Doctor Who: The Husbands of River Song (2015 Christmas Special) (2015)


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Critic Consensus: With "The Husbands of River Song," Doctor Who delivers a Christmas special that perfectly balances silliness and heart.

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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. -- (C) BBCA

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This year, instead of giving us a Christmas-themed story, the writers instead decided to give us all a Christmas present: the missing final chapter in the love story of the Doctor and River.

December 27, 2015 | Full Review…
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Conviviality served to represent something of a new start for the Doctor -- a chance to wash away the gloom of series (season) nine... and have a well-deserved laugh.

December 28, 2015 | Full Review…

Really, though, the strength in this episode was in the interplay between Peter Capaldi and Alex Kingston.

November 12, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Additionally, in one fell swoop, that final scene gave the viewers something we honestly never thought we'd see or even thought we should ask for: a true marriage between the Doctor and River.

June 19, 2018 | Full Review…

'The Husbands Of River Song' acts as a fitting coda to the Doctor and River's relationship while still giving hope that this isn't the last we'll see of her.

January 4, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The Husbands of River Song, contrary to its predecessors, actually carries all the hallmarks of being a substantial installment, rather than a bit of festive fluff.

December 31, 2015 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

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