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


The Husbands of River Song (2015 Christmas Special)
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With "The Husbands of River Song," Doctor Who delivers a Christmas special that perfectly balances silliness and heart.



Critic Ratings: 19

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Air date: Dec 25, 2015

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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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Critic Reviews for Doctor Who The Husbands of River Song (2015 Christmas Special)

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (6)

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.

Dec 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.

Dec 28, 2015 | Full Review…

This story is pure sentimentality, and I mean that as a compliment. It's about who we love and how we love them and why we need people and when.

Jan 8, 2019 | Full Review…

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

Nov 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.

Jun 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.

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

The entire affair felt a delightfully fun romp with some lovely emotional resonance in the third act. It's Christmas. It's Doctor Who. What more do you need?

Nov 9, 2018 | 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.

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

"The Husbands of River Song" dumbed River down because the story needed her to be ignorant, something that doesn't line up with the woman we know.

Dec 30, 2015 | Full Review…

If "The Husbands of River Song" is less Christmasy than most of the previous specials, it is a splendid gift to fans nonetheless.

Dec 30, 2015 | Full Review…

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

  • Dec 31, 2018
    Annoying characters and a poor plot, this story is only good if you enjoy cringing.
  • Dec 22, 2018
    Had some .not so great moments, but at least we know how River got that sonic screwdriver back in "Silence in the Library" and "Forest of the Dead".
  • Dec 16, 2018
    My favorite Christmas episode! Capaldi and Kingston were terrific. I laughed and I cried. It was just a great episode to me.
  • Dec 15, 2018
    One of my favorite Christmas specials. Both funny and heartbreaking. Capaldi and Kingston had amazing chemistry. I just love watching and rewatching this one.
  • Dec 11, 2018
    This is an amazing conclusion to Rivers character and loved it how she didn't recognise the doctor
  • Oct 11, 2018
    LOVE THIS EPISODE! It's hilarious and may include the most truly romantic scene ever aired on television.
  • Sep 18, 2018
  • Jul 25, 2017
    The Doctor's long awaited reunion with River Song is excellently portrayed by Capaldi and Kingston. Moffat's writing brought the River Song storyline that he began during Tennant's era to a bittersweet but triumphant ending.
  • Jun 12, 2017
    Fun episode, not quite as good as the last special episode.
  • Mar 05, 2016
    Capaldi and Kingston have great chemistry in a more-than-average episode.

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