Doctor Who Christmas special reveals title, synopsis, first picture – and a welcome return

River Song's back - and so is the Sonic Screwdriver...

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The Husbands of River Song. That’s the title of this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special, and it certainly makes you wonder what River’s been up to since we last saw her – and where the Doctor might fit in this time…

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“It’s Christmas Day on a remote human colony and the Doctor is hiding from Christmas carols and comedy antlers,” reads the synopsis for the festive episode. “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?”

So as well as confirming that Man Down and Inbetweeners star Greg Davies and Little Britain’s Matt Lucas are guest starring (and that their characters are called King Hydroflax and Nardole), the synopsis also suggests that, in terms of her own timeline, River is meeting the Doctor for the first time (at least, we assume that’s why she doesn’t recognise him).

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What else do we know? Well, the picture that accompanies those details reveals that the giant robot in question is red, that the Doctor has finally got himself a new Sonic Screwdriver – and that River has something kind of Sonic looking herself…