Could River Song Return To Doctor Who? Here's What Alex Kingston Says

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Jodie Whittaker is one season into her tenure on Doctor Who, and it seems many of the cast's alumni want to be a part of her journey. Recently, Alex Kingston indicated she's up to return as River Song, and even shared a rather exciting bit of news regarding that. It turns out Kingston recently met up with Whittaker, and the two discussed the possibility of the Doctor's wife coming back. Kingston said:

Yeah I did meet her. We chatted about me coming back to Doctor Who! I love the character, and I think that, my gosh, there are wonderful potential opportunities down the road. But it’s not my decision.

Alex Kingston's update ends on a bit of a downer compared to the first bit, but fans shouldn't be discouraged by this news. It sounds very positive that she and Jodie Whittaker discussed a return, and like Doctor Who Season 12 or beyond may feature River making an appearance in some way. Obviously some things have changed since River and the Doctor last saw each other; will that affect their love for each other in any way?

Alex Kingston doesn't believe so, and reminded RadioTimes and other Doctor Who fans who may think otherwise of a couple key facts about River Song.

The fact is, because they’re all the same person ultimately, I don’t think she would think of her any differently to any of the others in a way. Because they’re the same spirit inside. It’s just a different, deep love. And you know, technically the Doctor is River’s second wife. Cleopatra being the first.

Bottom line, River Song will likely be about as nonchalant about the Doctor's gender swap as the show at large has been in general. As Alex Kingston pointed out, that's not all that surprising considering their history, and the fact that River has been established as fluid in her sexuality. As a positive, this means Doctor Who could bring back River for the typical guest starring episode, without having to dwell on the gender swap all that much.

As mentioned earlier, Alex Kingston isn't the only former Doctor Who actor interested in getting an episode with Jodie Whittaker's Doctor. Matt Smith has hinted he'd be up to return as his Doctor, and Karen Gillan wouldn't mind seeing her Amy Pond have an adventure. Kingston would seemingly have a better shot at appearing in an episode than those two considering their busy schedules, mostly because she's appeared in far more episodes in recent years than either of them.

Doctor Who is currently in production for Season 12, which isn't due to hit BBC America until 2020. CinemaBlend will keep Whovians updated on its progress in the meantime, as well as up to date on the latest and greatest entertainment news. For a look at what's headed to television in the near future, be sure to visit our midseason premiere guide.

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