Doctor Who Christmas Episode “The Husbands of River Song”

We’d heard on and off that the Christmas special would be featuring one of Doctor Who‘s most polarizing characters, River Song. We’d suggested with the change in Doctor, for once it would be him chasing after her, rather than the other way round. (Also, for the first time the Doctor will be visually older than River, with an actor who is older than Kingston, which is going to change the dynamic drastically.)

We also have known that every time Moffat has brought River back, he has liked to make her the center of attention, with titles like “The Wedding of River Song.” We also know he likes to make titles that hang together “The Night of the Doctor” “The Day of the Doctor” and “The Time of the Doctor” just to name one set. So is it really all that surprising that River’s return, her first with a brand new Doctor is “The Husbands of River Song.”

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Yes, Husbands. Plural. Did she decide marrying the Doctor wasn’t enough, or something? Or is that just because her husband keeps changing faces?  The synopsis, and a brand new image from the episode is below.


It’s Christmas Day on a remote human colony and the Doctor is hiding from Christmas Carols and Comedy Antlers. But when a crashed spaceship calls upon the Doctor for help, he finds himself recruited into River Song’s squad and hurled into a fast and frantic chase across the galaxy. King Hydroflax (Greg Davies) is furious, and his giant Robot bodyguard is out-of-control and coming for them all! Will Nardole (Matt Lucas) survive? And when will River Song work out who the Doctor is?

All will be revealed on a starliner full of galactic super-villains and a destination the Doctor has been avoiding for a very long time.

A few things of note in the picture above: the sunglasses are gone. Instead there is a brand spanking new sonic screwdriver:


Note hers looks more like the one the Eleventh Doctor carried–and Twelve carried last season. It’s certainly an upgrade from her earlier one. His on the other hand is blue, like the Tenth Doctor’s, but far more decorated. The gold filigree and the ball on the end actually remind me of the Trans-Temporal Sonic Screw driver that came out a couple of years ago.


I mean, it definitely not the same, but when this came out a couple of years back, people wondered if it was a hint for the upcoming 50th anniversary season. It wasn’t at the time, but clearly the designers were thinking in this direction for a while.


2 thoughts

  1. If that’s Alex Kingston, hurrah for her. She defies the demand that an older woman (and younger ones too) become bags of bones. She looks beautiful in her roundness.

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  2. The thing I most loved about this episode is that it had what I’ve been missing through the whole Capaldi era…. Humour! The series has been missing the fun of the earlier doctors, it’s been far too grim and humorless.


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