Could River Song return to Doctor Who opposite the Thirteenth Doctor? Alex Kingston seems to think so, and discussed the possibility with Jodie Whittaker when they met at last year’s San Diego Comic Con!
Alex, who first played River in 2008’s Silence in the Library/ Forest of the Dead said:
“We chatted about me coming back to Doctor Who! I love the character, and I think that, my gosh, there are wonderful potential opportunities down the road. But it’s not my decision. The fact is, because they’re all the same person ultimately, I don’t think she would think of her any differently to any of the others in a way. Because they’re the same spirit inside. It’s just a different, deep love. And you know, technically the Doctor is River’s second wife. Cleopatra being the first.”
This is Doctor Who we’re talking about – everyone and anyone could return. The pertinent question is, should they? Should River’s reign extend beyond Steven Moffat’s tenure as showrunner, or is her story at an end now? Are you content with her Big Finish adventures instead?
River’s tale arguably ended with The Name of the Doctor (2013), in which her projection, sent from the Library, faded from the Eleventh Doctor’s life; she came back for The Husbands of River Song (2015), opposite Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor, as the pair enjoyed their last night on Darillium.
That last encounter seemed to linger with the Doctor throughout much of Series 10, giving added resonance to his last stand against the Cybermen.
So what do you think? Would River be more than welcome? Should she be given a rest? Or should her diary stay closed permanently?