River Song weds. Will honeymoon at Eaton Place


Ok, not really, but it does make good copy for those that follow both Doctor Who and Upstairs Downstairs, doesn’t it?

Attention: Doctor Who final episode spoiler alert! Do not read on if you haven’t seen last episode of Doctor Who.

Even if you haven’t seen it, the episode was, after all, titled, The Wedding of River Song, so I’m not thinking there is much need for a spoiler alert if you mistakenly happen to read on. I won’t take it any further as this is one of those brilliant season finale episodes that says so much more beneath the surface about what’s going to happen in future seasons than usual. Possibly some red herrings out there, but don’t think “…the Fall of the Eleventh” line didn’t go unnoticed to fans worldwide.

Now that Doctor Who has come to a close for the season, Alex Kingston has been added to the cast of the upcoming second season of Upstairs Downstairs, which begins filming this month. Kingston will play Blanche Mottershead, the younger sister of Dame Eileen Atkins’ character Lady Holland. As reported here earlier, Dame Eileen Atkins will not be returning for the second season of newest incarnation of the series that she co-created with fellow actress Jean Marsh some 40+ years ago.

Kingston said, “I simply couldn’t resist the opportunity to get inside the iconic 165 Eaton Place. Commenting on Heidi Thomas’ scripts, she added: “…Heidi really has created a wonderfully, intriguing character in Blanche who will over time reveal some secrets of her own.”

Update: When filming of the second season begins this month, Keeley Hawes, Ed Stoppard and Claire Foy are set to return, but actress Jean Marsh will miss the start of initial filming as she recovers from a minor stroke. The BBC has commented that while scripts are being re-written, they have “something extra special planned for her new storyline” upon her return.

Wishing you a speedy recovery from everyone on this side of the pond. 165 Eaton Place needs you more than ever.