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...
Steven Moffat intended for a while to have this be his last episode before passing the show to a new runner, hence his using it to finally tie off his very first original plot thread. Then he decided at the last minute to stay a while longer. 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 »
We weren't sure where you'd come down.
In your capsule.
I'm never sure. I don't like being sure about things. One minute you're sure, the next everybody turns into lizards and a piano falls on you.
It's been a long day.
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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)
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The funniest DW episode in a long time
I never liked River Song much but the relationship between her and Doctor is absolutetly splendid in this episode. Its carefree atmosphere is refreshing after dense 9th season. And Nardole is a great sidekick.
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