The Husbands of River Song
Episode / March 7, 2016

Aired 25 December 2015 Following a truly spectacular run of twelve episodes that often veered into quite dark and sombre territory, Doctor Who returns for its annual festive outing in a much more lighthearted- though nontheless incredibly enjoyable- outing. Clara is firmly in the past, and the Doctor has no memory of her other than her name, returning the focus more squarely to the Doctor as no new companion is on the horizon as of yet. As the title blatantly states, though, River Song is unabashedly back and Alex Kingston perfectly recaptures her iconic role here. The central premise that River does not recognize the Doctor goes on for an astoundingly long time thanks to some necessary deception and evasion on the part of the Doctor, but it never wears too thin or feels unwelcome. In fact, that resulting banter between Kingston and Capaldi instantly prove what a dynamic duo they are while giving Capaldi yet another chance to demonstrate how adept he is at comedy. The scene where the Doctor pretends to be taken aback by the larger interior of the TARDIS is fifty-plus years in the making, and that alone is worth watching the entire episode. It’s a…