I can’t watch the one with Peter Capaldi, in ‘The Husbands of River Song.’ That last scene was so hard for me to shoot because even though we shoot out of sequence - that scene - they left until the last moment to film. And I, of course, know what’s coming up now that she’s been given her sonic screwdriver, and yet, of course, River doesn’t; she has an inkling, but she doesn’t know.
So I had to work really hard not to cry and I didn’t succeed. We had to do a couple of takes, and I just started bawling! And again I saw Peter, you know he’s tough, he doesn’t show or share those emotions and the last few moments we were filming, I was looking at him and said, 'My God! You’re teary-eyed! Don’t do that, because it will likely be me, too!’
Alex Kingston, on why she can’t watch River Song’s final scene with Peter Capaldi’s Doctor in The Husbands of River Song [x]
On a fairly regular basis, well-known actors come to the station for an interview. Because it’s radio, they’re often dressed down-they’re expecting an audio treatment, not photos (except maybe some fan selfies with my colleagues). Sometimes they politely decline when I ask if I can make a portrait of them. I understand because they’re so dependent on their face and their image for their livelihood. When they have studio shots done, there’s a whole team for makeup and hair, plus an army of people assisting the photog, all trying to make this person look their best. But once in a while, you get someone so unpretentious, they just go for it and trust you.Exhibit A: Alex Kingston. In a t-shirt, no makeup, and her trademark mane of red curls piled on top of her head, she kindly gave me this photo, which shows off her incredible multi-colored eyes framed by those aforementioned locks. Trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, she’s a versatile and hard-working actor active on stage, screen, and television since the early 1980’s, but in Britain and the U.S. She’s most famous for her title roll in The Fortune and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders, as River Song in Dr. Who, and as Elizabeth Corday for 12 seasons of E.R.
After celebrating Xavier’s first time getting the pin that wins a title for The New Day, Big E and Kofi tell Xavier that he’s an inspiration. Then, Xavier talks about how Kofi has been an inspiration for him.
(Big E and Xavier also keep receipts on how many championships Kofi has won in case a dragging needs to happen.)
“I remember when she first played it, in the library episodes, she was much more sort of…emotional, and kind of…heart-on-sleeve. I’d written her quite hard-bitten, because it was the older River, and Alex came in and gave it such heart and compassion. […] What I’ve done over the years is, I’ve carried on writing it that way, I write all the sass, knowing Alex will come in and give it the big eyes, the quivery voice - it’s all out there, every emotion is in that face - and that makes it so much more heart-rending. That sort of feels right to me. That’s who the doctor would fall for…
River is simultaneously badass and sort of a gentle maiden at the same time. There’s a way to play that part that would make her a slightly standard-issue, badass lady version of the doctor, but Alex didn’t go for that. She plays a terribly passionate version of River. I can write it as badass as i like, knowing that Alex will add heart”
Do not fall in love with people like me. I will take you to museums, and parks, and monuments, and kiss you in every beautiful place, so that you can never go back to them without tasting me like blood in your mouth. I will destroy you in the most beautiful way possible.
And when I leave, you will finally understand why storms are named after people. - Caitlyn Siehl, Poet