DOCTOR WHO – THE HUSBANDS OF RIVER SONG
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.