Doctor Who: First Look at River Song in 2015 Christmas Special


BBC has revealed a couple of teasers for the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas special, with the first promotional image featuring Alex Kingston returning as the Doctor’s wife, the beloved River Song. The Christmas special will mark the first meeting between River and the Doctor’s twelfth incarnation, and River doesn’t recognise her husband. The official synopsis reads:

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.

Meanwhile Steven Moffat has confirmed just when the Christmas special takes place in River’s own timeline, telling Radio Times “it’s immediately after The Angels Take Manhattan [2012]. River’s just seen Matt Smith’s Doctor lose Amy and Rory, and obviously before The Name of the Doctor [2013] because she’s dead in that.”

Steven also commented that “If you’re a long term fan of the show you might be interested because there’s been a lot of talk about the Doctor and River’s glory years but we’ve never seen them. Here at last we see them as Mr and Mrs Who at the height of their powers. It’s great fun.”

Matt Lucas (Little Britain, Alice in Wonderland) will guest star as Nardole and Greg Davies (The Inbetweeners, Man Down) as King Hydroflax.


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