Television: ‘Doctor Who’ Christmas Special (2015)

Posted 28 December, 2015 by Lianne in Entertainment / 6 Comments

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Doctor Who: The Husbands of River Song (2015)

It is Christmas Day on a remote human colony, and the Doctor is hiding from Christmas carols and comedy antlers. But when a crashed spaceship calls upon the Doctor for help, he finds himself recruited into River Song’s squad and hurled into a fast and frantic chase across the galaxy. King Hydroflax is furious, and his giant robot bodyguard is out of control and coming for them all! Will Nardole survive? And when will River Song work out who the Doctor is?

All will be revealed on a starliner full of galactic super-villains and a destination the Doctor has been avoiding for a very long time.


It’s Christmas time and you know what that means…Christmas specials! 😀 I honestly had a lot of reservations coming into this Doctor Who Christmas special, but watching the trailer, it looked promising…and a lot of fun 😛

It is with a heavy heart that I say this but…


I rather enjoyed this Christmas special. lol. Dramatics, I know, but suffice to say after the fiasco that was the series 9 finale (review), Moffat has cautiously returned to my semi-good books (operative word here being cautiously). It was fun enough for a Christmas special and to forget “Hell Bent” almost altogether, with Peter Capaldi’s Doctor back at full form with his quips, arms crossed (lmao, his expressions were priceless), and his over-the-top moments (omg, he really went for it in this episode, didn’t he? I wasn’t sure whether to laugh or cringe or both but it was interesting to see him in those situations (namely, the “Omg it’s bigger on the inside! My entire universe has been turned upside down!” lmao Doctor 😛 ). But namely it was very nice to see this Doctor smile and laugh again after the last few episodes of series 9.

Also, awww that the TARDIS was trying to cheer him up by putting antlers on his head xD True OTP.

I’ve been a little wary of River Song’s storyline since series 6 and the reveal about her character’s back story; I much enjoyed her when we didn’t know who she was and why she became the Doctor’s wife and when she was tough and sassy and kicking butt so it was really nice to see her in that form again. I was a little confused about what she was up to exactly during this time–I thought she was strictly doing archaeology and no more shadier stuff on the side prior to her first appearance in David Tennant’s era–but her chemistry with Peter Capaldi’s Doctor was great and it was interesting to see the tables turned and have the Doctor follow along without her really getting the hint that the Doctor is standing right in front of her (lmao, nice move with the photos of all his previous regenerations. Also, lmao his initial reaction and his whole “So this is what you do when I’m not around”).

The story itself was interesting, I wish it was a little more festive outside of the decor and the date, but the caper was fun. King Hydroflax was rather one-note but he was hilarious with his endless spewing of revenge and anger, and his robotic body was quite menacing. And then of course it took a sombre turn when the long outstanding plot point about them visitng the singing towers emerges and you realise that this is more or less the last time that River and the Doctor are meeting before she goes off to the library and meets the 10th Doctor–which in that case, dammit Moffat, don’t touch this storyline after that! It comes full circle, it’s pretty satisfactory, and I love that bittersweet moment where they have one night…one night spanning 24 years. A fitting end to this storyline.

Oh, and the music in this episode is absolutely on point. I’d have to re-watch the episode again or something but I swear I heard some theme songs that emerged in earlier seasons as well as a variation of the Amy Pond theme song?

So yeah, I enjoyed “The Husbands of River Song” a lot more than I thought I would. It was fun, it was funny, the Doctor I love is back in full form, as was River Song. If there were any quibbles, I wish it was a bit more Christmas-y, but all in all I’m on better footing with the show again. We’ll see where series 10 goes and who the new assistant will be and while I’m still on the whole rather wary about what’s ahead, I’m also looking forward to seeing Peter Capaldi’s Doctor again next year. And on a final note, one wish I have for series 10: a proper time travel episode sans aliens involved? 🙂

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6 Responses to “Television: ‘Doctor Who’ Christmas Special (2015)”

  1. I watched this by accident (well, I was sitting on the couch when it came on and didn’t move, so…) and I must say I rather enjoyed it too! I’ve not watched a lot of Doctor Who since Ten (I think I watched about half of Eleven’s first series and was done) but have seen a few random episodes of this latest season which have been a bit fun. Although I heard a rumour today that he’s thinking about leaving after season 10?! Not sure how accurate that is.

    His reaction to the inside of the TARDIS did make me laugh (but I still sort of wished Tennant had got to do it, he would have done it with such enthusiasm 😛 ) I really am just so bias, pfft. I think I’m going to have to catch up!

  2. I really enjoyed this episode too! It was refreshing after that damn Hell Bent episode. I was a bit confused as to River’s Timeline here as well…and as to WHY she just couldn’t clue in that The Doctor was right by her side throughout here but nonetheless I enjoyed their banter, seeing them together again – especially with Capaldi’s Doctor! His dramatic take on the whole Bigger on the Inside thing was a little over the top but it was excellent and hilarious all the same 😀 Hopefully series 10 will be a good one for us!! Great recap Lianne ♥

  3. I did enjoy the Doctor’s reaction to the TARDIS. I forgot to add that to my review!

    I also hope this is the last of River Song. She’s my least favorite character but for some reason the most reoccurring! Bring back Martha!

  4. I totally agree with your review, I really liked this episode as well! It was fun and light and still managed to show character development and have poignant moments. I really liked the chemistry between Peter and Alex, dare I say it was better than between Matt and Alex?

  5. Sometimes I watch these trailers and I try to see them through the lens of someone who’s never seen an episode of Doctor Who… Dear lord, outsiders probably think we’re all druggies.

  6. Anna

    I love Peter Capaldi as the Doctor! The three part series 9 finale was very serious and sad, and it was great! Best episodes of the last couple series! This episode looks like such a change of tone, much more upbeat and fun and I think that will be great too! The great thing about Peter and Matt and David and Chris is how they can be so much fun and have a really good time and be really funny, but they can also be really dark and scary and sad. All fantastic actors! I’m sure the classic Doctors are the same way but I haven’t seen enough of the classics to comment.
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