The Doctor Who Christmas special gets a cool title and a revealing new promo pic

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Dec 1, 2015, 4:39 PM EST

“Hello, sweeties!” The BBC has revealed a new promo image, as well as the official title for its upcoming Doctor Who Christmas episode featuring the highly anticipated return of the Doctor's (Peter Capaldi) wife: Professor River Song (Alex Kingston).

So, what’s the title of the River-centric yuletide special? According to the official Doctor Who Facebook page, the episode will be called “The Husbands of River Song.” I don't know about you guys, but I don't think the Doctor will be thrilled to find out his missus is in posession of a couple of HUSBANDS. Plural.

Showrunner Steven Moffat previously said of the Xmas special that it'll be a madcap adventure in which there will be lots of kissing and flirting on River’s part, except none of that will be with Capaldi's Time Lord, because she doesn't know who he is. Check out the official synopsis for the episode:

It’s Christmas Day on a remote human colony and the Doctor is hiding from carols and comedy antlers. But when the Time Lord’s help is requested he finds himself recruited into River Song’s squad and hurled into a fast and frantic chase across the galaxy! King Hydroflax (Greg Davies) is furious and his giant robot bodyguard is out-of-control and coming for them all! Will Nardole (Matt Lucas) survive? And when will River work out who the Doctor is?

All will be revealed on a starliner full of galactic super-villains and at a destination the Doctor has been avoiding for a very long time…

That sounds like a TARDIS-load of fun, but the most important thing for Whovians everywhere here is this: If you look closely at the new promo pic, you’ll see that Peter Capaldi is holding ... the Tenth Doctor’s sonic screwdriver (Sweet Christmas! I hope we've seen the last of those sonic sunglasses)!

Doctor Who fans will recall that River was in possession of a modified version of David Tennant’s sonic screwdriver in the two-parter “Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead.” Which is not the one we see here, yet. Click on the pic below (or check the one above) for a closer look.


The revamped sonic screwdriver was given to River by the Doctor the last time he saw his wife alive, right before she went to the Library. Will the Xmas episode be THE moment in time our beloved Time Lord finally gives his wife that sonic screwdriver? It’s highly possible when you take into account when, in River’s timeline, “The Husbands of River Song” takes place. Moffat said:

“It doesn’t really matter, but for those who care, it’s immediately after The Angels Take Manhattan [2012]. River’s just seen Matt Smith’s Doctor lose Amy and Rory, and obviously before The Name of the Doctor [2013] because she’s dead in that.”

What do you think about the title “The Husbands of River Song” for the Christmas special? And what about that Tenth Doctor sonic screwdriver? Chime in with your zany madcap theories below!

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