Doctor Who: Alex Kingston to Return as River Song for Christmas Episode!

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Covered in icicles, the TARDIS sits on a snowy village street on a Christmas Day of the future, awaiting its next adventure.

That will be the status of things somewhere in the story leading to River Song meeting her husband, The Doctor, in his latest incarnation as Peter Capaldi as Alex Kingston reprises her role on Doctor Who Season 9.

River Song

Stephen Moffat has written the episode, filled with humor and guest castings, surprising even Kingston, who wasn't sure she would ever make another appearance on the show.

In a statement she said he was in top form, even glittering, "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!"

As for how the meeting between husband and wife will take place? Moffat left that rather ambiguous, and that's really how we like it. 

"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." 

If you're wondering what all the fuss is about, you can watch Doctor Who online for some earlier River Song appearances.

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Time. Time doesn’t pass. Time is an illusion. And Life is the magician. Because Life only lets you see one day at a time. You remember being alive yesterday, you hope you’re going to be alive tomorrow, so it feels like you are traveling one to the other, but nobody’s moving anywhere! Movies don’t really move. They’re just pictures, just lots and lots of pictures, all of them still. None of them moving, just frozen moments!

The Doctor

Only in darkness are we revealed. [...] Goodness is not goodness that seeks advantage. Good is good in the final hour, in the deepest pit, without hope, without witness, without reward. Virtue is only virtue in extremis. This is what *he* believes, and this is the reason above all I love him, my husband. My madman in a box. My Doctor.

Nardole [quoting River Song]