River’s Return?

Alex Kingston as River SongIts not often that a time travellers future has been so entwined with the filming schedule of Upstairs, Downstairs but – if comments made by Alex Kingston on The Graham Norton Show – are to be believed – then River Song could be making a return to Doctor Who.

The Radio Times reports that in an interview which airs this Friday at 10:35 pm on BBC 1 Alex revealed that thanks to the scheduling Gods, her role in the second series of the BBC remake of Upstairs, Downstairs (it was a lot like You Rang M’Lord? but with a serious face, no Su Pollard and no crooning Bob Monkhouse title sequence) wouldn’t clash with a possible return to the show:

“You may see her again. Who knows? Lets just say, Upstairs, Downstairs and Doctor Who don’t film at the same time.”

Alex also confessed that she’d known for a very long time that (spoiler alert!) River was Amy’s daughter – a fact she hid from her co-stars:

“I knew…for the whole of the last series. [The other actors] didn’t know and were constantly trying to get it out of me. They discovered it in that episode [A Good Man Goes to War] when they read the script.”

So all that remains to be speculated over is: with Mom and Dad out of the picture  isn’t it time River cut loose and joined the TARDIS party?


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.

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