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The Doctor Who Christmas Special Gives Our DW Chatters ALL the Feels (and Husbands of River Song)

The Doctor Who Christmas Special Gives Our DW Chatters ALL the Feels (and Husbands of River Song)

BBC America

Merry Monday-after-Christmas, Sparklers! Like the Doctor, our Doctor Who protégés, Ryan and Addison have found themselves in Arizona aka Gallifrey, if you're all caught up! Battling timezones and Nearly Headless Nick's of the galaxy, Ryan and Addison sat down just in time to discuss the Christmas Special, "The Husbands of River Song" and what follows is either sheer laughter or some major feels...

Ryan Britt
Hello?

Addison
It's me.

Ryan Britt
Yes!
We did it!

Addison
Did what?

Ryan Britt
Managed to get our DW chat on in a different time zone
on the day after Christmas!
we must have a vortex manipulator

Addison
I don't know about you Ryan, but I used a "box"

Ryan Britt
I've heard those can be faulty
Anyway
Merry Christmas Addison!

Addison
Merry Christmas!!

Ryan Britt
Are we ready to talk about Doctor Who?
It's like we never left Gallifrey!

Addison
I know! To be fair, Arizona is basically Gallifrey!

Ryan Britt
True. I'd never thought of it that way. But it totally is
Same fashion sense
So.
Did you laugh more
or cry more with "The Husbands of River Song?"

Addison
Oh gosh, that's a tough one
I think I started out laughing
And then ended up crying
But I definitely laughed more
What about you?

Ryan Britt
I cried RIGHT at the end
I didn't expect it to get so legit!

Addison
I know!
And let me tell you: you were right about the title
Well, somewhat
We really did get to see the husbands of River Song

Ryan Britt
that it wasn't multiple Doctors?
Right

Addison
Yep!

Ryan Britt
I suppose I would have preferred multiple Doctors

Addison
It would've been a crazier episode if it were

Ryan Britt
(obviously)
ha
Yeah
I mean

Addison
Hahaha
Don't we all

Ryan Britt
it would have stolen the spotlight from Capaldi
which is what it was all about
making the ending a direct sequel to the first ever River Song episode was pretty slick
I had to go watch that scene from "The Forest of the Dead" again
"new suit. new haircut."

Addison
SAME
The moment where he says "Hello Sweetie" broke me

Ryan Britt
Pretty awesome

Addison
However, I do wonder

Ryan Britt
He's also such a perfect match for her. Just their basic humor chemistry

Addison
RIGHT?
But if there were multiple Doctors, I wonder if either of them would steal Capaldi's Thunder
Because he's been perfectly fantastic all this time

Ryan Britt
I mean. I dunno. It would be tough
yeah
there was this great comic series earlier this year
"Four Doctors"
which had Capaldi with Smith and Tennant
pretty accurate to what that would be like on screen
I think
him lecturing them a lot

Addison
Well
We won't know until it actually happens on screen, I guess
Capaldi's Doctor is so unpredictable!

Ryan Britt
I actually doubt they'll do it. I feel like it probably won't happen
unless it's a brief flirtation with him being there at "The Day of the Doctor"

Addison
Not as a Christmas special, I don't think

Ryan Britt
ha!
This one was very Christmas-y!
at least at first!

Addison
AHHH, Capaldi's antlers
This was an episode that didn't make me think about "what if Clara was here?" to be honest

Ryan Britt
I didn't think about Clara until he said "Every Christmas is last Christmas"
and even then
only vaguely
I think this was smart
keeping it with River
It felt like Doctor Who
I felt safe
like, no "lonely Doctor on Christmas" episode

Addison
Exactly

Ryan Britt
and! He got to hang out with her for like 23 years!
right?

Addison
24?
But yeah!

Ryan Britt
right
so, who KNOWS what they could have done during that time!
leaves it pretty open for more adventures with her+capaldi!

Addison
WHO. NOSE.
I know it's too soon but I'm dying to hear audio episodes from them

Ryan Britt
ha
I know
I'd take that in my pocket right now with me
it would make my day-after-christmas!

Addison
Absolutely! And it's so fitting because he spent Christmas with his family

Ryan Britt
Right
last time he did that was like?
"The Doctor the Widow and the Wardrobe?"
Maybe?

Addison
Possibly
Hey, I mean, that's how we're introduced to Tennant

Ryan Britt
I have to say: I usually don't love the X-mas specials

Addison
So I usually love them!

Ryan Britt
but sort of not the best episode of his!
(I actually think I skipped that one when I was first getting into the show)
I re-watched "The Next Doctor" the other day

Addison
REALLY?!

Ryan Britt
totally good
Yeah, I dunno. I thought the x-mas episode looked goofy
I guess my favorite one is "The Runaway Bride"
because I love Donna
and it's so weird
Where would you put this one?
With other Christmas episodes?

Addison
That's interesting
To be honest, it was kinda goofy

Ryan Britt
VERY

Addison
BUT I think it made me like Tennant a lot
Right after saying goodbye to Ninth
Which made for a very easy transition and into the arms of my favorite Doctor
(which is every Doctor once they regenerate)

Ryan Britt
Right
So where does "The Husbands of River Song" fit in?
Kind of splits the difference, right?
Goofy x-mas episode
but also big on the fan-service mythology, too?

Addison
Sounds about right
Again, like this series
The episode was so different from any other Christmas special

Ryan Britt
Totally
(Though there were shades of "Voyage of the Damned" with that guy who is a just a head)

Addison
It actually felt like Guardians of the Galaxy at some point XD

Ryan Britt
ha!
that's not a bad thing, right?

Addison
Nope
Also, I noticed that

Ryan Britt
Like, if I just walked in, I'd be like "Oh, weird headless guy. Must be Doctor Who x-mas!"

Addison
Hahaha I feel that
And you know what? I was so glad Ashildr wasn't there

Ryan Britt
It would have been too much
A headless Viking would have been fine though

Addison
Now you're talking!
Okay
Top 3 this?

Ryan Britt
You bet
I bet we'll be totally the same though!

Addison
Like almost every other recap!

Ryan Britt
*almost*
you first

Addison
-when they went to Darillium. I was crying at that point. The chemistry between River and the Doctor was so good, and I really didn't see that one coming which was a big surprise.
-the Doctor pretending to be in the TARDIS for the first time and "finally doing it right." All of Capaldi's monologues are super hits!

Ryan Britt
(YES)

Addison
-the TARDIS's safety feature was so much Physics. I love that it was a classic time travel story this Christmas special and I loved everything to do with Hydroflax and his annoying head

Ryan Britt
So many!!!
Is it my go?

Addison
Yep!
(I know!)

Ryan Britt
Okay
1. The sonic screwdriver moment. Obviously. Him giving it to her was awesome. I really didn't see that coming and I was impressed that this is how that story ends up. I love that River did know an OLDER Doctor in more than one way. It makes her looking at Tennant even more heartbreaking
2. the scene with them laughing in the snow.
It gave the characters so much hope
everything is so hard and terrible and they're just sitting there yucking it up
I loved that. So important to have little moments like that
in Doctor Who (and real life!)
3. Hmmm. I guess just how much I smiled
Doctor Who was very stressful this season
(in a good way)
and Star Wars was stressful
and the holidays are stressful
and this was just a total gift
there were so many little one-liners I missed and I can't wait to go back and catch them all again.
funny and fun, which is why the show is so special!

Addison
Right
It definitely got rid of any holiday blues I had!

Ryan Britt
Totes!
And on that note, this Christmas is now...last christmas!

Addison
I KNOW
Paradox
Always
Are there any things we didn't like?

Ryan Britt
That River isn't the companion for a whole season?

Addison
You're hopeful :D

Ryan Britt
(I don't like that she's not)

Addison
For me it's probably the fact that the sonic screwdriver wasn't there
But the sonic sunglasses were

Ryan Britt
He used his new one right at the end!
she totally noticed it too!

Addison
Yes, but I thought the days of the sunglasses were finally over

Ryan Britt
awww

Addison
In the first bit

Ryan Britt
see I thought that was him concealing his identity for a bit longer

Addison
I was SO ready for a cheeky remark by River Song
That is true
Although it did sonic
So I don't know how she didn't notice it at first
Or maybe she did but didn't put much thought into it

Ryan Britt
I think we're supposed to believe that
Addison. I am putting on my sonic glasses
and heading out!
Anything else before the new year?

Addison
Nope!
I have zero predictions for future episodes
other than it's gonna be fantastic (and totally wild)

Ryan Britt
Ha! I predict TAME and fantastic!
:)
Happy New Year Addison!

Addison
Happy New Year!
Until next time. Geronimo!

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