Friday, December 25, 2015

Doctor Who "The Husbands of River Song" - My Thoughts

I got home from visiting with the family around 8pm.. just in time to watch the latest Doctor Who Christmas special with my buddy Erik via Skype. This years Christmas special is titled "The Husbands of River Song". Here's a quick synopsis: The Doctor is on the planet Mendorax Dellora in 5343, where he is asked by a man named Nardole to follow him, thinking he is a surgeon, on the orders of River Song. A surgeon is required to remove a diamond from the head of King Hydroflax after his maligned attempt to steal it, and River seeks to recover it. Surprised that River cannot identify his newest face, the Doctor struggles to break the news to her while learning how she acts on her own- and how many other lovers she has had. However, both he and River soon find that the time is drawing close for the last page in the diary of their journeys together to be written...

First half of this special was good, it was great seeing River again and it was funny that she didn't have a clue that the man she was now working with was actually The Doctor. But about halfway through this episode it became amazing!! When she was talking about how the Doctor didn't care about her and wouldn't come to help her and then realizes that he's been by her side this entire time was unbelievable. I love when she looks over at him and he says "Hello Sweetie" The acting, the timing and writing were perfect. Then the true adventure began with River and the Doctor trying to escape.

This was Doctor Who at it's best, it was funny, sincere, action packed and sad all rolled into one. And by the end when you find out that this is River's last day before she meets up with Tennants Who in Silence of the Library (where she dies) it's just heart breaking and the tears start to roll. And it gets worse when The Doctors gives her the sonic screwdiver, which sets up later events that happen in her first/last episode she appeared in. By this time I'm a ball of emotions and then the Doctor reveals that one day on this planet lasts 24 earth years and then you're heart smiles knowing that they get to spend those years together.

River's story has come full circle. If this is the actual last time we see her I will be happy. It's a fitting end for this amazing character. The Husbands of River Song is definitely one of my favorite Christmas specials and I look forward to watching it again and again.

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