If there are two characters fans of BBC’s Doctor Who are most passionate about, it’s River Song and Captain Jack Harkness. Of all the Time Lord’s companions, none are perhaps more beloved than these two — fans have cried out for a spin-off series surrounding the duo for years — and speculation in regards to their super wholly possible (and at times, seemingly inevitable) returns to the series run rampant each and every season. And would you look at that — showrunner Steven Moffat would totally be on board with the two returning: if it makes sense, natch.
Speaking with Zap2it, Moffat explained that “Both River Song and Jack Harkness are massive characters in Doctor Who mythology” and that “it’s never, ever closed off,” but in order for them to come back, it’d have to be for a very good reason. “Their returns would have to be seismic, not routine.”
Of course the argument could be made that, say, finding Gallifrey or understanding the origins of Time Lord’s regeneration abilities (something that certainly seems to be a part of Moffat’s long game this past season and very likely, the next one) would lend itself well to one or both returning.
“It’s all about ‘Do you have a story that’s worth it?'” Moffat stated. “Unless you’ve got a story that is absolutely informed and invigorated by their presence, just bringing a character back in an ordinary story won’t do.”
Well if that’s not a call to all you budding Whovian screenwriters out there, I don’t know what is — start your engines, fan fiction writers!
What sort of story would YOU write to bring about the return of River Song or Captain Jack? Let us hear ’em in the comments.
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