“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…” – Steven Moffat
I cannot stress how happy I am with this news. There is so much constant hate about River/Moffat thrown around the fandom (which is completely unjustified, in my opinion), that I was sure she wouldn’t ever return in fear that the BBC would lose viewers.
But, here it is! The most Christmas wonderful news. She will be returning in the 2015 Christmas Special alongside Peter Capaldi.
She’s been one of the highlights for me, with her story spanning through both David’s 10th Doctor to the near end of Matt’s 11th. She’s the perfect combination of intelligent, feisty and caring that eventually creates a powerful chemistry with the 11th Doctor. If anything, the mystery chemistry between River and the 12th Doctor (Peter Capaldi) is reason enough for even casual watchers sneak a nosey peak. Presumably, this was the clever reasoning behind her comeback on Christmas day, where the show is watched nationwide by many families and hardcore fans alike.
Understandably, the story behind her return must have its reasons as her most recent farewell to the Doctor seemed final, creating a peaceful way for fans to (eventually) get over the loss. I can’t imagine she will be brought back for a flimsy reason though, and there are even rumours she is returning for a full ‘Specials’ season in 2016 before her final final good-bye. Personally, I think that’s a great idea. We’ll get see to a different side to the 12th Doctor, and it pains me to think how River is going to react – the most complicated relationship in the universe, and it breaks my heart every time!
She is a huge part of the Doctor’s history. It seems a bit unfair for fans to state “her arc is over” or “I never liked her” as reason behind why she shouldn’t return. She arguably shaped the Doctor’s personality in many ways, she is portrayed by an absolutely excellent actress and Doctor Who is primarily based on time travel: anything can happen. There is no finite reason she shouldn’t return.
Like many others, I’m over the moon! Roll on, September and roll on, Christmas! It’s another good year for the Whovians.
Are any of my readers fans of Doctor Who? What do you think about River Song’s return?