We celebrate the Peter Capaldi era by revisiting the 12th Doctor's adventures as we count down the days to his last adventure.
The Husbands of River Song
By Steven Moffat
“Every night is the last night for something. Every Christmas is the last Christmas.”
The Doctor Who Christmas Specials have been hit or miss throughout the shows revival and now we look at the 11th Christmas Special and the 6th out of 8 that Steven Moffat has written. While the Christmas Specials are supposed to be light hearted and fun we have had some that have been darker and taken a more serious tone like The Snowmen and A Christmas Carole both written by Moffat. I tend to like the stories that take a more serious tone and keep the silliness to a minimum. So when it was announced that River Song will be making her appearance in this year’s Christmas story I had some reservations about The Husbands of River Song.
I really liked the chemistry between Peter Capaldi and Alex Kingston. In my opinion I believe this combo works a lot better than when she was paired with Matt Smith. River was too much of a personality for Matt Smith’s Doctor and mainly hogged all the scenes with him based on River’s over the top personality while with Capaldi he is able to play it up also and be able to bounce of her perfectly and be just as over the top as River. It was also pretty good seeing The Doctor being the companion as River did not know who he was. That was pretty good and the sarcastic remarks and looks were pretty funny and I especially liked when The Doctor did the whole it was bigger on the inside bit for once.
For the most part if this was any other story it would not be a good Christmas Special but the fact that it was River’s swan song made it a lot better. The story was blah but the plot of River and The Doctor was pretty good and Alex Kingston did not annoy me all that much like she did in most of the Matt Smith stories. The chemistry between the two was really good and it is too bad this might be the last time this pair meets but who knows Steven Moffat has changed his mind before. Overall a pretty decent Christmas story saved by the two stars who were brilliant together.