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Published on June 5th, 2011 | by Andrew Reynolds

Kick-Ass Role Model Extraordinaire

She might have let slip a secret this Saturday but there’s one fact that can’t be disputed: River Song kicks ass. In fact she kicks so much ass she’s become a role model for similarly aged women.

Speaking to the Evening Standard Alex Kingston said women have begun approaching her full of praise for her inspiring portrayal of a 40 year-old ass kicking archaeologist.

Though shes also a lover as well. ‘Mrs Robinson’ was also full of praise for gun-totting River’s and her twenty-something co-star Matt Smith’s flirtatious relationship:

“It plays with the notion of an older woman being in love with a younger man, who in his own funny, confused way loves her but doesn’t quite know why, because it’s a love in the future, in a different body.
I’m not sure you’d get that kind of dynamic in America.

“At first I thought, my goodness, children aren’t really going to understand or respond to River Song because of the age difference. But it seems they don’t notice that. It’s the character they are responding to.”

The children aren’t the only ones responding to her character; in fact the whole Doctor Who ensemble has garnered high praise from Kingston herself who says that the show is the closest thing to theatre on TV today.

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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.



One Response to Kick-Ass Role Model Extraordinaire

  1. avatar TimeChaser says:

    I’ve always loved River. She’s sort of the TV series version of Bernice Summerfield, only sober and with the wonderful mixed up timeline.

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