BBC One has revealed that this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special will be titled “The Husbands of River Song”. Alex Kingston returns for the special in which River Song meets her husband latest incarnation, in the form of Peter Capaldi, for the first time this Christmas.
Speaking with The Radio Times, showrunner Steven Moffat says he brought River back
as “Obviously, we’ve just lost Clara so I didn’t want to go straight into a new companion, and it’s not right to set that up at the end of a series where you’re all exhausted.” As a result he brought River back for what promises to be something of a romp. The main joy though will be seeing the pair having great fun:
“It’s towards the comedy thriller end of the Doctor Who market. It’s light, and quite emotional at the end. The big deal is Doctor No 12 encountering River and vice versa. It’s strange because they’re now, in our human terms, the perfect couple. They’re both sexy older people.
It’s always been slightly strange before with Matt [Smith]. Now, yeah, they could actually be married. It works. She’s great with Peter [Capaldi]. She genuinely hasn’t aged a day since she did The Silence in the Library [her debut story], which we made in 2007. She looks amazing. She totally gets how to do that part. And she’s very, very funny.
It’s a great romp for Christmas day but – and you’ll be pleased – there’s not a lot of Christmas in it. It starts with a big bit of Christmas at the beginning and then we ignore it and go off on a chase, really, with Mr & Mrs Who. One thing worth saying about it is, 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 & Mrs Who at the height of their powers. It’s great fun.”
River Song has appeared in fifteen episodes to date starting with the David Tennant-led “Silence in the Library” in 2008. She was last seen in the Matt Smith-led 2013 finale episode “The Name of the Doctor”.