Alex Kingston on ‘Doctor Who,’ ‘Downton Abbey,’ and ‘Upstairs Downstairs’ - The Daily Beast
First: MAJOR SPOILERS. You may want to save this interview for after Saturday night.
Second: it’s a really good piece about Alex and all that she has been up to including, of course, Doctor Who.
These days, Kingston is most recognizable for her role as fan favorite Professor River Song on Doctor Who. Originally slated to appear in just two episodes of the immensely popular science fiction series in 2008, the character proved to be so popular after her death that River’s creator, current Who head writer Steven Moffat, brought her back, enmeshing River and the Doctor (Matt Smith) in an ongoing storyline reminiscent of The Time Traveler’s Wife. As the two cross paths at different points in time, each is never sure what shared events have occurred yet or which way the other is traveling.

Alex Kingston on ‘Doctor Who,’ ‘Downton Abbey,’ and ‘Upstairs Downstairs’ - The Daily Beast

First: MAJOR SPOILERS. You may want to save this interview for after Saturday night.

Second: it’s a really good piece about Alex and all that she has been up to including, of course, Doctor Who.

These days, Kingston is most recognizable for her role as fan favorite Professor River Song on Doctor Who. Originally slated to appear in just two episodes of the immensely popular science fiction series in 2008, the character proved to be so popular after her death that River’s creator, current Who head writer Steven Moffat, brought her back, enmeshing River and the Doctor (Matt Smith) in an ongoing storyline reminiscent of The Time Traveler’s Wife. As the two cross paths at different points in time, each is never sure what shared events have occurred yet or which way the other is traveling.

Bad girl in the TARDIS

  • The Daily Beast:
    How would you stack up Amy Pond against her most recent predecessors, i.e., Rose Tyler, Martha Jones, and Donna Noble? Did you set out to make her a reaction to any of the Doctor’s most recent companions?
  • Steven Moffat:
    I don’t think you can, because she’s a completely different person. With the Doctor, you might have a certain amount of that, but Amy Pond has never even met those other girls, so why would she be a response to them?…There are always going to be certain commonalities to the people who choose to go through the blue doors, but I think Amy is…in certain respects, one of the trickier ones. Because of her very odd introduction to the Doctor, it took her a long time to trust him. She likes a good time…I keep saying, “bad girl in the TARDIS.” And now, you know who her daughter is and they’re both just bad girls.

Absolutely *BRILLIANT* Interview with Steven Moffat at The Daily Beast

The Daily Beast has a *BRILLIANT* interview with Steven Moffat where he answers a lot of questions/comments/complaints about everything from how he plans the plot, series-long arcs, and what happens when one day he, Matt, Karen, and Arthur decide to move on.  It’s a must read.

For example:

It was revealed that River Song is the daughter of companions Amy and Rory (Arthur Darvill). Is this the solution you had in mind when you first introduced her in “Silence in the Library” back in Season 5?

Not quite…It came about from the most practical reason: I had to have the Doctor in a library…and a bunch of archaeologists had to find him and not immediately arrest him for the crime. The psychic paper wouldn’t cover it, so I thought, What if one of the archaeologists knows him?…But then I thought, What if one of the archaeologists knows him, but he doesn’t know the archaeologist? Suddenly, that’s quite cool. What if it’s a woman? What if it’s a woman who flirts with him in a rather proprietary way? Then a whole story explodes in your head…She might be his wife, or a girlfriend, or there’s a romantic attachment there.

When I introduced Amy Pond, it was with the possibility that this could be the mother of River, and that’s why I put the “Pond” in…There was no guarantee that Karen [Gillan] was going to stay or that Alex [Kingston] would come back. It was just a possibility that I kept alive.

We’re still reading it. We’ll probably post more quotes from it as we come across them.




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