With more than three months until Christmas, it seems that Doctor Who fans will have something to be eager about before the ninth season has even premiered. It appears that Professor River Song will be returning to the series this Christmas on the Doctor Who Christmas special this Christmas, according to the BBC.
Filming of the special begins this week and this will mark the first time Alex Kingston will act with the new Doctor. She had done two episode with David Tennant and was heavily featured during Matt Smith’s run. Steven Moffat, of course, wrote the episode and it will be directed by Douglas Mackinnon.
“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,” Kingston said of Song’s return. “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!”
“Another Christmas, another special for Doctor Who – and what could be more special than the return of Alex Kingston as Professor River Song?” Moffat said. “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 has carefully crafted out River’s timeline meeting the 10th Doctor on the day of her death but informing him that an “older” version of him had come back in time and given her the modified sonic. Could this be the storyline that was eluded back in season four? Probably as Moffat usually does not like to leave dangling threads. Now we have something else to look forward to.