Monday, January 18, 2016

Doctor Who: The Husbands of River Song (2015)

The Husbands of River Song was Doctor Who's Christmas special. I am quite late to review this. It wasn't shown during Christmas in Finland and I wanted to review this same week as Sherlock's Christmas special. This was first week I could do that.

River Song is recurring character in Doctor Who. Her gimmick was she and Doctor travel time different ways. First time Doctor met River was last time River met Doctor and so on. I say was because The Husbands of River Song could not handle the concept. Half of the episode was written like this was first time River met Doctor and half like she had met Doctor several times before.

Concept was probably ruined earlier when River was daughter of Amy Pond. The concept wasn't totally forgotten. This episode tried to play with the concept but failed totally. Concept of time travelers meeting each others different order happens too rarely in fiction. This made River Song so clever characters. It is shame how her last appearance failed so hard.

The story was kind of ok but it was secondary to last meeting of River for Doctor. Story wasn't anything special. It just provided Doctor and River something to do. I have almost forgotten what happened. During episode it felt ok. Ending was bit too convenient. If I start to analyze everything I will find many plot holes. I don't want to do it because I hated how they dealt the last time we saw River Song.

We met River Song first time in episodes Silence in Library and Forest of the Dead. That was last time River saw Doctor and she knew it. This was supposed to be first time she met Doctor and she acted like it was the last. She should have had all their relationship ahead of her. Back then Steven Moffat understood the concept. This time he didn't. Did he had someone forcing him to make things make sense back then?

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