The BBC has released some new interviews with Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat, Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi and recurring guest star Alex Kingston about the upcoming Christmas special “The Husbands of River Song.”
Moffat has said time and time again that the yuletide special will be a big fun Christmassy romp; from what I saw of the two trailers released a little over a week ago, seems like he’ll be delivering on his promises big time. Here’s a few of the things the Who showrunner had to say about the special:
“The Doctor is an all new man and has been for a while. It may have slipped his mind that out there, in a very tangled and complicated way, is his wife that has never seen this face before and doesn’t even know about this incarnation. We’re about to stand with the Doctor and see what River is like when she doesn’t know he’s looking. We’re about to see what River thinks of Matt Smith turning into Peter Capaldi.”
As for the reason he decided to write River back into the Xmas special after a (painful) two-year absence from Doctor Who, Moffat said:
“River Song meets the Capaldi Doctor, that’s got to be fun - I’d like to write that. That’s what made me want to write. I knew it had to be a big romp for Christmas day and there’s nothing like River Song to make that evident - River brings a whole storm of camp glamour to it.”
He also had a few choice things to say about the villain of the piece, King Hydroflax, played by Greg Davies (The Inbetweeners): “King Hydroflax is a very bad King, who as it turns out is mostly cyborg -- in fact only his head has remained. He’s a vicious, terrible and deeply stupid man and a dreadful tyrant.” Gotta love those.
After losing (and forgetting) his beloved companion Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) in the Season 9 finale, Peter Capaldi explained where we find Twelve in “The Husbands of River Song.”
“Well the Christmas special is very Christmassy, which I’m sure everyone will be relieved to hear. It finds the Doctor in a Dickensian kind of world, in a Christmas card sort of world which he’s been brought to in order to do a favour for a king. So there’s quite a festive spirit to the episode. But the favour is more complex and isn’t exclusively for the benefit of the king, but more for the benefit of the king’s consort.”
Capaldi also explained who is the character of Nardole, played by Brit favorite Matt Lucas (Pompidou): “The character of Nardole is played by Matt Lucas, so you can expect a lot of laughs and pathos. He is, as ever, a hugely lovable personality, a little naïve, a little out of his depth and quite cosmic.”
Describing the special as a “wonderful slapstick caper,” adding, “There’s a lot of great laughs, there’s a lot of fabulous River one-liners. The fans are going to love the things she says and there’s a lot of play,” Alex Kingston also revealed that River had a lot to do in the special episode:
“I’ve been really lucky in this episode as River gets to do an awful lot. She gets to run around in snow, I’ve been flying and have done harness work against a green screen. She’s got quite a few husbands in this episode and there’s a lot of fabulous quick-fire dialogue between her and the Doctor. She gets to snog the most handsome man in the work, his character name is Ramone. It’s all going on!”
However, her favorite thing about filming the Christmas special had nothing to do with River’s scenes, but more about stepping back into the TARDIS once more:
“The favourite moment so far for me was stepping back on to the TARDIS, because the interior of it has changed yet again. I’ve been on two different TARDIS incarnations, and to walk into this one and know it’s a familiar space but at the same time it’s different, was great. I love this one - everything works which is really fun, I stand there pressing all the buttons, it’s great!”
Below is the official synopsis for “The Husbands of River Song”:
It’s Christmas Day on a remote human colony and the Doctor is hiding from Christmas Carols and Comedy Antlers.
But when a crashed spaceship calls upon the Doctor for help, he finds himself recruited into River Song’s squad and hurled into a fast and frantic chase across the galaxy.
King Hydroflax is furious, his giant Robot bodyguard is out of control and coming for them all! Will Nardole survive? And when will River Song work out who the Doctor is?
All will be revealed on a starliner full of galactic super-villains and a destination the Doctor has been avoiding for a very long time.
Written by Steven Moffat and directed by Douglas Mackinnon, the Doctor Who Christmas special stars Peter Capaldi, Alex Kingston, Greg Davies, Matt Lucas, Rowan Polonski, Robert Curtis and Chris Lew Kum Hoi. It is set to air on Christmas Day. Are you excited about “The Husbands of River Song"?