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River Song to Return in 2015 Christmas Special

Alex Kingston returns to Cardiff to reclaim her role as Professor River Song for the highly anticipated 2015 Doctor Who Christmas special, part of BBC One’s essential seasonal viewing.

It’s Christmas Day in the future and the TARDIS is parked on a snowy village street, covered in icicles, awaiting its next adventure. Time traveller River Song meets her husband’s new incarnation, in the form of Peter Capaldi, for the first time this Christmas.

Day one of filming the 10th Doctor Who Christmas special starts this week and is written by Lead Writer and Executive Producer, Steven Moffat, executive produced by Brian Minchin, produced by Nikki Wilson and directed by Douglas Mackinnon (Doctor Who, Sherlock).

River Song made her first Doctor Who appearance in 2008 in ‘Silence in the Library’ and ‘Forest of the Dead’ and has appeared in 15 episodes to date.

Award-winning Alex Kingston comments on 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. Steven Moffat is on glittering form, giving us an episode filled with humor 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!”

Steven Moffat, Lead Writer and Executive Producer adds: “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…”

The witty line-up of guest cast joining Alex for a magical adventure on the TARDIS will be announced over the coming months.



  • The paternoster gang

    September 2nd, 2015 - 4:08pm

    When I saw this I was very suprised as I never thought she was coming back, but I am very pleased she is.

  • TheDaleksDeath

    September 2nd, 2015 - 4:06pm

    River Song returning..? *shudders* Please kill

  • Nobody in particular

    September 2nd, 2015 - 3:54pm

    This makes me happy, but I really hope that she gets the spotlight and is the main companion for the episode, without Clara being present. This would give Twelve the chance to learn to trust people other than Clara again and River the chance to re-establish her relationship with him, whatever that might be now

  • Miffo

    September 2nd, 2015 - 3:39pm

    I wonder if at the end of this episode the Doctor will give River his new sonic screwdriver and then she can go to the library where she meets the 10th Doctor =)

  • the astronaut of death

    September 2nd, 2015 - 3:19pm

    I agree with you

    But another side of me wants me to see her to meet the 12th Doctor .


    September 2nd, 2015 - 3:12pm

    Oh for the love of Rassilon NO !!. Doctor Who was getting nice a quite without her around getting on my nerves with her “spoilers” and her “hello sweetie”.

    No offense to Alex Kingston, but her character was a pain in my backside ever time she appeared.

  • the astronaut of death

    September 2nd, 2015 - 3:09pm

    No mention of Jenna Coleman…. Perhaps she’s leaving in the series 9 finale : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : )

  • 12th Doctor Fan

    September 2nd, 2015 - 2:26pm

    I can’t stand river, if she ruins this I won’t be buying I ditched series six once was enough, I only hope 12 tells her shut it, every time she says hello sweetie or spoilers.

  • Exterminator

    September 2nd, 2015 - 2:24pm

    ‘And besides, didn’t you used to be a man?’ Lol

    I can’t wait. 🙂

  • Exterminator

    September 2nd, 2015 - 2:21pm

    I can see it now, Missy saying ‘he’s my boyfriend!’ River replies ‘he’s MY husband!’

    Missy ‘I’m a time lady!’ River ‘I was conceived in the Tardis! I win!’ Lol

  • Exterminator

    September 2nd, 2015 - 2:18pm

    There’s so much potential with the River character and Capaldi not to mention the first meeting between River and Missy. That I definitely want to see. 🙂

  • Anonymous

    September 2nd, 2015 - 1:54pm

    Sorry that was meant to be addressed to Dalek Supreme and the hater squad 🙂

  • Anonymous

    September 2nd, 2015 - 1:53pm

    You are a part of a vocal minority 😉

  • Dalek the Supreme

    September 2nd, 2015 - 1:46pm

    Part of me is hugely disappointed. While (for the most part) I like River Song as a character, I feel she had a good enough exit in The Name of the Doctor. On the other hand, another part of me may be amused by her reaction to the Twelfth Doctor.

  • Zygon63

    September 2nd, 2015 - 1:35pm

    OK, there are four in the world that don’t like her then… Everyone else does! (including me)

  • sheepinafez

    September 2nd, 2015 - 1:23pm


  • Paulus The Little Wood Gnome

    September 2nd, 2015 - 1:16pm

    In that case my friend it is time to move on.

  • Anonymous

    September 2nd, 2015 - 12:45pm

    You are not alone!!!

  • the astronaut of death

    September 2nd, 2015 - 12:30pm

    OK I’m both disappointed and happy happy.

    I’m disappointed because River song had such a good exit in Name of the doctor and that would have been excellent for a final apperence.

    But I’m also happy to river song is going to meet the 12th Doctor I can’t wait to see how that all lays out .

  • The Moffat Paradox

    September 2nd, 2015 - 12:23pm

    You are not alone!

  • Jamie

    September 2nd, 2015 - 11:51am


  • IntoDarkness

    September 2nd, 2015 - 11:49am

    You are not alone (not a reference to the face of boe)

  • Anonymous

    September 2nd, 2015 - 11:27am


  • Yusuf

    September 2nd, 2015 - 11:22am

    No. Please dear sweet lord, anyone but her.

  • Doctor Stu

    September 2nd, 2015 - 11:21am

    I love River because to me she’s the last little link Left to David Tennants era.

  • Dalek Supreme

    September 2nd, 2015 - 11:05am

    Am I the only one who doesn’t like River Song?

  • Zygon63

    September 2nd, 2015 - 10:11am

    Brilliant! This is the best new series Doctor Who news this year!

    River is such a brilliant character, it’ll be great to see her with Capaldi’s Doctor – they’ll work really well together. She will soon have appeared alongside four Doctors!

  • Anonymous

    September 2nd, 2015 - 10:03am

    Wonderful! River gets a hard time from all the haters but she is such an interesting character and I actually love the headaches I get trying to work out her timeline. SM is the only person with the imagination and guts to write in such a complicated character/plot line.

    Just a thought….this is the 10th year since the show’s relaunch….the BBC are now working closer with Big Finish, allowing them to use post 2005 characters…River is going to be in an 8th Doctor Audia drama next year….I wonder if the Xmas special is a multi doctor story with 8 and 12…and River which then leads onto the Audio Drama.

  • Still Not Ginger

    September 2nd, 2015 - 10:01am


  • CJ

    September 2nd, 2015 - 9:37am

    What!? WHAT!?

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