Doctor Who: John Barrowman says Olly Alexander should get role
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As a ‘child of the TARDIS’ and wife of Doctor Who, River Song (played by Alex Kingston) in a unique character – mostly human with some Time Lord DNA. She’s also one of the few people who knew the Doctor’s true name, giving her a strong connection with the titular protagonist in the fifth series of the popular BBC sci-fi show. But River Song hasn’t yet crossed paths with the latest Doctor, played by Jodie Whittaker, and the actress has said she would like to see the two characters collide.
Speaking about the idea, Alexa said: “I’m open to anything. I don’t have an idea about how we should meet or anything like that. But I would like River to meet her, and plant a big, fat kiss on her!”
It comes as the actress discussed her upcoming The Ruby’s Curse, based on her character and her alter-ego, Melody Malone.
She said: “It’s because of the fantastic fan community that I decided to release this new book, because, in the past, there had been a book that was written that was supposedly written by River.
“She has an alter ego, which is Melody Malone, but she also has this diary,” Alex told the Radio Times.
She added that the diary entries cover more than just her adventures with the doctor, and include her times with Captain Jack (John Barrowman) as well as what she gets up to when she isn’t with the Doctor.
Adding that the biggest feature of River Song is “her voice”, and her desire for adventure, Alex didn’t give away too many details about River.
Is it possible that River could meet the thirteenth Doctor? Fans have speculated about how this union could play out.
Taking to Reddit to discuss theories, one said: “I thought her character had a good ending in Series 9 and I feel having her return, even if it was set before she died would sort of take away from the impact as that episode was the perfect final episode.”
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Another agreed that River’s most recent scenes had suited an ending for the character, writing: “River had an established story with a beginning and end so I don’t get the need to break that by having River meet Doctors before or after what has happened in the show.”
Some fans could see the plot working though, with another adding that any further storylines would build on her character just like previous plots had.
“I’m a big fan of this regardless of the implications for her original arc,” another fan added. Many have predicted that this potential could open a new dynamic among both characters, giving them a chance to explore a different side of their respective personas.
Meanwhile, fans have been eagerly awaiting the BBC’s announcement as to weather or not Jodie is leaving the show, and who her replacement would be if she does.
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Those being speculated as future Doctors on the rumour mil include It’s a Sin’s Olly Alexander and Death in Paradise’s Kris Marshall.
Mandip Gill recently teased that Jodie’s replacement could be a woman of colour. Mandip was cast in the 11th series of Doctor Who in 2017 as a companion to the Jodie’s Doctor.
She was recently asked by Meera Syal’s Radio 4 series, Gossip and Goddesses with Granny Kumar if she thinks a woman of colour will ever play Doctor Who.
She replied: “Yeah, I do. I think there’s a long way to go but there’s definitely room for change. And actually I think at the BBC and at Doctor Who they are very open and forward-thinking, so yes.”
Currently, Death in Paradise star Kris is the bookies’ favourite as a Doctor Who replacement.
Close behind him is I May Destroy You actress Michaela Coel, while Maxine Peake is another contender, with odds of 8/1 on being cast.
Game of Thrones actress Natalie Dormer is another name that has been throw into the mix, while comedian and actor Richard Ayoade also holds odds of 8/1.
Doctor Who is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.
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