Hold onto your hats and ready yourself for innuendo galore! Today marks the birthday of two of Doctor’s Who sassiest and sexiest stars.
But when there’s a double entendre… I mean, double celebration like this, where do we begin? Well, ladies first, of course…
Alex Kingston turns 54 today (what’s her secret? “Spoilers!”). She debuted in Steven Moffat’s Series 4 two-parter, Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead. Here, the mysterious archaeologist sacrificed herself to help The Doctor defeat the Vashta Nerada. The last thing we saw was The Tenth Doctor uploading her dying mind to the library database… or so we thought! Fast forward two years into The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone and River Song was back with a bang. After a face-off with the Weeping Angels, she became a recurring character throughout The Eleventh Doctor era. She popped up again in The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang. She was the focal point of Series 6 (Amy and Rory’s daughter! The Doctor’s wife/killer/bespoke psychopath!). Then, she returned again for emotional farewells in The Angels Take Manhattan and The Name of the Doctor. At the time, this seemed to be her final goodbye. But you can’t keep a good girl down! Her surprise appearance alongside Peter Capaldi in The Husbands of River Song was a festive treat for many fans alike. And then, they lived happily ever after on Darillium for 24 years…
But if that’s not enough, The Doctor’s feisty other half appeared in videogame The Eternity Clock. She also received spin-off media like The Legends of River Song book and Big Finish audio adventures. She turns up with even more Doctors (and even more husbands!) than we’ve seen before! River is undoubtedly of the most iconic characters from modern Doctor Who. It certainly won’t be long before fans clamour for even more of Alex Kingston on our screens.
John Barrowman – who turns 50 today – brought sexy back to Doctor Who even earlier, starting in 2005. Handsome time agent Captain Jack Harkness has a decidedly parallel journey to River Song. He also debuted in a Steven Moffat two-parter – The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances. He also then died, in Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways… but then came back to life! The Bad Wolf form of Rose Tyler resurrected him and turned him immortal. Captain Jack triumphantly returned again in the Series 3 finale and the Series 4 finale, bowing out with a cameo in The End of Time, Part Two.
In the interim, Barrowman starred in a darker and more adult Doctor Who spin-off. Torchwood enjoyed a successful run of four series on television between 2006 and 2011. The series now continues with Torchwood audio stories from Big Finish. Barrowman again reprised his role in vocal form for Lego Dimensions’ Doctor Who content. And, while absent on-screen, we’ve recently had knowing references to his character in The Day of the Doctor and The Woman Who Lived. Will we ever see him again? The fan demand is definitely there – only time will tell!
Please join us in sending many happy returns to both Alex and John on their special day. The only thing more exciting than their joint birthday could be a joint comeback in Series 10! We can but dream, but in the meantime… Happy Birthday, sweeties!