Doctor Who Xmas 2015

Did Christmas just come early?

Alex Kingston is set to reprise her role as Professor River Song in the long-running sci-fi drama’s annual holiday special, the BBC announced Wednesday.

“It’s Christmas Day in the future and the TARDIS is parked on a snowy village street, covered in icicles, awaiting its next adventure,” the network says in a release. “Time traveler River Song meets her husband’s new incarnation, in the form of Peter Capaldi, for the first time this Christmas.”

Kingston made her debut as River Song opposite David Tennant in 2008’s Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead. She went on to play a prominent — if often enigmatic — role in the timeline of Matt Smith’s Doctor. This marks Kingston’s 16th (credited) appearance as the time-travelling archaeologist, and Capaldi the third incarnation of the character she’s played against onscreen.

Production on the special begins this week, with showrunner Steven Moffat penning the script.

“To be honest, I did not know whether River would ever return to the show, but here she is, back with the Doctor for the Christmas special,” Kingston said in a statement. “Steven Moffat is on glittering form, giving us an episode filled with humor and surprise guest castings. I met Peter for the first time at Monday’s read-through, we had a laugh, and I am now excited and ready to start filming with him and the Doctor Who team. Christmas in September?, why not!”

Moffat added, “Another Christmas, another special for Doctor Who — and what could be more special than the return of Alex Kingston as Professor River Song? The last time the Doctor saw her she was a ghost. The first time he met her, she died. So how can he be seeing her again? As ever, with the most complicated relationship in the universe, it’s a matter of time …”

Doctor Who will return to our screens for its ninth post-reboot series on September 19, with guest stars including Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams, Paul Kaye, Jemma Redgrave and Rebecca Front. The Christmas Special will then follow on December 25.

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