The Doctor to grieve for wife

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 6 September 2010
Doctor Who star Alex Kingston

Doctor Who star Alex Kingston

The Doctor will be reunited with his ''wife'' River Song in 'Doctor Who' next year - before she is killed off in a dramatic episode

The Doctor will be reunited with his "wife" in 'Doctor Who' next year - before she is killed off.

River Song - played by Alex Kingston, 47 - was a hit with fans when she first appeared on the BBC show two years ago, and is set to return to the sci-fi series to spend time with her time-travelling spouse before meeting her fate.

A source told the Daily Star newspaper: "It's River Song who's for the axe."

River was last seen helping the Time Lord - then David Tennant, 39 - fight alien Vashta Nerada before stunning viewers by admitting she is his wife in the future.

At the time the feisty character claimed she would return, saying: "Then you will learn the truth about me and everything will change."

She has since re-appeared on the sci-fi series assisting the new Doctor, played by Matt Smith, fight a string of baddies including Daleks and Cybermen.

It had been rumoured that The Doctor's new sidekick Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) was to be killed off during next year's show, but sources claim it River is facing the chop instead.

A source said: "It's news to us. As far as we're concerned she is set to star in all 13 episodes."

It has also been revealed that next year's BBC One series will be split into six episodes in the spring and a final seven in the autumn.