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The Husbands of River Song 

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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.

Director:

Douglas Mackinnon

Writers:

Steven Moffat, Toby Whithouse (characters: "Kahler")
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Peter Capaldi ... The Doctor
Alex Kingston ... River Song
Matt Lucas ... Nardole
Greg Davies ... King Hydroflax
Phillip Rhys ... Ramone
Rowan Polonski ... Flemming
Robert Curtis ... Scratch
Anthony Cozens Anthony Cozens ... Concierge
Chris Lew Kum Hoi ... Alphonse
Nicolle Smartt Nicolle Smartt ... Receptionist
Liam Cook Liam Cook ... King Hydroflax's Body
Nonso Anozie ... Hydroflax (voice)
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Storyline

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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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Nardole: We weren't sure where you'd come down.
The Doctor: Sorry?
Nardole: In your capsule.
The Doctor: 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.
Nardole: Piano?
The Doctor: It's been a long day.
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

References Doctor Who: Flesh and Stone (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Doctor Who Theme( Series 8)
(uncredited)
Performed by Murray Gold
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The funniest DW episode in a long time
2 March 2019 | by GelaosSee all my reviews

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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Husbands of River Song See more »

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BBC Cymru Wales See more »
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DTS (DTS HD MASTER AUDIO 5.1 Mix)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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