River’s End

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re­leased OUT NOW! 2015 | PG | Blu- ray/ DVD

Di­rec­tor Dou­glas Mackin­non

Cast Peter Ca­paldi, Alex Kingston,

Greg Davies, Matt Lu­cas

Feel the whiplash. After se­ries nine cli­maxed in heart- bruis­ing style, here’s Doc­tor Who set to full- on fes­tive romp mode. It’s a lit­tle like stum­bling, shell- shocked, out of a trauma re­cov­ery cen­tre to find some­one rasp­ber­ry­ing a party blower in your face.

It’s hard to imag­ine this story even ex­ist­ing with­out the itch to push Alex Kingston and Peter Ca­paldi to­gether in a TV stu­dio and see what kind of chem­i­cal re­ac­tion re­sults. Thank­fully it’s a po­tent one: there’s a crack­ing rap­port and en­ergy be­tween the pair that com­pen­sates for a script that rather un­der­serves guest stars Matt Lu­cas and Greg Davies.

Ar­riv­ing at the Singing Tow­ers of Dar­il­lium, the tale finds a wel­come chance to breathe. Ca­paldi and Kingston play this tonal shift beau­ti­fully and while the story de­nies us a fi­nal kiss, the lovely vis­ual of the tow­ers at sun­set, with their prom­ise of a 24- year night, wraps up the time­line- twist­ing River Song saga on a gen­uinely heart­felt note.

Ex­tras An episode of be­hind- the- scenes show Doc­tor Who Ex­tra and a fea­turette on River ( 30 min­utes). Nick Setch­field

River ref­er­ences “the real time en­ve­lope” – first men­tioned by the Fifth Doc­tor in 1984’ s “Fron­tios”.

Twenty- four years of ar­gu­ing fol­lowed.

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