Matt Smith hopes River Song doesn’t become the Doctor’s companion

Doctor Who star Matt Smith has revealed that he doesn’t want River Song to become the Doctor’s full time companion, because she’s the only woman who makes the Doctor go “whoa”.

BANG Showbiz report that 28-year-old Matt – who of course plays the latest Time Lord in the sci-fi series – loves shooting scenes with Alex Kingston, who plays archaeologist River Song, but he thinks the character would lose her shock value if she became a permanent inhabitant of the TARDIS.

He told BANG, “I think River’s too independent to ever be a full-time companion…

“I think that’s what makes River great as a character. The companions and The Doctor are doing their thing then whoosh in comes the hair!

“It just messes the Doctor up and makes him go, ‘Oh Christ, River’s here,’ and it frightens him.

“And weirdly he’s going, ‘Why the hell am I attracted to her? What’s that?’

“That’s the woman who makes him go whoa.”

Matt is also full of praise for Alex, and admits she took him under her wing when he first joined the cast of Doctor Who.

He said, “I love Alex Kingston deeply. She’s just a wonderful actress and a great friend.

“She’s someone who from the moment I walked onto the set of ‘Doctor Who’ has been a great influence on me and a real guiding light and took care of me really because it’s quite a daunting thing, and she just embraced me so that was nice.”

Matt also revealed that River will be back in the autumn run of episodes, and that fans will find out a lot more about the character following the revelation she’s the adult daughter of The Doctor’s companions Rory Williams and Amy Pond.

He said, “She’s back for episode eight (‘Let’s Kill Hitler’) and she definitely appears in nine and thirteen and she’ll be back again. River’s not going anywhere.”

‘Let’s Kill Hitler’ airs on BBC One at 7.10pm tonight.

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