The Christmas episodes for Doctor Who tend to be ‘fluffier’ – I think it is because of all that snow. This year’s episode was both humorous and touching, and was a contrast to the rather serious nature of the rest of the season. I would like to see more of this humour popping up in the future.
Now, let’s get one thing straight from the start, I am a huge fan of River Song and her ambiguous nature. So much of a fan, I own her sonic screwdriver and was thrilled to get a River Song figurine for Christmas.
So, I found the Christmas episode a true delight. Snappy dialogue. Witty repartee. Gorgeous guest stars. Fabulous outfits for River. And the chemistry between the Doctor and River … swoon!
River: If either of you use my name again, I will remove your organs in alphabetical order. Any Questions?
The Doctor: Which alphabet?
River: When you love the Doctor, it’s like loving the stars themselves. You don’t expect a sunset to admire you back. And if I happen to find myself in danger, let me tell you, the Doctor is not stupid enough or sentimental enough and he is certainly not in love enough to find himself standing in it with me.
The Doctor: Hello, Sweetie.
And the penny finally drops for River.
River: I’m an archaeologist from from the future. I dug you up!
And… then there was the Doctor’s excited dialogue at pretending to find the TARDIS was bigger on the inside. I could watch that over and over again.
And… finding out that River’s last night with the Doctor was going to be 24 years long (talk about sexual chemistry).
This was the penultimate resolution of the lesson the Doctor learnt from losing Clara; to cherish your loved ones while you can, because you may never know when you will lose them. He knows that River’s adventures are coming to an end (her diary was given to her by someone who KNOWS how long a diary should be.) I had a little weep when I saw River’s realization that the Doctor really did love her.
River: I hate you.
The Doctor: No. You don’t.
Remember my blog about the coded messages between friends and family? I’ll let you work out this code for yourselves.
Overall, a very satisfactory episode. It became one of my favourites straight off.