Looks like the Doctor will be spending Christmas with family this year as River Song, played by Alex Kingston, has been officially announced as the guest star for the 2015 Christmas special.
Of her return Kingston says:
“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 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!”
And from writer Steven Moffat:
“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…”
Opinions on River’s return are as always pretty split across fandom, but we here at MadMan are 100% excited to see Ms. Kingston and Mr. Capaldi play off each other. It is something we’ve been hoping for since Capaldi became the Doctor and can’t wait to see the sparks fly.
The as yet untitled episode written by Steven Moffat and directed by Douglas Mackinnon begins shooting this week and we can apparently expect more guest announcements soon.