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Published on February 12th, 2014 | by Andrew Reynolds

Matt: Get Your Hands Off My River, Capaldi

Evoking Justin Hawkins long forgotten idiom that in affairs of the heart one should: ‘Get your hands offa my woman, muddy funster!’ Matt Smith has gotten all proprietorial over a certain Mrs Kingston.

Speaking at a Q&A panel at last weekend’s New Orleans Comic Con, he warned Moffat not to let River go swanning off with a new man in his fancy Crombie coat:

“Don’t ask. I’m really possessive over Alex [Kingston]. I said this to Steven [Moffat]. I was like, ‘Listen, just don’t! Just not Alex. Anyone else, but don’t give [Capaldi] River.’ But Peter is the Doctor now so hey, what can I do?”

So there she goes with a brand new love affair but Matt can console himself (and possible turn everyone’s faces to the ‘RAGE’ setting) with the idea that whatever part River plays in Twelves life, it’ll all be part of a wider scheme to paint Doctor Who folklore a shade of Moffat.

He adds:

“I think that Steven will be planning things that are going to unfold over years and I think he’ll reinvent the folklore, and it will become Peter’s folklore.


But I am really proud of the fact that Alex was part of number Eleven’s life. My wife!”

So do we want to spare Matt’s heart and see less of River Song with Peter’s Doctor? Do you fear for the canonical changes Moffat will bring? Can you wait any longer to see the Twelfth Doctor in action?


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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.

5 Responses to Matt: Get Your Hands Off My River, Capaldi

  1. avatar Dave Rudin says:

    And didn’t she begin on the show with Number Ten???

  2. avatar TimeChaser says:

    I fear no changes! Seriously, while some people have raged against Moffat for putting his stamp on the whole of Doctor Who from before the beginning to beyond the end, I’ve just been enjoying the ride.

  3. avatar Ciarda says:

    Matt and Alex both have said things at conventions and interviews over the years they’ve worked together- many think these unintentionally revealing words could hint at a private mutual romantic attraction- ala Tom Baker and Lalla Ward… this is another such example.

    • avatar Maria says:

      You’re over thinking it. Matt was joking regarding not wanting 12th with River. He also said he said Alex is like a big sister to him.

  4. avatar Al says:

    When I found out that Orla Brady is only a few years younger than Capaldi I assumed Tasha Lem was being earmarked as River’s replacement.

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