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Learn What Alex Kingston
Would Like To See Happen With Her River Song Character!!


Alex Kingston - who plays flirty, coy, sexy, precocious, and frustrating adventurer Melody Pond (aka River Song) on DOCTOR WHO - appeared at the Florida Supercon in Miami over the weekend.  

AICN reader Michael Jackson's Ghost shaped an opportunity to ask Ms. Kingston one question on behalf of Aint It Cool News - the embed below is a video of her interesting response.  

I'd like to offer a huge thanks for MJG's graciousness, time, and efforts!  Here's the brief exchange...






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  • And those of us who are curious enough about this to spend 15 seconds reading, but not curious enough sit through a 2 minute video.

  • July 3, 2012, 7:58 a.m. CST

    "flirty, coy, sexy, precocious, and frustrating"

    by buggerbugger

    I can think of other words. This particular Mary Sue needs to be bumped off, erased from history, never to return, never to be referred to again. Awful addition to the series.

  • July 3, 2012, 8:01 a.m. CST

    What a Cool Idea!

    by FloristGump

    Nice one Alex, great idea, there's some mileage in that as a concept. If not as a TV show, perhaps as an audio series or web series?

  • July 3, 2012, 8:01 a.m. CST

    First? Shiiiiit!

    by FloristGump

    Been here ten years, never had a first! Ain't that cool!

  • July 3, 2012, 8:13 a.m. CST


    by Sollasollewmn

    She knows all the right keywords to drop to get the fanboys/girls howling, doesn't she? Talk about knowing your audience. For those without headphones, she posits that River has plenty of adventures on her own without the Doctor and those would be fun to play out. She also suggests that River knows Captain Jack and it would be fun to see those two interact.

  • July 3, 2012, 8:13 a.m. CST

    She basically says

    by V'Shael

    that since she has her own adventures between appearing in the Doctors life, as a time travelling archaeologist, she'd imagine that River has a lot of different adventures. She mentions that she thinks River knows Captain Jack for example. And would like RTD to do an adventure with them together, even though Torchwood hasn't been picked up. She admits there's a possibility of some sort of spin off, but the Moffat won't have time to even think of something else, what with Sherlock and Who etc...

  • July 3, 2012, 8:16 a.m. CST


    by Red Ned Lynch

    ....she says she may be available to reprise the character, but only under any circumstances.

  • July 3, 2012, 8:25 a.m. CST

    red ned lynch

    by tomdolan04

    I'd like to think that should be 'certain' rather than 'any', but then again we all gotta eat.

  • July 3, 2012, 8:54 a.m. CST

    How is she a Mary Sue?

    by hst666

    I do not want to debate the merits of the character, and maybe I misunderstand the definition of Mary Sue, but she does not seem like one to me.

  • July 3, 2012, 8:59 a.m. CST


    by Kevin Kittridge

    What's with all the assholes talking during her answer?

  • July 3, 2012, 9:16 a.m. CST

    hst666, I think she fits depending on your opinion of her.

    by spacehog

    I'd always thought a Mary Sue needed to be, essentially, an idealized version of the author--basically a sort of wish fulfillment--but it turns out it applies to any overly idealized character. So if you feel she's a little too cool for school, if she's just too awesome and too perfect and whatnot, she fits. I'd point you to the tvtropes page for ''Mary Sue'' but I wouldn't wish that website on anyone. I feel like there must be another term for a character who the author really, really loves and the audience really, really doesn't, but again, I'm not going to tvtropes to find it. I'll lose my whole day if I do. (Not saying any of this would apply to River, of course, but I'd say that's a fair assessment of the situation for people who don't like her character.)

  • July 3, 2012, 9:22 a.m. CST

    Dr Who

    by Chris Beveridge

    Is anyone still watching this?

  • July 3, 2012, 9:22 a.m. CST

    Celebrity interviews

    by Dreamfasting

    I find I cringe at interviews with celebrities personally, but the audience was clearly enjoying themselves and hanging on her every word so she definitely played her part for them.

  • July 3, 2012, 9:52 a.m. CST



    Yup. And is your name meant to be spelt like that, or can you simply not spell "Assassin"?

  • July 3, 2012, 9:54 a.m. CST

    River Song has been a wonderful character

    by chiwrtr72

    Do I like everything that's been done with her? No. But I like having a character that out the Doctor off balance without being just another villain. The closest I can think of before this is Romana. Any others?

  • July 3, 2012, 10:02 a.m. CST


    by Chris Beveridge

    Only watched a few with Matt Smith in it, it seems to have went back to the Sylvester McCoy era. And yes, meant to be spelt like that (its a legacy from an original misspelling back in Duke Nukem multiplayer days....)

  • July 3, 2012, 10:02 a.m. CST

    Proper term for a character like River Song...

    by hamjam

    would be "Wesley" as in Wesley Crusher. Also known as "Creator's Pet." Basically someone that the writers super love and cram down your throats. Bonus points if all of the other characters talk them up. Captain Jack would have been one of these as well, if people had hated him.

  • July 3, 2012, 10:46 a.m. CST

    andy is in heaven, eating some of aunt bea's pie

    by walt

  • July 3, 2012, 11:04 a.m. CST

    I hated Captain Jack

    by Mr Lucas

    but not quite as much as I hate John Barrowman :)

  • July 3, 2012, 11:07 a.m. CST

    I would like to see her disrobe like she did in Essex Boys

    by Stan Gable

    Granted it was more than 10 years ago, but her tits looked great!

  • July 3, 2012, 11:09 a.m. CST

    GREAT job there MJG!!!

    by gotilk

    One of our own! Great work, man. Congrats and all that. Thanks for representing us so well with such a great question!

  • July 3, 2012, 11:23 a.m. CST


    by Michael_Jacksons_Ghost

    Thanks. The question came from Merrick, and I forwarded it to Ms. Kingston. Other interesting things that came from the Q&A. The Moff is the only person allowed to write/direct the character of River Song. Ms. Kingston was asked what is the difference between working with Tennant/Smith. Her answer was that Tennant between takes/filming would start card games, or word games so that his mind would always be working on something. And with Smith, he likes to play his guitar, or start soccer games. If she could keep any prop, it would be the diary. Matt Smith is the most clumsy person on Earth. He is well known for dropping, and breaking props. She is Mark Gatiss's #1 fan. Ms. Kingston knows the Doctor's real name!

  • July 3, 2012, 11:30 a.m. CST

    The phone should be held horizontally

    by cyberuck

    Jeez, you'd think geeks would know better. There are retards in every group.

  • ...and I don't just mean physically.

  • July 3, 2012, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Love Alex and Love River, it's just that...

    by ChakaMudd

    "The Moffat" needs to do something more with her soon. I love how she's developed so far, but I'm getting a little tired of not having more background on her. And if Who isn't going to provide it soon, I think some specials or a spin-off with River would be an excellent way to do it. Alex is a great actress and her energy and wit bring much to the show, and much more I think than the Doctor's recent tag-along compliment.

  • July 3, 2012, 11:42 a.m. CST

    Harkness and Song

    by ChakaMudd

    Sounds like a decent, universe-sized, problem solving duo! Actually, I'd really like to explore the Cap'n Jack/Face of Bo timeline, if that's even applicable anymore.

  • July 3, 2012, 11:43 a.m. CST

    River Song is insufferable

    by Well_Frog

    I never minded Kingston until she took on that role, and now I can barely watch her. The character is beyond annoying and should be phased out as permanently as can be on a show about time travel.

  • July 3, 2012, 11:46 a.m. CST

    R.I.P. Andy, Mayberry will miss you.

    by ChakaMudd

  • July 3, 2012, 12:07 p.m. CST

    "How is she a Mary Sue?"

    by buggerbugger

    How isn't she?! She's the ultimate in Mary Sues. She's such a Mary Sue that the central character can't help but fall in love with her, run off and marry her! Every time she's on screen it's like watching Moffat in drag.

  • I can't separate them in my mind. Jack Barrowness is made out of despicable plastic, like some kind of sleazy, Auton sexual predator oozing its "charm" across the screen.

  • They'd spend at least 40 minutes of each episode parrying one another's double entendres. Then it would devolve into 'Torchwood' for the remainder. Still, whatever keeps 'em both away from DW is fine by me.

  • July 3, 2012, 12:29 p.m. CST

    An actor wants their own spin off big fucking surprise assholes.

    by thedarklingthrush

  • July 3, 2012, 1:23 p.m. CST

    *SPOILER* The Doctors real name is

    by donkey_lasher


  • July 3, 2012, 1:29 p.m. CST

    And thanks again, michael_jacksons_ghost

    by gotilk

    Fascinating about the Moff being the only one allowed to write her into anything. That does limit things. Unless of course.... he were to choose to do a series with her after leaving Who. I doubt that though. He will probably want to take a break from that universe at that point. I hope that point comes later than sooner though.

  • July 3, 2012, 1:30 p.m. CST

    True, obijuanmartinez ... so true.

    by gotilk

    But I still hope his name is something like George McDonald. Or maybe just Tim.

  • July 3, 2012, 1:30 p.m. CST


    by gotilk

    Stacy. Stacy Peters.

  • July 3, 2012, 1:49 p.m. CST

    His name

    by Mr Lucas

    is John Smith. He's said it a number of times. It may not be the name he had on Gallifrey, but who cares?

  • July 3, 2012, 2:35 p.m. CST

    I think I have typed before that I would enjoy ....

    by dogrobber

    ... the River Song character in stand alone adventures in a Valerian/Ron Goulart/Mike Resnick type future setting, away from any mention of the Doctor or related characters, as long as she nevers says "spoilers". But the Jack Harkness character, if he reappears at all, needs to go back to Doctor Who. I just find the character works better, and is more fun/enjoyable, on the main show. Either that or, if Torchwood comes back, they need to give him an authority figure to play against.

  • July 3, 2012, 2:38 p.m. CST

    I'm with scratchmonkey

    by photoboy

    River Song needs to be strapped to a reality bomb and completely obliterated. The character is so insufferably smug I'd be happier having Bonnie Langford back on the show. The only character I dislike as much as River is that chavette played by Billie.

  • July 3, 2012, 4:19 p.m. CST

    THAT Alex Kingston???

    by Stygian

    I can't believe that emotionless ginger would be "cool" on any show! Just watching her "act" on ER was nauseating enough. Well, it's just the same. People like Amazing Spiderman although it's an abomination and insulting to the source material.

  • July 3, 2012, 4:34 p.m. CST

    thanks for filming that in portrait mode

    by rakesh patel

  • July 3, 2012, 4:58 p.m. CST


    by Michael_Jacksons_Ghost


  • July 3, 2012, 6:57 p.m. CST

    um..Eastbound and down has been renewed for another season

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    where the article herc?

  • ...and what a totally inferior character compared to the previous on-screen female companion [hint, I'm not referring to lame-o Ace either].

  • July 3, 2012, 11:13 p.m. CST

    Torchwood is dead...

    by lynxpro

    And why would The Moff trust RTD to use his own creation [River Song] when RTD couldn't even write his own created character - Captain Jack - the best? Even with his own show, Captain Jack wasn't better than his own appearances on Who itself. That should tell you something. And his best written appearance was in his debut episodes, which were written by The Moff.

  • July 4, 2012, 6:46 a.m. CST

    Hurry up and get rid of Matt Smith while you are at it.

    by Dingbatty

  • July 4, 2012, 12:31 p.m. CST

    great job capturing it on video...

    by Isaias

    you fucking dolt. How about filming video with the phone in landscape mode, you shitbrick. Who wants to see black fucking bars on the sides?

  • July 4, 2012, 3:08 p.m. CST

    The only River Song story I really want to see...

    by tangcameo that last one, where The Doctor shows up, telling her she's about to go to a library, and somehow (I don't know how) hands her his 10th Doctor screwdriver with a few enhancements. I'd really love to have one character, not a companion or a love interest, but a character whose known ALL the incarnations of The Doctor, past present and future (Doctor wise). Someone the Doctor turns to in his darkest hours (usually after losing a Companion to death or some other force or by his own hand) and the character is a good listener but never reveals The Doctors future, no matter how bright or horrible what might be to come. A Character that's seen The Doctor die, truly die, but never reveals to The Doctor in what future incarnation he will finally meet his end or how (13th? 73rd? 3,148th?) I also want to see Alex Kingstons pencileraser/minimarshmallow nipples again.

  • July 5, 2012, 2:43 p.m. CST

    I think River Song *was* a great character...

    by tonagan

    until she was linked to the soap opera that is Amy Pond. Then again, it always seems that characters with mysterious origins always turn out to have lame backstories.

  • July 6, 2012, 5:04 a.m. CST


    by Rebel Scumb

    A bit off topic, but I just noticed that Skyone will be launching this show shortly: Anyone heard if it's supposed to be any good?