Whatever. Alex can do whatever she likes.
“Nothing is ever forgotten, not completely. And if something can be remembered, it can come back.”
Alex’s reactions are priceless.
“You call that flying the TARDIS? Ha!”
Doctor Who’s River Song, actress Alex Kingston, joins the US superhero saga Arrow, playing Dinah Lance – the estranged mother of Laurel and ex-wife of Detective Quentin. And she’s certain their daughter, Sara, is still alive!
You’re playing Dinah Lance, who in the comic books Arrow is based on an alias for Black Canary.
Is your character going to follow that route?
That I can’t tell you! What I can say is she’s very much a blue-collar wife. If anything else is going to be revealed, I can’t discuss that now. But certainly she’s not some kind of exotic gun-slinging adventuress.
You’re based in America, how often do you get back to the UK?
I come back to work on Doctor Who or any other British-based products. I also try to come in the summer for a holiday and bring my daughter [Salome] so she can reconnect with her grandparents, cousins and everything. So I’m in the UK quite a lot actually.
You seem to have dual careers here and in the States. It must have been something you didn’t realise would happen to you.
Well, I never imagined I would have a career in the States, to be totally honest. But I certainly never expected to be doing this big of a commute, that’s for sure! That’s what it is. If one has any sort of a career that’s kind of artistic and requires you to go wherever the work is – because it’s either that or nothing – then one has to make that commitment really, even though sometimes it’s inconvenient.
We know John Barrowman was actively courted for Arrow, because one of the producers is a Doctor Who fan. Was that the same for you?
Yes! Quite a few of the producers and writers are big Doctor Who fans. It’s very interesting because I’ve never really ventured into the sci-fi fold, in terms of television programming and what I have learnt along the way is that sci-fi fans are unbelievably loyal to the genre. I’ve sort of known John socially over the years and it was great – the last episode I was in, he was also in and we were both there at the table read. It was so exciting to see him and he just said, ‘Oh my God! You have no idea, Twitter is going berserk because the two of us are on the same show together!’
In Doctor Who you didn’t appear on the screen at all with John, did you?
No, although I wish I had! I think the characters of River Song and Captain Jack would have had a blast together! I would love it if Steven Moffat were able in some way, shape or form to do an episode where those two characters join the Doctor. I think that would be great fun!
Graham Kibble-White [X]
And I’ll defend it long as I can be left here to linger in silence
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