“Hello Sweetie … ” may be shrouded in mystery for now, but in Season 6, “Doctor Who” will offer some answers regarding the enigmatic River Song.
The character, played by Alex Kingston, was originally introduced in Season 4, when David Tennant was at the controls of the Tardis, with hints, nudges and winks leading the audience to believe that she would one day become The Doctor’s wife. She knew who The Doctor is and, more importantly, who he will one day become.
That teasing has continued in Season 5 with Matt Smith but showrunner Steve Moffat (who also introduced the character in Season 4) has revealed that answers will be given when the series returns for its sixth season.
“You will find out who she is and whats going on and how it all makes sense,” he said. “And that will explain a number of things. Im writing the episode right now where The Doctor finds out who she is. Were not just going to endlessly tease.”
So far, we know the character has been convicted of murder, broken out of prison and she certainly knows how to crash a party. That can only mean The Doctor has a thing for bad girls … something re-affirmed by his adventures with Amy Pond (Karen Gillan).
“I just thought it would be, you know, Bad Girl in the Tardis,” Moffat said. “Theyve always been so well behaved, those girls! I just thought, I havent met any girls like that. Most of the girls I know would just jump The Doctor as soon as they look at him. I said, ‘Its time we have one of those.'”
And, just like Russell T. Davies’ era, you can’t have a companion without her, well … companions. But with a larger supporting cast there is always the chance that tragedy will strike and one of those recurring characters will not be returning. Will that happen in “Doctor Who?” Not for the immediate future.
“In the old series, they did off a couple of them,” he said. “Im not saying well never do it, but its not that kind of a show. Its not gritty. Its kind of a lovely, life-affirming, optimistic show without a cynical bone in its body. Its almost odd when you see it in competition with things like ‘Battlestar Galactica,’ and you think, ‘Well thats not us at all.’ Were the story of a wonderful man from space who can travel in a telephone box! But Im not guaranteeing I wont kill someone in the future.”
“Doctor Who” returns this Christmas with its special involving Harry Potter’s Michael Gambon.