Monday, 8 February 2016

Doctor Who - The Husbands of River Song: Blu Ray Review

Doctor Who - The Husbands of River Song: Blu Ray Review


Rating: PG
Released by BBC and Roadshow Home Ent

So, the annual Doctor Who Christmas special finally arrives.

This year, shorn of Clara Oswald, Peter Capaldi's 12th Doctor is thrown into a romp that sees him reunited with Alex Kingston's River Song as she tries to extract a diamond from her husband's head.

The twist is though, that this husband is not the Doctor, but King Hydroflax (Inbetweeners star Greg Davies) ... and it puts the Doctor's nose out of joint when he realises she doesn't know who he is.

However, all that's put to one side when the duo is forced on the run.

Ostensibly a throwaway piece, the silliness that pervades the first half of The Husbands of River Song is perfectly suited to the post-Xmas day bloat when you're sick of the family, stuffed on good and just want a diverting spectacle.

But long term and out of context, this feels like a show of two halves.

One that provides the silliness and a second that feels like it wraps up River Song's arc.

There's a beauty and elegaic feel to Capaldi and Kingston's final scenes together and the two knock it out of the park as you realise the finality has come calling. But it's a mixed ride to get to that point and also perhaps one of the less successful Christmas day outings for the TARDIS.

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