Could River Song Meet The Thirteenth Doctor?

We’ve already heard her tongue-in-cheek response to the arrival of the Thirteenth Doctor, but now, River Song herself Alex Kingston has told fans that she wants to plant one on Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor.

Previously at the Raleigh supercon in America, Kingston made kissy noises and joked with fans that she was a ‘cradlesnatcher’ – and now she’s taken it a step further and said she wants to unite River with the new incarnation of her spouse for a future episode.

Kingston said of Whittaker’s Doctor at Edmonton Expo in Canada earlier this week (via the Radio Times):

“I think [River would] just take her in her arms and give her a big kiss!

“I think it would be fantastic. It’d be great fun to explore that possibility, particularly now that the Doctor is going to regenerate into a female form.

“If you’re going to do that, why not explore other potentials in terms of his relationships with former, well not former companions because River was never a companion, but people who have been in his life in the past, or her life?

“So yeah, let’s wait and see.”

However, if Chris Chibnall was worried that River’s last appearance in the series (where she spent decades of happiness with Peter Capaldi’s Doctor on the planet of Darillium) had written her out of contention, Kingston had an idea for how they could get past that too.

She said:

“She has a vortex manipulator and while in a sense her timeline has somewhat been bookended, it doesn’t necessarily mean (given the way she time travels) that it would prevent her from being able to travel and meet this incarnation.

“After all, when she lifts up her diary and all the incarnations flutter out, there are one or two spaces. So I think it’d be great if she met with Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor.”

Kingston went on to say that she didn’t think River’s story had ended with The Husbands of River Song in the 2015 Christmas special, so, in her eyes at least, there maybe another story to tell with River and the new Doctor.

Doctor Who returns with Twice Upon a Time on Christmas Day on BBC One 

  • Merganman4

    Doesn’t matter if she has a vortex manipulator of not, there’s zero way she can logically meet the 13th Doctor unless her memory is wiped, it’s some sort of fake out (like a dream), or it takes place after her “death” in Forest of the Dead (which in turn would of course cheapen any of the emotional exits she’d already had and kind of make it more of a gimmick than anything else – the character returning for the sake of the character returning, instead of having a good, solid, story reason for the return). Even if they somehow worked around this, her story is definitely done. There is nowhere else to go with the character. It would literally just be fanservice, and not even all the fans like her character, so it would bother a fair number of fans as well.

    • Jack Ashcraft

      Not even good fanservice. There would be absolutely no point to it other than for Chibnall to stroke his own ego about casting a woman as the Doctor, with all the stupid “hyucks” that would bring.

      • Bob James

        Do you really think Chibnall would “go down on that path”? Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

        • Jack Ashcraft

          I have no doubt he would. (Joke noted, however.)

          In fact, I’ll wager the new season will be littered with obnoxious anti-male and pro-feminist bile. Fortunately, as I refuse to support the parody to come, I won’t have to watch it.

    • Bob James

      I think River’s avenue now is Big Finish. She obviously knocked about and had plenty of adventures on her own, and there are vast possibilities for great stories there, I think. I just wish they would stop including an “obligatory” Doctor appearance in her stories. They made a great team, but River obviously got up to plenty of no good on her own, and she doesn’t need the crutch.

  • The Lazy Womble

    Could she? yes, obviously. Should she? Only for a very good reason.

    • The Lazy Womble

      And maybe not even then.

    • Planet of the Deaf

      Indeed with a show like DW, where anything can happen, the question really is “should” something happen rather than “could”!

  • ThePurpleFrockCoat

    Please. No more. River’s story is done.