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Russell T. Davies Tells Steven Moffat to Bring Back River Song, Moff Talks Leaving Doctor Who
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Doctor Who executive producer Steven Moffat has once again gone on record to say that he is open to the idea of a return for the character of River Song – so long as it’s for the right story… going on to reveal even Russell T. Davies has asked for her to be brought back!

Speaking to the BAFTA tenth anniversary event earlier this month, Moffat reveals how he worries about giving the Doctor friends who stay too long:

[speech_bubble type=”drop” subtype=”a” icon=”moffatcircle.png” name=”Steven Moffat”]It entirely depends on whether we’ve got a good story, it’s certainly not ruled out. I have a sort of worry about keeping anybody around in the Doctor’s life for too long. Because he’s the Man who Leaves. He’s the man who outlives everybody: that’s his story. In the end it’s the boy in his box, and he’s alone.In the end if we had a great story, we’d do it.[/speech_bubble]

Moffat also reveals that former showrunner and head honcho Russell T. Davies asked him to bring back the character, played in the series by Alex Kingston

[speech_bubble type=”drop” subtype=”a” icon=”moffatcircle.png” name=”Steven Moffat”]I mentioned in passing to Russell that we were probably done with River. He said, ‘You can’t be done with River! No, no, no. Capaldi and Kingston, it’s a sex storm!’ So if you see an episode called Sex Storm by Russell T Davies in his post-Cucumber years… [there will be] lots of editing from me saying ‘We really can’t do that, you’ve forgotten which show this is….’[/speech_bubble]

Steven Moffat on stage alongside interviewer Jaci Stephens in New York

Also at the event, Steven talked a little about his future post-Doctor Who, revealing he doesn’t have any plans beyond his current role on the show and his role alongside Mark Gatiss on Sherlock:

[speech_bubble type=”drop” subtype=”a” icon=”moffatcircle.png” name=”Steven Moffat”]I keep signing on for another year all the time. I haven’t really figured out what I’m going to do after this. At some point the lure of doing something else that isn’t either of those shows will be too strong – I’ll have to [bid farewell][/speech_bubble]

But Moffat, who is often the subject of press intrigue and highly charged fan discussion, revealed sometimes he wishes his role wasn’t quite so high profile:

[speech_bubble type=”drop” subtype=”a” icon=”moffatcircle.png” name=”Steven Moffat”]There are moments – and this is the most ungrateful remark you’re ever gonna hear from a white straight man, this is the supremacy of privilege here – I sometimes wish everything wasn’t so high profile all the time.[/speech_bubble]

Steven Moffat has allegedly already signed on for the tenth series of Doctor Who to air in 2016 alongside his fourth series of Sherlock. Series nine of Doctor Who will broadcast this coming fall/autumn with Christmas specials for both shows airing this holiday season.


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