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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:
... The Doctor
... River Song
... Nardole
... King Hydroflax
... Ramone
... Flemming
... Scratch
Anthony Cozens ... Concierge
Chris Lew Kum Hoi ... Alphonse
Nicolle Smartt ... Receptionist
Liam Cook ... King Hydroflax's Body
... 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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Release Date:

25 December 2015 (USA)  »

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2015 Doctor Who Christmas Special  »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


A variation of The Doctor's Theme is played when River and Ramone discuss the "Damsel in distress". 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 »


The Doctor: I think I'm going to need a bigger flowchart.
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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 »


References Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock (2012) See more »


Doctor Who Theme( Series 8)
Performed by Murray Gold
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The most beautiful episode to date
10 April 2016 | by See all my reviews

I can't get over how great the Husbands of River Song was. The humor was nice, and the beginning was a fun romp; but when it finally got down to business, The Husbands of River Song was one of the most emotional and well made hours of television of the year. I am amazed at how the writers called back to Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead (some of my favorite episodes) 5 series after they aired. Even the music was a throwback to that two parter. Alex Kingston was as always amazing as River Song, and Capaldi gave another stellar performance. The Special Effects were great too, and the music was just beautiful. The ending is the 100% perfect conclusion to the Doctor's and River Song's love story, and it really is emotional. Overall, 10/10. One of the best episodes of series 9

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