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Matt Smith Doesn’t Want to see River with Capaldi

peter-capaldi-river-songWill River Song return for more adventures with Peter Capaldi’s Doctor? It’s unclear at present, but one thing is for sure, Matt Smith isn’t so keen on the idea.

Speaking at a Q&A panel at last weekend’s New Orleans Comic Con, he said: “Don’t ask. I’m really possessive over Alex [Kingston]. I said this to Steven [Moffat]. I was like, ‘Listen, just don’t! Just not Alex. Anyone else, but don’t give [Capaldi] River.’ But Peter is the Doctor now so hey, what can I do?”

He adds: “I think that Steven will be planning things that are going to unfold over years and I think he’ll reinvent the folklore, and it will become Peter’s folklore.

“But I am really proud of the fact that Alex was part of number Eleven’s life. My wife!”

Step back in time...

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harveyspecter
harveyspecter

River's story arc is what made me like 11 Doctor.  Wether or not people like her seem to be a matter of "how would I rather like to see Kingston play?"  because it's all about Kingston's stellar performance.  She could be quite as enigmatic and faithful in a quiet way, as passionate and morally conflicted.  I enjoyed both tones, and the story writing cleverness (and originality, which is always risky) of her run with Smith was very enjoyable for me.


pjdxxxwa
pjdxxxwa

We first saw her with David (Silence in the LIbrary) and they meet "at different points in time" not just the reverse order. It is totally feasible she could still show up because she was "saved" in 10's episode. Watch it again … at the very end they remark about days when no one dies - and Angelina, and everyone else are restored, as well.  As a writer myself,  I can bring her back and I am not nearly as brilliant as Moffat (yet).  ;-)





Cheryl Gill
Cheryl Gill

The story arc isn't done. We know that River said that the doctor was so young; therefore, her relationship was with an older version. Capaldi could fit that.


thribs1
thribs1

I don't want to see River period. Use Benny for a change.

AMcL
AMcL

I think that RIver's story can't be over.  Remember she is meeting The Doctor in reverse.  We have seen him meeting her, but she has yet to meet him for the first time. It will be a point in which The Doctor will know her, but she will be young and won't know him.  Also, 11 used some of his regeneration energy to heal River's wrist in "The Angels Take Manhattan" (and in the same scene she comments on 11 having the face of a 12 year-old), so arguably it may be because of River that his next regeneration is aged in appearance. 

babbitdukes
babbitdukes

I'm not jealous I don't care whether she's hot I'm too busy eying up the 12th Doctor,

HaroldHuff
HaroldHuff

River has so much potential because of her special origins and there are lots of hints that could lead to wild stories.She could be the first Time Lord because she was conceived in the schism. She could be the origin of the Tardis entities because to quote the Doctor she is the child of the Tardis, and she is a living entity within the Library Computer which is certainly an evolutionary step. There is more to tell with the Ponds and Melody Malone. There is also clearly something yet to come based on the Spoilers comment as she exits in the Name of the Doctor. Finally all you ladies out there are just Jealous because she is Hot.


babbitdukes
babbitdukes

As long as she doesn't take over and is seen as little as possible, Sorry River fan's but I can't stand the character, Alex is a very good actress to protray some who is either loved or disliked

tjperez
tjperez

Rumor has it, she'll appear for maybe only one episode and that will be to close the end of her arc (perhaps where she gets the screwdriver she uses in the library).

babbitdukes
babbitdukes

Please please no more River I've had enough I just want to see the Doctor and no domestics.

ChrismichaelCk
ChrismichaelCk

Im bored of River now, like in all fairness i got bored of her pretty quickly, she was better when she was with Tennant and mysterious, but since Matts time she was over done and far too over the top

HorcruxCookies
HorcruxCookies

I would just love to see River in maybe one episode with 12, not as a main character but kind of just there doing her thing. She did say "I've seen all your faces" in The Time of the Angels

OnceTheDoctor
OnceTheDoctor

Me too. I don't wan the Twelfth Doctor and River Song having any storylines together really . 

DeloresKirkwood
DeloresKirkwood

I did like the flirting.  If you recall she was in love with the doctor since way before adult River,  as Melody.  And it was highly enjoyable to see the transition from the "can't acknowledge desire"  10 to Rose, to recovering from a broken heart.  And how do women get the attention of men they like?  They flirt - so it was right in character for River imho.    

Oliver J. "cool"
Oliver J. "cool"

But River knows more than just Matt. When she met Tennant she said he was "one of the early ones". If Matt's just one after Tennant then he also would be an early one. River should meet Capaldi and at least 3 more after him.

CharlesRayBatchelor
CharlesRayBatchelor

I don't know about once but a arc of episodes that explains the spoilers comment from "Day of the Doctor".

deigns
deigns

I have to say that I strongly disagree. I really want to see River again, if just once. We've had all of this talk about how "weird it is when he goes all baby-face" as Matt Smith (meaning she's used to seeing him older and implying she's spends a lot of time in the show's still-future), all of this mystery regarding "the one and only time the Doctor can tell her his name" and that this had to be at some kind of an event, this 'married' status that the two of them have that has to inform, to some degree, every relationship the Doctor has with a female character from now on, that honestly if she's never given any closure in that regard, I think she'll just become this baggage on the show and we'll have this conversation every single season from now until the end of time.



Bring her back once, do it well, and end it if you must - but for better or worse she's too woven into the lore of the show for it to make narrative sense just to "not bring her up anymore" in the show proper.

teddybowties - the one on FFN not Tumblr
teddybowties - the one on FFN not Tumblr

srsly. guys. River was somehow reincarnated as TASHA LEM. LAME HATS. COME ON. the Doctor will still have her... he SAVED her.Tasha was very exciting for me as a character, as well. i hope se wee her again, relieved of the burden of that pesky dalek. she fascinates me, as River did during Silence in the Library. they kind of took some of River's charm/mystique/air out in subsequent episodes though... seemed like to me.;( Tasha and River wre beautiful. I as a writer REALLY want to see Tasha again. She was exquisite and fine, like a delicate china.





Jack_of_theDead
Jack_of_theDead

I agree. She's done. Her story is over. If ever she has to return, make it a short mini-episode in one of the bonus features. Five years from now. Rive is done, let Doctor Who move on. I'd hate for Capaldi to have to be saddled with her too. 



DawnTime
DawnTime

Poor Alex - Matt doing her out of work.  Strange thing for Matt to say a bit selfish maybe?

ThePhoneboxes
ThePhoneboxes

I'd like her to return. Kinda like a once off with the 10th.

JailBanksters
JailBanksters

Maybe as Alex

But I don't see a problem if River Re-Generated


Lord of Time is looking for ents
Lord of Time is looking for ents

It would nice if she would come back, but she doesnt need to.And yes, she is elevens wife she was with ten in SITL and TFOTD, but still for me are alex and matt the "time travelling couple" !

The 14th Doctor
The 14th Doctor

I agree with Matt. River's story is done. Bringing her back would just threaten to overuse her.

NotTheDoctor
NotTheDoctor

@Cheryl Gill She said that TO Tennant, not ABOUT Tennant, meaning that she was talking about Matt. Then it doens't really make much sence for her to appear again.

NotTheDoctor
NotTheDoctor

@AMcL It has to be. I mean, when the Doctor first met her she said that he was so young to him, meaning that she only knew Matt's Doctor. And we've seen her "meeting" him, when she tried to kill him on Let's Kill Hitler, she never had met him, she only knew the stories that Amy told her.

Xaven
Xaven

*Cough* Let's Kill Hitler *Cough*

FabioHasseck
FabioHasseck

@tjperez there was mini episode where the 11th Doctor met his future 11th self on the day his future self give her the scrowdriver therefore I don't think they would show the actual scene of her getting it.

CandiceBianic
CandiceBianic

@CharlesRayBatchelor  That was explained the mini episode. The Doctor says, "Spoilers" and she said, "Oh I like that.". It's one of those timey wimey things... chicken and the egg. Did he give the phrase to him or him to her? Hmmmmm lol

DeloresKirkwood
DeloresKirkwood

@JailBanksters   Unless being saved did something to River, she could never regenerate.  She used up all her regenerations to bring 11 back to life in Let's Kill Hitler, remember?  But Moffat can do anything - he is great at bringing the dead back to life, why not bringing more regenerations to River - but, it will be so strange to see another River for me.  

DeloresKirkwood
DeloresKirkwood

@WiblyWoblyTimyWimyMOFFAT    I agree, there will always be that something special between her and Matt because that is where all the flirting and inuenos occurred - and the wedding, of course.  But Peter and Matt are  The Doctor and River will accept that.  Perhaps now the change right away, but the fact.  I think it would bring a whole new unpredictable (and fresh) light to the series. I foresee many scenarios of bickering all the way up to It will be done MY way --- by both.    

DeloresKirkwood
DeloresKirkwood

@The 14th Doctor    So many of disagree that her story is done.  A good writer, like Moffat, can do so much with her saved character.  THAT is why she was saved, and not dead.  

TheAbsofBoe are so two dimensional
TheAbsofBoe are so two dimensional

@NotTheDoctor @Cheryl Gill I don't think there's enough difference in age between Matt and David for that to be true.  I think it sounds plausible that it could have meant Capaldi.  Hell, if someone told you after Silence in the Library that River would turn out to be the Doctors wife and the daughter of two of his companions in two years we'd have laughed them off the board!

DeloresKirkwood
DeloresKirkwood

@Liana21  The way the film things in the UK make it possible for her to be there as much as she was was with Matt.  I can see it.  Where did you read abougt the new crime series?  Was it a blog of speculation or real news?  There was a bit going about her and Capt. Jack  "talking about a spin off".   But who knows if that was real or just a fan's wishful thinking.  ;-)

tjperez
tjperez

@TheDreamer @DawnTime  Most likely.  The response was in response to a question from the audience "How would you feel about Peter Capaldi having relations with River Song?"