Doctor Who: Alex Kingston claims fans ‘respond’ to River Song character

Alex Kingston has played a big part in keeping the intrigue alive in the current series of Doctor Who and her character River Song is set to be at the centre of this Saturday’s mid season finale episode.

The former ER actress has confessed that she never expected fans to take to her alter-ego when Russell T. Davies first offered her the part, but admitted that now she realises people see River as a ‘role model.’

Talking about her character to the Evening Standard, Kingston said : “It plays with the notion of an older woman being in love with a younger man, who in his own funny, confused way loves her but doesn’t quite know why, because it’s a love in the future, in a different body.

“I’m not sure you’d get that kind of dynamic in America. At first I thought, my goodness, children aren’t really going to understand or respond to River Song because of the age difference. But it seems they don’t notice that. It’s the character they are responding to.”

She added: “I have had women coming up to me saying that she’s a fantastic role model. That it’s great to see a woman in her 40s being kick-ass.”

Following the character’s initial appearance, then-executive producer Russell T Davies described River as “one of the most important characters” and “vital” to the Doctor’s life.

We posted a great promo clip from this weekend’s episode ‘A Good Man Goes To War’, in which River tells Rory that soon, the Doctor will find out who she really is.

We can’t wait for the revelation…the suspense has been killing us so far! Members of our Doctor Who Fan group have been pondering her identity for months now and have come up with some very interesting theories, you can read them and post some of your own here.