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...
Various references to River Song's past with the Doctor are scattered about. Amongst them are her blue 'call box' diary. See more »
In her first appearance in the series, River questions the Tenth Doctor about the crash of the Byzantium, an adventure she shared with the Eleventh Doctor. While this makes sense if she is mistaking the Tenth Doctor for a Twelfth or later incarnation, her photo collection in this story has all of the prior Doctors in chronological order. This, coupled with her insistence that the photos are the only incarnations of the Doctor, implies that she does know the correct order, and therefore would also know that the Tenth Doctor would have no memory of the Byzantium. See more »
Changes to the opening credits were made for this Christmas time episode. There are added snowstorm effects that the Tardis flies through and in addition the circling 'planets' (visible just after the Alex Kingston credit) are in fact Christmas ornaments. See more »
Doctor Who Theme( Series 8)
Performed by Murray Gold See more »
Perfect For A Christmas Day
Doctor Who (Peter Capaldi) and the lovable lady called River Song team up.
This episode is the perfect example of why Capaldi is better than all other Doctor Who actors before him. In a nutshell: I watched this episode last night and now all I remember is the wonderful comedy of it all (between Capaldi and River Song).
All I remember about the plot was that big red thing that looked like the Robinson robot in the Lost In Space movie of 1998. Everything else was comedy, comedy and it was very funny!
If the previous Doctor Who actors tried to do a show like this the hour they would not have been as effective. Only Capaldi could pull this off so well. I am not saying the other Who actors were unfunny, just that their humour could never carry a whole episode like this.
So this hour is perfectly matched to a bright Christmas Day, it is highly recommended!
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