths with British Consul Bertie Potts - leading to a secret buried in a lost tomb...
2. I Went to a Marvellous Party by Justin Richards
River is invited to the most exclusive gathering; right in the middle of Hyperspace! Hosts Gifford and Isabella hold a connection to the mysterious Rulers of the Universe; but with a murderer on board, is River too late to discover the truth?
3. Signs by James Goss
River is on the trail of mysterious, planet-killing SporeShips. Her only aid is a handsome time-travelling stranger with a connection to her future - her husband, Mr Song.
4. The Rulers of the Universe by Matt Fitton
The Eighth Doctor is drawn into events, as River must contend with a secret society and a face-off with an ancient alien force - with her future husband caught in the middle!
Written By: Jenny T Colgan, Justin Richards, James Goss, Matt Fitton
Directed By: Ken Bentley
Alex Kingston (River Song), Paul McGann (The Doctor), Alexander Vlahos (Bertie Potts), Alexander Siddig (Gifford), Imogen Stubbs (Isabella) and Samuel West (Mr Song)
Followed by Doom Coallation 2 starring Paul McGann, Nicola Walker, Hattie Morhan and Alex Kingston.