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Alex Kingston Returning to ‘Doctor Who’ as River Song

Time travel is a hell of a thing.

Alex Kingston will return to Doctor Who in the popular (and simultaneously divisive) role of River Song. She will appear in the annual Christmas special, marking her first appearance in the tenure of Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor. This will also be the third Doctor with whom she’s shared screen time, which is only fitting, considering she’s still technically The Doctor’s wife. Sure, it was Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor that she married, but we’re not really sure that regenerations discharge a Time Lord from the whole “Til death do us part” vow.

“It’s Christmas Day in the future and the TARDIS is parked on a snowy village street, covered in icicles, awaiting its next adventure,” reads the BBC press release. “Time traveler River Song meets her husband’s new incarnation, in the form of Peter Capaldi, for the first time this Christmas.”

Alex Kingston Returning to 'Doctor Who' as River Song

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“To be honest, I did not know whether River would ever return to the show,” said Kingston in a statement. “But here she is, back with the Doctor for the Christmas special. [Showrunner and executive producer] 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!”

But how is she back this time? Steven Moffat explains. Well, sort of…

“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 …”

Sounds like it’s going to be epic. Granted, we still have another three months until Christmas, but less than three weeks for the return of Doctor Who, which premieres September 19. So we won’t have to wait long for our Season 9 fix! Bring on the TARDIS.

For more on Doctor Who Season 9, check out the trailer for the new season with Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams!

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