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The Husbands of River Song

How was your Christmas? The Doctor spent his with a rampaging robot and an angry head in a bag...



FIRST BROADCAST 25 December 2015

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This might make me a Bad Fan, but the true significance of the final sequence in The Husbands of River Song was lost on me. That was, until I sat down to write this piece.

“Do not put me in the bag!”

As part of the usual kind of checks I do, I Googled the planet name ‘Darillium’ – the location of the restaurant the Doctor and River visit at the end of the story – to see if it’d had some prior life in Doctor Who.

It got quite a few hits.

“The last time I saw you, the real you, the future you… you turned up on my doorstep, with a new haircut and a suit. You took me to Darillium to see the Singing Towers. What a night that was. The Towers sang, and you cried.” This was Professor River Song, on the day she died, as depicted in the 2008 story Silence in the Library/ Forest of the Dead. Our first meeting with the precocious archaeologist; her final bow. “You wouldn’t tell me why,” she continued, “but I suppose you knew it was time. My time… You even gave me your screwdriver.”

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Contents include: Steven Moffat answers questions on Heaven Sent; Alex Kingston and Paul McGann interviews; a feature on Doctor Who Weetabix cards of the 1970s; Fact of Fiction – Death the Daleks; Time Team – The Eleventh Hour; reviews of The Husbands of River Song, The Wheel in Space and The Face of Evil; Christmas Quiz answers; Comic Strip – The Dragon Lord Part 2.