Alex Kingston, who plays River Song in the long-running sci-fi series ‘Doctor Who’, has revealed that she still can’t watch River’s final episode. The reason she gave would warm even a Dalek’s heart. Kingston recently commented on filming “The Husbands Of River Song,” and shared details about the sonic screwdriver scene being very emotional for her, which makes going back and watching the episode very difficult. Kingston said:
“I can’t watch the one with Peter Capaldi, in ‘The Husbands of River Song.’ That last scene, was so hard for me to shoot because even though we shoot out of sequence, that scene they left until the last moment to film. And I, of course, know what’s coming up, now that she’s been given her sonic screwdriver, but yet, of course, River doesn’t. She has an inkling but she doesn’t know and so I had to work really hard not to cry and I didn’t succeed. We had to do a couple of takes, I just started bawling and again I saw Peter, you know he’s tough, he doesn’t show or share those emotions and the last few moments we were filming and I was looking at him and said, ‘My God! You’re teary-eyed! Don’t do that, because it will likely be me too!”
For those of us who need a refresher, the 2015 ‘Doctor Who’ Christmas special, “The Husbands Of River Song” chronicled the final meeting between the Doctor and the often out-of-sequence River Song before she would then meet him for the first time -in his timeline- in the Library back in Season 4 of the series. This encounter, which is the first time the Doctor lays eyes on his future wife (who already knew about their marriage), proved to bring about the end of River’s timeline, as she sacrificed herself to save him. The Doctor kept River alive by uploading her “data ghost” to the Library using the same sonic screwdriver he gives to her seasons later in “The Husbands Of River Song.”
For many Doctor Who fans, “The Husbands of River Song” closed what was often regarded as a plot hole in the series. To Kingston, however, the moment held a little more weight. Kingston said in a recent interview that her moment with Capaldi wasn’t the only one to bring tears to her eyes, and she noted feeling emotional when she sees David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor getting emotional, as that was not his typical behavior. Kingston also mentioned fighting back the urge to cry when River has to say goodbye to Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor, a moment that surely made fans misty-eyed as well.
While other Doctors got some tears, it would seem Capaldi’s Doctor is really the one who could get the waterworks going. It appears Kingston welled up just slightly in the finished scene, despite her best efforts. All I can say is, I’m glad I wasn’t the only one crying!
Speaking of Christmas specials, ‘Doctor Who’s’ next Christmas special is scheduled to air December 25 on the BBC, and a few actors having been confirmed to be reappearing. There have been many rumors surrounding potential returns but we wouldn’t want to give away any spoilers, sweetie.