Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat has hinted that fans might not have seen the last of River Song in the show.
Played by Alex Kingston, the character made her (non-chronological) debut in ‘Silence in the Library’ in 2008.
River Song was last seen in 2015’s Christmas special, ‘The Husbands of River Song’, which appeared to be the final time the Doctor would meet her.
Responding to a fan who asked “Do you feel that River Song’s story is done?” in Issue 509 of DWM (out now), Moffat said: “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.”
He added: “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.”
However, Moffat did speculate that new showrunner Chris Chibnall, who takes over from 2018’s season, could still decide to bring her back at some point: “As to Chris – well, entirely up to him. Doctor Who is his from 2018 onwards, and I wouldn’t dream of getting in the way. If Mrs Who makes another appearence, I’ll find out the same way you will – from behind the sofa.”
12 new Doctor Who episodes have been filming in Cardiff since June 2016, with Pearl Mackie and Matt Lucas joining Peter Capaldi as the Doctor’s latest companions, Bill Potts and Nardole.
Doctor Who returns on Saturday 15 April on BBC One.
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