Time traveller River Song (Alex Kingston) meets her husband’s new incarnation, in the form of Peter Capaldi, for the first time this Christmas in the Doctor Who Christmas Special 2015!

Actress Alex Kingston has returned to the Cardiff Doctor Who studios to reclaim her role as Professor River Song for what is always highly anticipated (and sometimes headed!) Doctor Who Christmas special which is part of UK’s BBC One’s essential seasonal viewing.

We are told in the press release that it’s Christmas Day in the future and the TARDIS is parked on a snowy village street, covered in icicles, awaiting its next adventure.

Filming the 11th Doctor Who Christmas special starts this week. As is usual for the Christmas specials it is written by Showrunner, Steven Moffat. Director Douglas Mackinnon, who has worked on many previous Doctor Who episodes but not this season until now, comes fresh from completing the back in time Sherlock Special for this Christmas. Steven Moffat is of course in charge of that show also.

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River Song made her first Doctor Who appearance in 2008 in Steven’s two parter ‘Silence in the Library’ and ‘Forest of the Dead’ with David Tennant’s Doctor and has appeared in 14 episodes to date.

  • 2008 Doctor Who (2000s) Series 4 with David Tennant’s Doctor: Silence in the Library + Forest of the Dead
  • 2010 Doctor Who (2000s) Series 6 with Matt Smith’s Doctor: The Time of Angels + Flesh and Stone + The Pandorica Opens + The Big Bang
  • 2011/12 Doctor Who (2000s) Series 7 with Matt Smith’s Doctor: The Impossible Astronaut + Day of the Moon + A Good Man Goes to War + Let’s Kill Hitler + Closing Time + The Wedding of River Song
  • 2013 Doctor Who (2000s) Series 8 with Matt Smith’s Doctor: The Angels Take Manhattan + The Name of the Doctor
Doctor Who, Season 9 Christmas Special 2015 - Alex Kingston
Doctor Who Christmas Special 2015 – River Song (Alex Kingston) ©2015 BBC Worldwide

Alex Kingston said of 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.”

She also gave she thoughts of the new story, “Steven Moffat is on glittering form, giving us an episode filled with humor and surprise guest castings.”

And how she met Peter Capaldi, “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!”

Show runner Steven Moffat also commented, “Another Christmas, another special for Doctor Who – and what could be more special than the return of Alex Kingston as Professor River Song?”

Steven added, “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…”

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