Details for the highly anticipated 2015 Christmas special episode of “Doctor Who” are trickling out. The episode entitled, “The Husbands of River Song” will not only feature returning guest star Alex Kingston as River Song, but photos reveal the return of none other than the sonic screwdriver.
Seriously! The sonic screwdriver is back! It’s been missing for all Season 9 — but why?! Hopefully the Christmas special will answer that very question.
Here is the full episode description from the BBC site: “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…”
Why bring back River back? Showrunner Steven Moffat explains to the Radio Times, “I’ll be honest, I brought River Song back in because I thought there’s a possibility I’d never write [‘Doctor Who’] again so that’ll be my goodbye. But also I really fancied it. I hadn’t written River for a couple of years and I’d always loved writing for her and I’d missed her. I thought, given that I’m knackered at the end of a series, what would be a treat for me would be getting Alex Kingston back onto ‘Doctor Who’.”
The “Doctor Who” 2015 Christmas special will air on BBC One and BBC America on Friday, Dec. 25.