Alex Kingston didn't expect to return to Doctor Who
Alex Kingston has revealed she didn’t expect to return to Doctor Who following her initial appearance as the mysterious River Song.
The actress first played the archaeologist in the two-part story Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead opposite David Tennant and Catherine Tate in the shows’ fourth season. The character was ‘killed off’ at the end of the episode but throughout the two-part story it was hinted that River and the Doctor were known to each other but in the Time Lord’s future. Kingston reprised her role of River Song for four episodes last year (The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone and The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang) but the actress has revealed she didn’t expect to return at all.
“When I first did Doctor Who with David Tennant, I wasn’t expecting that at all. As far as I was concerned, it was just a two-episode story arc with me being held forever in a computer, or whatever. But Steven always intended that she would come back.” – Alex Kingston talking to Entertainment Weekly
Kingston also discussed her favourite aspect of portraying the time-travelling archaeologist – the fact that River and the Doctor never meet in order.
“The really exciting journey for me, and for Steven, is backtracking. The characters keep missing each other. She’s like The Time Traveller’s Wife. In this particular season, and certainly in the first two episodes, what you see is her knowing that she’s on the brink of the moment where the Doctor doesn’t know any more who she is. And I think that’s just tragic, really.” – Alex Kingston talking to Entertainment Weekly
Alex Kingston has once again returned to Doctor Who for the shows two-part opening story for its sixth season. This time around though headwriter and producer Steven Moffat has promised fans they will get some answers surrounding the identity of River Song.
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