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Alisha Grauso

If there's one thing that sci-fi TV fans know, it's this: Firefly was cancelled too soon.

But if there's another thing that sci-fi TV fans know, it's to never mess with a woman named "River," because she's probably capable of kicking the ass of every single person in the room with one hand tied behind her back.

Doctor Who fans have seen this proven in Alex Kingston's portrayal of time-traveling, persona-shifting, space gun-toting River Song, who was both wife and sidekick to the Doctor's various forms at different points throughout their history. Fans are divided on the convoluted and confusing inversely proportional timelines storyline of River and the Doctor, but no one can deny that as a powerful ally that can hold her sassy own against the near-immortal Time Lord, she reigned supreme.

But good news, everyone! The BBC has announced that Kingston would be reprising her role of River Song in the 2015 Christmas Special. This will be the first time River Song meets the Peter Capaldi's twelfth incarnation of the Doctor, and Kingston is thrilled to be back:

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!

Writer and showrunner Steven Moffat is also pumped about River's return:

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...

Moffat's comment makes it sound like their storyline won't be any less confusing, so to all Whovians, I'd suggest that, much like I've done all along, don't try to figure out Moffat's continuity logic - because there is none. Just enjoy the ride.

Doctor Who series 9 premieres on September 19th. The Doctor Who Christmas Special will air, as it traditionally does, on Christmas Day.


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