Will River Song return to Doctor Who?

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Feb 9, 2017

Even though the 2015 Christmas special "The Husbands of River Song" felt like a final and proper goodbye for one of my favorite Who characters, the fact that Doctor Who is a time-travel series probably means we haven't seen the last of River Song.

And that's something current Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat agrees with.

In the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine (#509), Moffat was asked by a fan if he felt that River Song’s (Alex Kingston) story was done. He indicated that he himself was done with the character ... but that Doctor Who may not be done with her.

"Well, yes, that does seem like the end to me. Except, of course, it isn't, and can't be. There's always the chance that River will show up again, at some other point in her timeline, with a stolen camel, seven more husbands, and a nuclear submarine. Big Finish isn't done with her, I believe, and any reason to get Alex Kingston back in action is a good one. But for me, I think, I'm done. Back when I thought I might be leaving at the end of 2015, I specifically planned the Darillium scene as my goodbye – bringing everything full circle, to the moment (in "Forest of the Dead") just before I took over."

There you have it. As I said, even if Steven Moffat himself is done with River Song (remember: Steven Moffat lies) there's still the possibility that Chris Chibnall (who will take over as showrunner in Season 11) may find that there are many more stories to tell about the Doctor’s wife. I’m sure the idea of seeing her interact with a new, new Doctor (12th Doctor Peter Capaldi is leaving at the end of Season 10) in the hands of a new showrunner would be too good to pass up. Till then, we do have the Big Finish stories to tide us over.

What do you guys think? Do you want to see more of River Song on Doctor Who?

(via Doctor Who)