Our favourite Eleventh Doctor actor Matt Smith appeared on BBC Radio 1 recently – and revealed that the River Song storyline will not disappoint Doctor Who fans. There’s nothing much spoilery here – but if you’re sensitive to these matters, hit your “back button”!
Smith enthused about Steven Moffat’s creation, who first appeared in 2008’s Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead opposite Tenth Doctor David Tennant. Played by Alex Kingston, River Song has since returned in The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone as well as The Pandorica Opens and The Big Bang – and all we really know about her is that she likes archeology and has a criminal record… oh and we know how she dies (we think).
“What’s amazing about Steven is, he’s been plotting this since very first episode. It’s all connected. He’s had this sort of three-year plan and it’s all unfolding.”
River is set to return in the opening two-part story of Series 6, in which she will aid the Doctor in his battle against the mysterious Silence (“Silents”…?). We’ve been waiting for an answer to the meme “silence will fall” since The Eleventh Hour - and this year we’re going to find out what it’s all about…
“I think The Silence is going to be the scariest Who monster in a long time, definitely since the Angels,” he suggested. “Steven’s written a killer monster there.”
Meanwhile Matt is also thrilled with the mid-season cliffhanger that will spoil fans by ending the show 6 weeks early before bringing it back in the Autumn.
“I think the Doctor and Amy are really faced with some quite cataclysmic choices… Particularly at the end of episode seven.”
There is still some way to go before then, however – Doctor Who will probably return roughly around Easter. Or thereabouts.