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What Did You Think of The Husbands of River Song ?

Now that the 2015 Christmas Special The Husbands of River Song has aired what did you think? Was it everything you had hoped for or not what you expected….

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 (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 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.



  • Obsie

    December 27th, 2015 - 10:37am

    Didn’t like at all, River seemed out of place and less sparky than before. The story was far too silly even for a Christmas special. So far it holds 1st place in worst of the specials, Too talky and the music itself drowned out what was being said most of the time.

  • JasonisnotaRobot

    December 26th, 2015 - 4:25pm

    It was good. It was just some fun for Christmas and it I feel like it was a nice bookend for Rivers story if Steven doesn’t want to bring her back.

  • Monica

    December 26th, 2015 - 4:01pm

    Loved it! And the fact that River had photos of all the Doctor’s faces was referenced in Tine of the Angels when she said “I’ve got pictures of all your faces. You never show up in the right order, though. I need the spotter’s guide.” So Moffat’s references are solid. They just take a while to solidify sometimes. I do wish the Sonic trowel had shown up before!

    • starshipalaska

      December 26th, 2015 - 6:32pm

      OK, but when she says “You never show up in the right order” does that not suggest that she had meetings with them and they didn’t know her? So why is it so important that Tennant doesn’t know her yet when she’s probably already had that experience with plenty of other early doctors? And indeed why doesn’t Tennant remember her if he met her in his classic incarnations? Maybe it wasn’t actual meetings between River and the Classic Doctors but she really was just ‘spotting’ him?

    • Monica

      December 26th, 2015 - 8:05pm

      It just means she has pictures of him, Moffat never said she met the Doctor before 10.

    • Hazumu

      December 26th, 2015 - 9:03pm

      If you consider the Big Finish stories canon, she meets up with the 8th Doctor in ‘The Diaries of River Song’ and the forthcoming ‘Doom Coalition’ part 2… So who knows with the others.

    • A

      December 28th, 2015 - 4:52pm

      Of course, if River is regularly stealing the Tardis from whichever Doctor is closest in time & space, she would need to know which one to avoid.

  • amy pond fan

    December 26th, 2015 - 3:42pm

    not impressed.. for me it made her relationship with the 11th a fake one, while he was with rory and amy she was marrying diamonds and kissing others for the sake of money…

    • Anonymous

      December 31st, 2015 - 1:34pm

      Yeah, but let’s face it, he only married her to save the universe!

  • A

    December 26th, 2015 - 2:59pm

    Given the nature of their timelines & the time she had left, River would not have told the whole story (spoilers) in the forest of the dead. She gave him enough hints to know when he would see her last.
    As for the War Doctor, she’s his wife. Who knows what they did or said on all those trips when she was in prison? I imagine she knows quite a lot about him. There must have been some quiet time when all they did was chat.
    I do agree there’s a problem with her meeting earlier Doctors than the 10th, yet just because she has pictures doesn’t mean she’s met them all. Maybe there’ll be a good explaination when she meets the 8th. Memories can be wiped.
    I think the Daleks rediscovered the Doctor when they took over the church in the time of the doctor, but I may have mis-remembered that.

    • A

      December 28th, 2015 - 4:31pm

      Internet nightmare! This is a reply to starshipalaska below. Oops.


    December 26th, 2015 - 2:04pm

    I actually really enjoyed that! The plot could’ve been better, but it was worth it for tying up loose ends and having special River moments

  • CG

    December 26th, 2015 - 12:40pm

    I loved it! I liked the emotional moments between River and Capaldi so loved the episode. I really wanted to see the Singing Towers so appreciated a nice happy ending to River’s storyline. I feel as though if she were to come back it would be great but if not, it was a very happy, suitable ending to a superb character. I was just about crying when I saw the boxed sonic screwdriver.

    • Geoff

      December 27th, 2015 - 7:47pm

      Me too

  • I Stole A TARDIS

    December 26th, 2015 - 12:24pm

    I really didn’t like it, Capaldi was fantastic, but the plot was alright, I didn’t like the dynamic between the 12th Doctor and River. Then again, no Christmas will ever beat Voyage Of The Dammed for me

  • doctor no more

    December 26th, 2015 - 12:11pm

    river had just been to manhatton so she would have been expecting the 11th doctor presumably so why didn’t this get referenced.would have been nice to have paid tribute to the 11th doctor.

    • Anonymous

      December 27th, 2015 - 4:53pm

      Their both time travellers, they can never be sure they’ll meet in the right order

  • AlphaOmega

    December 26th, 2015 - 12:05pm

    You lot don’t honestly expect a Christmas Special to be complete serious doom and gloom do you? It’s supposed to be silly, un-serious and funny.

    I loved it! It was a fun romp with a touching ending – and a nice little teaser for those of us about to listen to the Diary of River Song 😀

  • The Moffat Paradox

    December 26th, 2015 - 11:52am

    The best Doctor Who Christmas specials are in my book ones like The Christmas Invasion, The Runaway Bride, The Next Doctor, The Snowmen, The Time Of The Doctor and even Last Christmas with it’s dream crabs. Why? Because I think they better mix the Christmas theme with a more effectively action packed story without being too Christmassy, schmaltzy and silly.

    This met my expectations which for this years special weren’t that high to begin with.

    • Anonymous

      December 26th, 2015 - 10:35pm

      Same. After crying my eyes out upon seeing Clara and the doctor literally fly to opposite ends of the universe, there wasn’t any hype to get me excited for Christmas anyway.

  • starshipalaska

    December 26th, 2015 - 11:17am

    Great episode, but it bugs me that Moffatt is so lazy with continuity. He forgets references he made in his own episodes!
    Like the Daleks forgetting the Doctor in Asylum of the Daleks and then its as if it never happened in their subsequent meetings.
    Or the way that in this episode River had a picture of the War Doctor even though he’s meant to be uber-secret.
    Or even the fact that she had pictures of the previous Doctors, which would imply meeting a few of them (in fact we know that she meets 8 in Big Finish) so why is it such a big deal when she meets 10 in Silence in the Library and she complains about how “he hasn’t met her yet” and she’s been waiting for this day.
    In fact, in The Impossible Astronaut she told Rory that she and the Doctor were travelling in reverse directions but if you look at the episodes since that one came out it hasn’t turned out like that really, only vaguely at some points.
    In Forest of the Dead she said that the Doctor ‘showed up on her doorstep’ with a new haircut and a suit and took her to see Darillium. Didn’t quite turn out like that. So why did she say it that way? Its those kind of details that irritate me because Moffat is really clever but if he’s going to attempt complex stories he should be careful to join the dots as he’s written them.
    I say again, loved the episode!

  • doctor no more

    December 26th, 2015 - 11:09am

    better than last year,just,only because alex was back to tell her possibly final story.sadly all of the chemistry that she had with matt’s doctor is dead and buried when matt left and it hasn’t made it through to capaldi’s doctor.moffet could have done so much with this episode but probably to busy thinking about Sherlock!.cant believe the same cheap set was used again from face to raven ! rubbish !.not the worst special of all time but not very good.another star liner crash? is this the third now in xmas specials? bring back murray gold the music isn’t working either.

    • The Livin’ Shadow

      December 26th, 2015 - 6:50pm

      I thought Murray Gold did do the music, didn’t he?

    • starshipalaska

      December 26th, 2015 - 7:39pm

      Murray Gold is certainly still around!

    • Anonymous

      December 27th, 2015 - 1:20am

      Murray is still the composer, he’s amazing!

    • doctor no more

      December 28th, 2015 - 1:44pm

      check the end credits it says the music’s done and mixed by either 2 or 3 different people now and as the credit’s move on murray gold is mentioned but I think it means just the title can tell it’s not the same anymore.

  • 47

    December 26th, 2015 - 10:13am

    “___________” Oh dear, what can I say ? Dreadful. Crass, tasteless, boring and so forth and so on. Why did they even bother to serve up this drivel ? What an opportunity the Christmas Special is to do Doctor Who at its’ best, instead we get this……oh well, I won’t lose any sleep over it, and at least it was better than the usual embarrassment of the majority of Moffat era specials…..but that aint saying much 1/10. Poor.

  • Malcolm Cook

    December 26th, 2015 - 3:32am

    Time for Capaldi to go!
    I don’t even want to watch Dr Who anymore!
    This was a Christmas Special! What was special about it? Nothing
    The feel good factor has gone, I don’t really care if Dr Who dies anymore!
    Rejuvenate or Die!
    The actual episode was average at best, but Capaldi is like a Killjoy!
    Obviously I may seem biased, but I have tried, but refuse to watch anymore, Matt Smith reruns are the only thing in my future, unless surgery is done and done quick!

    • Haley

      December 26th, 2015 - 4:21am

      U mean REGENERATE? The Doctor is the doctor, the actor doesnt matter. If you were a true fan you would love the doctor no matter what. I’m not a huge fan of Capaldi but I still admire him for working so hard to keep this show alive and living his childhood dream.

    • Haley

      December 26th, 2015 - 4:22am

      Well the actor does matter. But what I’m saying is that the Doctor is the Doctor and he is one man

    • MC

      December 26th, 2015 - 10:35am

      No I really meant Rejuvenate, it’s a psychic slip from Regenerate!

    • Simon W

      December 26th, 2015 - 11:00am

      I agree with you Haley. I am a big fan of the Doctor and will watch it till my dyeing day It was a lighter tone episode than last years I loved it

    • doctor no more

      December 26th, 2015 - 11:19am

      good comments,even fans of doctor who must realise the writings getting very poor and this doctors got no charisma, sadly we goin back to the late 80s when it was dire.

    • The Livin’ Shadow

      December 26th, 2015 - 6:52pm

      I thought Capaldi was fun in this episode, like when he was laughing about the head in the bag, or when he was pretending to be amazed by the Tardis!

    • MC

      December 26th, 2015 - 8:55pm

      That’s what I mean, he was trying to be fun! Comedy acting is the most difficult skill and he doesn’t have it!
      Capaldi is very good at drama and tragedy, if that is what the doctor has become, almost one dimensional, then so be it!

  • Alex Who?

    December 26th, 2015 - 3:26am

    A lighter tone than last year’s Last Christmas but at the same time sad and bitter-sweet.

    I enjoyed it and I hope everyone else did too!

  • The Film Guy

    December 25th, 2015 - 11:49pm

    Got to be honest I really enjoyed it. It was a bit silly in places but it made for an all round light hearted Christmas episode, whilst still having a good story at heart. But no all in all it was really good in my opinion

  • Simon

    December 25th, 2015 - 9:38pm

    Its a shame they didnt disguise the street from face the raven a bit better. They just slapped on fake snow and hoped we wouldnt notice. Even my 3 year old son noticed by saying that where clara died daddy! Apart from that i really enjoyed it.

    • Anonymous

      December 26th, 2015 - 10:40pm

      Ikr. I hate it when Doctor Who never makes an effort to hide those things that they hope people will overlook. It’s acc been done before. For example:

      1) the garden Amy walks into in the girl who waited is the same garden missy used as “paradise”

      2) the exterior of the library in forest of the dead/silence in the library two parter is the same building as the hospital Rory worked in.

      3) the street Amy and Rory lived on is the same one rose’s dad got killed on

      4) Clara lived in the same estate as rose did

      Geez, the Who production team could try a little harder.

  • A

    December 25th, 2015 - 9:34pm

    Fave Christmas episode ever. A bit silly in places but that’s fine. Desparately sad in others. The Doctor spent most of the time being disgruntled by River’s behaviour only to discover she thought the relationship rather one sided. I guess emo 11th didn’t convince her but it seems reserved Doctor 12 may have.
    The familiar “hello sweetie” & “spoilers” were well used I thought. And I just knew the referance to a new hair cut & suit at the singing towers was about a new regeneration.
    All in all a great end to the story of River Song. While carefully done retro stories with past Doctors are always possible (Big Finish, novels, etc), I don’t think there should be any future appearances on screen (except maybe flashbacks) as she only found out about the Doctor’s new regenerations on the last (24 year) night before the Library. G’bye to River, Alex Kingston and a great & convoluted timeline.
    Now then, how long ’til the start of series 10?

    • Anonymous

      December 26th, 2015 - 10:41pm

      My heart still lies with Last Christmas (no pun intended). This Christmas special has just made me even sadder about the fact that the doctor can no longer remember his impossible girl

    • A

      December 28th, 2015 - 4:46pm

      The biggest problem I have with Last Christmas is the whole it’s a dream thing. I think I’ll scream if there’s ever a Dallasesque moment wiping out the intervening story.

  • Chris

    December 25th, 2015 - 9:13pm

    Where is the doctor who energy gone from all the episodes? No gripping music. Silly sonic specs. The doctor has been lost the question is who did it? Reverse the doctor’s regeneration and run back through to Matt Smith.

    • The Living Shadow

      December 25th, 2015 - 11:39pm

      No. Going back would be stupid. Matt was amazing but his story as the Doctor is over. Capaldi is wonderful as the Doctor! I wish people would stop dwelling on their nostalgia and realise that Doctor Who isn’t going downhill.

    • doctor no more

      December 26th, 2015 - 11:51am

      goin back can be done,why not?rivers bumping into doctors in the wrong order! why cant we have a story arc where we have a different doctor in individual episodes if the storys right.this would be fantastic

    • The Livin’ Shadow

      December 26th, 2015 - 7:02pm

      That would be quite cool, or even if we had a spin-off of past Doctors! …but I bet people would hate it! It would be a different format to how the show has been, and you know how some fans can get when even little changes happen..! I

      think the Doctor regenerating backwards would be stupid. Maybe for a fan-service minisode or something, but apart from that it’d ruin the flow of the show, and it’s themes of change.

    • The Werewolf

      December 26th, 2015 - 11:55pm

      Matt Smith was absolutely the worst of all the Doctors. I don’t want him back for even a second. Eccleston on the other hand, well, he was simply perfect.

  • ThemadDalek

    December 25th, 2015 - 8:40pm

    Please, please, please Mr Moffat……
    Resign and give someone else to write the series, like a talented writer that cares
    about DW…
    This may be the last of DW i ‘ll see if this is the sort of silly nonsense that passes for entertainment

    • The Livin’ Shadow

      December 25th, 2015 - 9:44pm

      It’s only a Christmas episode, they’re always not to be taken too seriously!

    • princebenjibella

      December 25th, 2015 - 10:39pm

      Here Here. With every episode Moffat seems to be picking apart the legacy of Doctor Who. He spends so much time contriving ridiculous story arcs, he has forgotten that it is meant to be fun,scary and exciting. If he stays, i honestly think Doctor Who is in trouble,AGAIN.

    • Simon W

      December 25th, 2015 - 10:56pm

      I think Russell T Davis should come back and do a couple of stories.

    • Doctor Stu

      December 26th, 2015 - 12:56am

      Steven moffatt keeps saying he’s always inviting Davies back to write an episode but he keeps refusing

  • Thewhoman

    December 25th, 2015 - 7:48pm

    HEAD IN THE BAG NOW. I wish i had a bag to put my head in! Hated it!

  • The Living Shadow

    December 25th, 2015 - 7:41pm

    What a fun and sweet episode! I really enjoyed it!

  • Anonymous

    December 25th, 2015 - 6:57pm

    Best Christmas episode ever! What was there not to like? It was brilliant, loved the ending of River Song.

  • Simon W

    December 25th, 2015 - 6:48pm

    So is this the last we will see of River Song in Dr Who? or not?

    • the astronaut of death

      December 25th, 2015 - 6:55pm

      you never know. With both Doctor Who and Steven Moffat anything can happen.

  • 12th Doctor Fan

    December 25th, 2015 - 6:42pm

    Loved Peter, ok plot,

  • The super whovian

    December 25th, 2015 - 6:42pm

    I thought this episode was really good. The characters were interesting and the story was crazy but entertaining. The episode was a bit ridicules but ridicules in a good way so it a fun story which was not too silly. The scene were the man split his face in half was very disturbing (especially after eating a slice of cake) the idea of the market was a good idea. The ending was a little cheesy but it wouldn’t be Christmas if the episode didn’t have a happy ending and the doctor and river have a good happy ending.

    So I thought this episode was a fun Christmas special and I think it will be remembered as “that decent fun Christmas episode” or “the one were a robot took peoples heads”

  • WFK DVD Collector 15

    December 25th, 2015 - 6:20pm

    The best part of the episode was when the Doctor gave River her Sonic Screwdriver. Overall, the rest was slightly below average, but better then last year.

    Also, Merry Christmas to everyone, hope you all had a wonderful day! 🙂

  • Michael

    December 25th, 2015 - 6:18pm

    Very good episode, Fantastic episode.

    • Anonymous

      December 26th, 2015 - 12:05am

      The feels were abundant but I really miss Clara
      He can’t remember her which means he doesn’t even miss her

  • ianzygon

    December 25th, 2015 - 6:17pm

    Nice to see river again a ok special bit silly. But it s christmas.


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