Guess Who’s Coming Back To ‘Doctor Who’… Spoilers Sweetie!

Posted Wednesday, April 11th, 2012 04:00 pm GMT -4 by

Okay, maybe it’s not spoilers but it’s nice to know that Alex Kingston will officially return as Melody Pond/River Song in the episode featuring her parents’ final appearance in this season’s ‘Doctor Who.’

It’s been no secret that Amy and Rory Pond (played by Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill) will be departing this season. We know that their departure will involve the Weeping Angels and occur in New York during the 1940’s. “Amy & Rory will leave in a final encounter with the Weeping Angels in episode 5,” announced Moffat last month, “Not everyone gets out alive and I mean it this time.”

A casting call went out in New York for a photo double for Kingston with the added requirement that she must also be able to drive. So any scenes with River driving may not actually be Kingston behind the wheel but her double.

Matt Smith has said that the departure of the Ponds would be “incredible” and we would expect no less from Steven Moffat as he wrote the episode. It’s nice to know that River will also be involved in the pivotal episode but how much involvement will that be?  Moffat is known to be a master of plot twists. Will she also be part of the Weeping Angels casualties? I guess we’ll have to wait until the fall to see.

The cast is currently in New York filming location shots for the Pond’s final episode. They did film part of the episode in Cardiff at the Cardiff School of Physics and Astronomy Building which doubled as a location in the US.  Below are some photos and a video of what was filmed and Getty Images has some recent ones of the gang filming at Central Park.

I’m currently stocking up on Kleenex as I know that this will be an emotional episode (it just might be up there with 10’s and Rose’s goodbye in ‘Doomsday’).  And just like the 10th Doctor meeting his future companion during Christmas after losing Rose, the 11th Doctor will be meeting his next companion, Jenna Louise Coleman, this Christmas after the Pond’s final episode airs.

So what do you think of the development of this episode so far? Are you happy to see Kingston return as River?

Source: Doctor Who TV

‘Doctor Who’ Episode 5 Behind the Scenes Photos and Video:


 Doctor Who Matt Smith episode 5

(photos courtesy of Alun Vega)

  • Kitty

    I like River she is cool im glad shes back maybe shes the one going to die

    • River already died (at least physically) when she met the 10th Doctor in ‘Forest of the Dead’. Her life and the Doctor’s appear to be going in opposite directions in time.

  • Bev Brown

    I am sad that rory and amy are going but companions dont stay very long there will be great days ahead a new mysterious companion who knows what else

    • Janice Kay

      I’m excited about the new companion also!

  • Jane

    I love River so much! I hope she will not leave with Amy and Rory! :( She better not die either, it would crush me. 

    • Ksaraf23

      i have this terrible feeling that river will be forced to see the deaths of her own parents….

      just a feeling, I suppose.

  • Leni

    For anybody who is worried, I’d just like to note that the Silence in the Library episode with David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor was his first ever encounter with River but was in fact her last, making it impossible for her life to end in this upcoming episode. Her survival is imperative as there is no other way that she could save the Doctor’s life all the way back in season four. Don’t forget that both the Doctor and River are time travelers and Let’s Kill Hitler (season 6) appears to be her first proper meeting with him while Silence in the Library was his and yet they meet several times before and after. This episode will just be another time that the two have together.