Alex Kingston and Peter Capaldi on 'Doctor Who'

Christmas is coming and that means the annual “Doctor Who” Christmas special is close. The 2015 special is a big one for fans of the long-running BBC series due to the return of River Song (Alex Kingston), who hasn’t been seen since Matt Smith’s Doctor was in control of the TARDIS.

In the first photo from the special, River and the current Doctor (Peter Capaldi) look to be in some serious trouble as they cling to each other in the face of danger. What’s the threat they’re up against, though?

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The official synopsis for the episode reads:

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 (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 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.

The most telling line from that synopsis lets viewers know that River may not figure out exactly who the Doctor is. While they’re clearly fighting together based on the photo and episode description, hopefully River figures out he’s a Time Lord at some point.

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The “Doctor Who” Christmas special will air, of course, on Dec. 25 on BBC America.

Posted by:Chris E. Hayner

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