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First look at River Song and the Doctor together in the Doctor Who Christmas special.

This morning the BBC released the first image of River Song and the Doctor together for this year's Doctor Who Christmas special as the Time Lord's wife encounters a new incarnation of her husband for the first time. And the BBC has released an updated synopsis too...

'It's 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." - BBC

As for those two new intriguing characters? Greg Davies will be playing King Hydroflax, while Matt Lucas will be taking on the role Nardole. It certainly sounds more fun and lighter in tone that the current dark and dramatic series nine fans have been treated to over the last few months, something Steven Moffat said was intentional when talking to Radio Times.

''It's towards the comedy thriller end of the 'Doctor Who' market. It's light, and quite emotional at the end. The big deal is Doctor No 12 encountering River and vice versa. It's strange because they're now, in our human terms, the perfect couple. They're both sexy older people ... Now, yeah, they could actually be married. It works."

Moffat also added that he assumed at the time of working on the Christmas special, that it might be the last episode of Doctor Who he would write as the series' showrunner.

''We've just lost Clara, so I didn't want to go straight into a new companion. I'll be honest, I brought River Song back in because I thought there was a possibility I'd never write it ['Doctor Who'] again so that's be my goodbye. But also, I really fancied it. I hadn't written River for a couple of years and I'd missed her. I thought, given that I'm knackered at the end of a series, what would be a treat for me would be getting Alex Kingston back in to do 'Doctor Who'.''

''It's a great romp for Christmas day but there's not a lot of Christmas in it. It starts with a big bit of Christmas at the beginning and then we ignore it and go off on a chase, really, with Mr. and Mrs. Who. If you're a long-term fan of the show, you might be interested because there's been a lot of talk about the Doctor and River's glory years but we've never seen them. Here at last we see them as Mr. and Mrs. Who at the height of their powers. It's great fun.''

Doctor Who has just two more episodes before it takes a very short 20-day break ahead of the Christmas special. Click on our preview of this Saturday's Heaven Sent here.

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The long-running BBC TV science fiction series that started in 1963 and recently celebrated its 50th Anniversary. 2017 saw Peter Capaldi regenerate into the show's first female Doctor played by Jodie Whittaker. The Thirteenth Doctor's first season debuts in 2018, with Chris Chibnall replacing Steven Moffat as the current showrunner.

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