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The Husbands of River Song 

When a crashed spaceship calls upon the Doctor for help, he finds himself recruited into River Song's squad and hurled into a chase across the galaxy.



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Episode cast overview:
Anthony Cozens ...
Chris Lew Kum Hoi ...
Nicolle Smartt ...
Liam Cook ...
Hydroflax (voice)


It's Christmas Day on a remote human colony, and the Doctor is hiding from carols and comedy antlers. But when the Time Lord's help is requested, 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 work out who the Doctor is? All will be revealed on a starliner full of galactic super-villains and at a destination the Doctor has been avoiding for a very long time...

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Gary Russell previously attempted to have the Twelfth Doctor and River meet in his novel Big Bang Generation, but as Steven Moffat set this special up to be the Twelfth Doctor's first, last and only meeting with River before she sacrificed her physical body, Russell chose to replace River with Bernice Summerfield in the story. See more »


River Song: You are surrounded by warrior monks with sentient laser swords, genetically engineered anger problems and not enough to do. Best just stay still and keep your hands by your side.
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References Doctor Who: The Time of Angels (2010) See more »


Doctor Who Theme( Series 8)
Performed by Murray Gold
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One more Song
8 January 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Well I suppose Christmas is a time for remembering absent friends and getting all nostalgic, so given that the Doc is currently companion-less, it must have seemed like a good idea to bring back someone from his past. However having largely used up that cache in the 50th anniversary special with guest appearances by a previous Doctor and Rose, from the recent past, Steven Moffat decided to revive the character of River Song. Unfortunately she is one of my least favourite characters of the last ten years and I didn't warm to her any the more in this seasonal special.

Besides which, we get the becoming-traditional guest-appearances by modern day comedians, on this occasion Matt Lucas and Greg Davies but in truth they added little to the story and their parts could have been played by anyone.

I found I just couldn't get involved with the plot, the situation the Doctor and Song found themselves in lacked any edge or sense of danger while the moral decision made to sacrifice the lives of the cruise-ship, all of whom are genocidal terrorists, still seems like a grey area morally.

In its favour Capaldi was again excellent in the title part but it's strange writing this review a couple of days after I watched it that so little of the story is coming back to me.

It had its odd moments of excitement and humour, but overall, this episode, when compared to Moffat and Gatiss's marvellous Christmas special for "Sherlock" failed to rise to the occasion.

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