Alex Kingston Returning to ‘Doctor Who’ as River Song

Doctor Who fan favorite River Song (Alex Kingston) will be returning to the series in the new season.

Professor River Song will appear in the 2015 Doctor Who Christmas special, meeting eets husband’s newest incarnation, in the form of Peter Capaldi, for the first time. The special will premiere on Christmas Day.

River Song made her first Doctor Who appearance in 2008 in “Silence in the Library” and “Forest of the Dead”, instantly becoming a beloved character, and has appeared in 15 episodes since.

Alex Kingston is more than happy to be coming back to the series. “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,” said Kingston in a statement. “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 …”

Doctor Who returns with a two-parter, “The Magician’s Apprentice” and “The Witch’s Familiar”, September 19th, 2015 at 9/8c on BBC America.

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