Steven Moffat: There’s a Chance River Song May Return

Steven Moffat has hinted that there could be one last adventure left for adventurer/archaeologist River Song.

It’s unsurprising given that he’s about to depart the show – which almost certainly means we’ll get a whistle-stop tour of some of his more famous creations – and that he just can’t seem to let her go.

Speaking in the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine, Moffat was once again grilled by fans in the Ask Moffat feature where he was asked “Do you feel that River Song’s story is done?”

And he replied:

“Well, yes, that does seem like the end to me. Except, of course, it isn’t, and can’t be. There’s always the chance that River will show up again, at some other point in her timeline, with a stolen camel, seven more husbands, and a nuclear submarine.

Big Finish isn’t done with her, I believe, and any reason to get Alex Kingston back in action is a good one.

But for me, I think, I’m done. Back when I thought I might be leaving at the end of 2015, I specifically planned the Darillium scene as my goodbye – bringing everything full circle, to the moment (in Forest of the Dead) just before I took over.”

You do wonder, if he did decide to bring her back, what story there is left to tell? Starting with Silence in the Library and ending/beginning with 2015’s The Husbands of River Song, it’s probably best to let Big Finish find more exciting ways to flesh out her character.

Doctor Who Magazine #509 is out today on Feb 9, 2017. 

  • Dr. Moo

    Give it a rest Steven. I loved the character, that’s no secret, but for the love of all that is holy do not bring her back. After The Husbajds of River Song her story is completed and all remaining gaps are filled-in. Let her be.
    Big Finish are working wonders with her (as anyone who’s listened to her meetings with 6, 7 & 8 will testify) so please – drop it.

    • Amy Dinah Lance Pond

      I agree.

    • Ranger

      Couldn’t have put it better. Law of diminishing returns, etc.

      • Dr. Moo

        Yep. Time to come up with some new characters. Let’s hope Moffat can resist the urge for a self-congratulatory ego trip as he bows out unlike a certain other showrunner who I won’t name.

    • bmacdonald

      Exactly this. Alex Kingston is a fantastic actress, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed both Big Finish boxed sets, but the more you use a concept, the more worn it gets. Between her series and Doom Coalition, I’m forced to wonder just how many tricks they’ve got left to ensure the Doctor won’t remember her.

      • Dr. Moo

        I’m holding out for Big Finish to get Matt Smith in so they can reunite her with 11.

        • bmacdonald

          My guess (which is strictly a guess right now) is that Peter Capaldi may turn up in Big Finish before Matt Smith. And frankly, I wouldn’t mind hearing Capaldi and Kingston together. Sure, you’ll have to engage in a bit of timey-wimey to make the continuity work, but do you really think that they spent 24 years straight on Darillium? The Doctor can’t sit still on one planet for more than a couple of days. Or have an adventure on Darillium, or something else. With Big Finish, nothing is ever off the table.

  • Rick714

    If you read the quote carefully, he pretty clearly states that *he thinks he’s done*, as far as her being in the show goes—and he only reminds us that since this is time travel, you never know when she’ll pop up again in another era but he mentions Big finish still has stuff to do with her. So the title of the article is a bit misleading.

    It’s also pretty clear from the ending of both the last two Christmas specials that she’s done and gone. He does love closure but he’s also given it here with her. Now, will she show up as a hallucination ala Amy in Time of the Doctor when he’s regenerating? Maybe but even that quick cameo would be acceptable and right in line with other Doctors when they’re departing.

    • Peter Rabytt

      Exactly what I was thinking, he was only saying its possible at some point, which obviously it is, it’s a show about time travel, and anyway she is likely to do more Big Finish. To me it sounded pretty much like he was saying not on tv before he goes, but who knows in future. How could he say anything else?!

  • krumstets

    Don’t tell me.. Er… River had a secret lovechild who turns out to be Bill the new companion. The End.