Just a little update, here. The BBC – via Blogtor Who – has released two new promo pictures from The Husbands Of River Song, this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special. They may not be hugely different to some other snaps we’ve seen, but we thought you’d like to know. You’ll find them at the front of the snazzy gallery thing above.
PREVIOUSLY (11th December): detailed synopsis materialises
The fine folk at Doctor Who Magazine have released a hefty synopsis for this year’s Christmas special, The Husbands Of River Song, in their latest issue (#494). Here’s the plot summary…
“It’s Christmas Day 5343, on the remote human colony of Mendorax Dellora, and the Doctor is hiding from Christmas carollers and comedy reindeer 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, frantic chase across the galaxy ~ pursued by River’s new husband, his Infinite Majesty King Hydroflax of the Final Cluster. Will any of them make it out alive? And when will River Song work out who the Doctor is? All will be revealed on a starliner full of galactic supervillains, and a destination the Doctor has been avoiding for a very long time…”
DWM also released this short dialogue transcription….
RIVER: “My diary. One should always have something sensational to read on a spaceship.” THE DOCTOR: “Is it sad?” RIVER: “Why would a diary be sad?” THE DOCTOR: “I don’t know. But you look sad.” RIVER: “It’s nearly full.” THE DOCTOR: “So?” RIVER: “The man who gave me this, he was the sort of man who’d know exactly how long a diary you were going to need.” THE DOCTOR: “He sounds awful.”
We’ll bring you more updates on the Christmas special as we hear them.
PREVIOUSLY: Two trailers, lots of images
Following the series 9 finale, Hell Bent, we’ve now got two trailers and lots of images (see the gallery above) for the 2015 Doctor Who Christmas special, The Husbands Of River Song.
Here is the ‘Next Time’ clip…
And here’s the full trailer…
PREVIOUSLY: Matt Lucas and Greg Davies pictures
If you have a little peek into our gallery above, you’ll find the first pictures of Matt Lucas and Greg Davies in this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special, The Husbands Of River Song. Davies plays King Hydroflax, while Lucas’ character is named Nardole.
More on the episode as we hear it.
PREVIOUSLY: Broadcast time, first clip
When he’s not hanging out with Dot Cotton and dispensing poetry about Brussels sprouts, Peter Capaldi is the star of Doctor Who. He’ll appear alongside returning guest star Alex Kingston this Christmas Day, in a special episode called The Husbands Of River Song. We learned today that the episode will air at 5.15pm, and it’ll run for a full hour. Schedule your sofa naps accordingly.
We also caught our first glimpse of footage from the episode, thanks to some blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moments in the BBC One Christmas trailer…
PREVIOUSLY: Title, synopsis, image
Today we’ve got a synopsis, a title and a new image from the 2015 Christmas special. The episode will be called The Husbands Of River Song, and here’s the synopsis…
“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.”
At the start of the gallery above, you’ll find a new picture of Peter Capaldi, Alex Kingston and a robot that looks like Baymax in his battle armour.
More on the episode as we hear it.
PREVIOUSLY: New image of River Song in the Christmas special
We thought you might like to see the new picture of Alex Kingston as River Song in the 2015 Doctor Who Christmas special. You can clap your eyes on it above.
Also confirmed as appearing in the Christmas Day episode are one Matt Lucas and one Greg Davies.
Here’s the synopsis for the episode:
“It’s Christmas Day in the future and the TARDIS is parked on a snowy village street, covered in icicles, awaiting its next adventure. Time traveler River Song meets her husband’s new incarnation, in the form of Peter Capaldi, for the first time this Christmas.”
ORIGINAL STORY: River Song returning for Christmas
The last time we saw River Song, she was uttering her catchphrase ‘spoilers’ towards the end of The Name Of The Doctor – the finale of Matt Smith’s last full series. Clearly, there was a chance that she might one day be back.
Now – she is. Alex Kingston will reprise her sassy space-faring role in this year’s Christmas special, written by Steven Moffat and directed by Douglas Mackinnon (Flatline, Listen, Cold War).
“To be honest, I did not know whether River would ever return to the show, but here she is, back with the Doctor for the Christmas special,” said Alex Kingston in the official press bumf.
“Steven Moffat is on glittering form,” she added, “giving us an episode filled with humour and surprise guest castings. I met Peter for the first time at Monday’s read through, we had a laugh, and I am now excited and ready to start filming with him and the Doctor Who team. Christmas in September?, why not!”
Why not, indeed. Mr Moffat added this statement:
“Another Christmas, another special for Doctor Who – and what could be more special than the return of Alex Kingston as Professor River Song. The last time the Doctor saw her she was a ghost. The first time he met her, she died. So how can he be seeing her again? As ever, with the most complicated relationship in the universe, it’s a matter of time …”
It’ll be a special Christmas for director Douglas Mackinnon as well – he called the shots on the Sherlock Victorian-era special too, which is also expected to fly down our chimneys and onto our television sets on Christmas Day. We imagine there might be a bit of celebratory Bucks Fizz in the Mackinnon househould, then, providing that his episodes don’t prove to be turkies (arf).
Get your answers on the back of a postcard, then – how on Earth (or another planet), will River Song be written back into the show? We look forward to finding out.
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