Russell T Davies told Steven Moffat to bring back River Song: ‘Capaldi and Kingston is a sex storm!’

Moffat has “certainly not ruled out” a return for Alex Kingston’s character but says if Davies was to write it, it would probably need to be censored...

Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat has “not ruled out” the possibility of a return for River Song, although he admits he has reservations about any character spending too long with the Time Lord.


“It entirely depends on whether we’ve got a good story,” said Moffat. “It’s certainly not ruled out. I have a sort of worry about keeping anybody around in the Doctor’s life for too long. Because he’s the Man who Leaves. He’s the man who outlives everybody: that’s his story. In the end it’s the boy in his box, and he’s alone.

“In the end if we had a great story, we’d do it.”

One man who seems extremely keen to see Alex Kingston’s sassy Ms Song opposite Peter Capaldi’s irascible Twelfth Doctor is Moffat’s predecessor Russell T Davies, who apparently told him their encounter would be “a sex storm”.

Could he perhaps be the one to script the such a meeting? Only with a lot of editing, jokes Moffat, referring to Davies’s recent, rather risqué, Channel 4 drama Cucumber.

“I mentioned in passing to Russell that we were probably done with River,” Moffat told interviewer Jaci Stephens during a Bafta talk in New York earlier this month. “He said, ‘You can’t be done with River! No, no, no. Capaldi and Kingston, it’s a sex storm!’

“So if you see an episode called Sex Storm by Russell T Davies in his post-Cucumber years… [there will be] lots of editing from me saying ‘We really can’t do that, you’ve forgotten which show this is….’”

River Song died saving the Tenth Doctor in series-four episode Forest of the Dead but reappeared at various points in time in subsequent adventures. She was last seen as a digitally preserved consciousness that apparently bid a final farewell to the Eleventh Doctor in series seven finale The Name of the Doctor.

But as Moffat is fond of reminding us, this is Doctor Who, a show about time travel – anything can happen…


Series nine of Doctor Who is expected on BBC1 this autumn