At the time of writing this, December has only just begun but that doesn’t stop anyone from getting in the Christmas spirit already. One of the highlights of the festive season is always the holiday specials from our favorite shows, and Doctor Who is no exception.
Of course, the Doctor Who Christmas specials are always a great romp and for a lot of people, an integral part of their family Christmas. This year’s episode looks to be a great one too; with the return of Alex Kingston as River Song and showrunner Steven Moffat promising that we will be seeing “Mr and Mrs Who at the height of their powers.”
The official synopsis has already been released, and Moffat has also spoken more about where the episode falls within River Song’s timeline. Now, via the official Doctor Who Twitter account, the BBC has released the official poster for the special, along with its title: ‘The Husbands of River Song'. Check out the one-sheet, below:
There are many possibilities thrown up with the title reveal; it could just be a reference to the many faces of the Doctor, but it's even also possible River will be married to someone else, when we see her again. It’s already been revealed that she will not be familiar with the Peter Capaldi incarnation of the Doctor, so it’s also fair to assume that the revelation that they are man and wife might come as a bit of a shock to her - hopefully giving Kingston and Capaldi a great chance to show off their comedy skills.
Moffat has stated that ‘The Husbands of River Song’ only has a ‘big bit of Christmas at the beginning’ before we follow the Doctor and his wife on a ‘frantic chase across the galaxy’ with an ‘out of control Robot bodyguard.’ Presumably this is the big red guy pictured above. We also know that British comedians Greg Davies (Cuckoo) and Matt Lucas (Little Britain) join the cast as King Hydroflax and Nardole, respectively.
This Saturday, December 5th, sees the Doctor Who season nine finale gracing our screens, following the dramatic conclusion to the episode 'Heaven Sent'. ‘Hell Bent’ promises a dramatic conclusion to a season which many are saying has been one of the strongest seasons the modern incarnation of the show has had.
Certainly Capaldi as the twelfth Doctor has found his stride and delivered a top-notch performance throughout, while this season has been darker and more dramatic than other recent seasons - reaching its climax with the death of Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman). The gloomy shadow this has cast over the proceedings, which will no doubt continue until the finale end, makes the prospect of a lighter, more fun Christmas special rather enticing.
Doctor Who season 9 concludes with ‘Hell Bent’ this Saturday, December 5th on BBC1 and BBC America. The Doctor Who Christmas Special, ‘The Husbands of River Song’ will air at 5:15pm on Christmas Day on BBC1 in the U.K.
Source: BBC America