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9/02/2015 11:10:00 am - Reported by Harry Ward

The BBC have announced this morning that Alex Kingston is returning to play River Song this Christmas. The 11th Christmas special, which has started filming this week, is written by Steven Moffat, directed by Douglas Mackinnon and produced by Nikki Wilson.

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

Alex Kingston as River Song in the 2015 Christmas Special (Credit: BBC / Jon Hall)

River Song made her first Doctor Who appearance in 2008 in Silence in the Library / Forest of the Dead and has appeared in 15 episodes to date. She last appeared in The Name of the Doctor in 2013. Earlier this year it was announced the character would be joining Big Finish for an adventure called The Diary of River Song, which is to be released in January 2016.

Alex Kingston comments on her reappearance:
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. 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 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...