Recently, Alex Kingston expressed hope that Doctor Who was not yet done with her character, despite her technically being dead, and the 11th Doctor having finally been able to say good-bye. (After all, Osgood is dead, and she’s busy filming this season.)
Now Moffat is admitting that perhaps he was a little too hasty in closing the book on the character when the 11th Doctor and the ponds took their leave of the series.
“It’s certainly not ruled out,” said the showrunner. “I have a sort of worry about keeping anybody around in the Doctor’s life for too long. Because he’s the man who leaves.”
Besides, it turns out Russell Davis is a huge fan of River Song, and really wants to see her and Capaldi on-screen together.
I doubt she actually knows if she’s coming back, but the fact of the matter is, all Alex Kingston has to do when asked about River Song is say “Spoilers!” with a wicked smile.
Despite River dying, being downloaded to a library, and then following around the Doctor like a ghost until he could let go, Alex Kingston believes there’s still time and space for her character to return. Doctor Who TV reports when asked at MegaCon about a return she…well, you know, the smile, the “Spoilers.” And then…
The sonic screwdriver that I had in Silence in the Library, which had been given to me by the Doctor, is not the sonic screwdriver that has been seen … yet.”
A Moffat-y loose end? Or a reason to bring River back? Kingston does point out “I haven’t been told I’m done [on the show].”
In Part 4 of our five-part Guide to Doctor Who we enter the modern Whoniverse, which rebooted 15 years after the original cancellation. So far we’ve had three men in the role, taking us from the Ninth Doctor to the Eleventh Doctor, with Number Twelve waiting in the wings. Plus, the recent 50th Anniversary special added an extra Doctor to the mix and screwed up the numbering. More on that below.
Now, the easiest thing for fans coming to the series for the first time is to just watch episodes from the Eleventh Doctor onward. Or, if you’re a completionist, but not that much of a completionist, you can start at the beginning of the reboot with Nine. But which episodes are the ones to watch? Which episodes should you skip? Here’s the list.Continue reading Guide to Doctor Who “Part 4: Eccleston, Tennant and Smith”→
Funny, it’s almost like I remember John Barrowman being in a Doctor Who spin off not that long ago. Wasn’t he in one? And wasn’t it a bit like watching an episode of Doctor Who were you kept waiting for the Doctor to show up, but he never did? (Though Martha did show up once, and that was awesome. Too bad she didn’t stay.)
Ah, but now Barrowman has a new idea for a spin off, and it includes River Song. That I wouldn’t object to. Considering how thoroughly her original character concept was ruined by Steve Moffat by tying her into companions and some timey wimey stuff, not to mention completely throwing the “she’s going backwards from him” out the window, I think a spin off where Alex Kingston reminds us why we all thought this was the best character ever in Doctor Who when she first stepped on the screen.