Doctor Who Spoiler Free Preview For The Husbands Of River Song

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Ah River Song! Some fans love her, some hate her. Me? I'm firmly in the love her category. And that is in no small part down to the unbelievably fun performance from Alex Kingston who is obviously having the time of her life playing this character every time she is on screen. We haven't actually seen the Doctor's wife since the end of Matt Smith's final series back in early 2013 but I've been hoping to watch her at least once more, just so I can get to witness her interact with another Doctor.

In the post-Clara / return of Gallifrey / hybrid drama of series nine, The Husbands Of River Song is the perfect palate cleanser for the end of 2015. It is a fun, action-packed, heartfelt and at times silly episode that is perfect for Christmas. There are no big revelations from River, no huge impacts on the Doctor, just a rip-roaring tale that pays tribute to the timey-wimey relationship that is the Doctor and Miss Song.

You'll be pleased to know that this is a very different dynamic to the one she shared with Matt Smith's Eleventh Doctor. And yet it isn't so different that it feels out of place. That is in no small part down to the idea that for the first time in his history, the Doctor knows who River she and yet she doesn't recognise him. The episode has a lot of fun with the premise, almost to the point you want to shout at her through the television screen but then pulls it back for a fond, endearing look at their relationship. Yes Peter Capaldi and Alex Kingston have great chemistry too, though not in the way you might think.

I won't say more for fear of spoiling all the surprises in store; needless to say The Husbands Of River Song is a lovely addition to the Doctor Who Christmas specials and I for one am thankful for the chance to spend some time with River and the Doctor once more.

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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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