Alex Kingston’s River Song to return for ‘Doctor Who’ Christmas special

This will be the first time she has shared screen time with Peter Capaldi's Doctor

River Song, the popular Doctor Who character played by Alex Kingston, is to return for this year’s Christmas Special.

Kingston’s time-travelling Professor has appeared in 15 episodes of the cult BBC One series since 2008, but this will mark the first time she has appeared on screen with the latest incarnation of the Doctor played by Peter Capaldi. The festive special, written by the show’s executive producer Steven Moffat, is set on Christmas Day in the future and will start shooting in Cardiff this week.

“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 her forthcoming appearance. “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!”

Moffat added teasingly: “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…”

Doctor Who will return to BBC One for its ninth post-reboot series on September 19. Guest stars during the 12-episode run will include Maisie Williams, Paul Kaye, Jemma Redgrave and Rebecca Front. The Christmas Special will then follow on December 25.