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The Christmas special is named The Husbands of River Song.

 

 

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.
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Watched the Christmas special...it was frantic and slight (as most Christmas specials are), but a fun caper before packing a movingly understated punch in the last 15 minutes. I'm not a huge fan of those speeches where characters go on and on about how awesome and cold and terrible and wonderful the Doctor is, but Alex Kingston is certainly expert at giving them. It was very poignant, sexist trope or not, that River truly believed the Doctor could never love her - at least in the end she realized he did. Their final scene - accepting the finality of life as best they can - was a scene that felt mature rather than just played at being mature. And it was blessedly free of emo woe. If anyone got those last scenes I'm glad it was Capaldi, even though I will always see Smith/Kingston as the best of the three. I do hope this isn't the true end for River, but if it is, it was certainly done with respect and a showcase of everything about her.

 

(and some of her lines pissed off Ten/Rose shippers...even better!)

 

The guy who played Ramone was very very handsome.

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I haven't seen it yet but I did love the Series 9 finale. It was a reasonably solid enough year albeit weirdly structured, but I loved the desperate sort of ending on Gallifrey.

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I haven't watched the season yet. I heard it was better (although a lot of people seemed to dislike Sleep No More and had the same issues with Maisie Williams that I long had on GoT), although the ratings were not good. I guess that must mean a new Doctor who will be a young hottie, and a young hot female companion he can make out with.

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The ratings were a bit lower (likely because of a poor timeslot opposite other major programming), but pretty steady. Peter Capaldi is signed for the next series, so I'm not concerned about him.

 

I don't think it was as good as Series 8 which I thought was excellent, and I think the two-parter experiment had highlights and lesser lights but it was pretty solid overall with a great finish. I also think Maisie Williams was excellent in her latter appearances.

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Tangential, but: Here's Matt Smith as the unmistakable Prince Philip, consort of Queen Elizabeth in this new sizzle reel for Netflix's upcoming The Crown.

 

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Steven Moffat is stepping down next year after a delayed Series 10 which will air in Spring 2017; Chris Chibnall is the new showrunner for Series 11 in '18.

 

BBC statement:

 

BBC1 has decided to air Moffat’s final 12-part series – the 10th of the modern era – in spring 2017. Chibnall’s debut series as head writer and executive producer will launch in 2018.

 

A Christmas special WILL air this year overseen by Moffat, though it is unclear whether Peter Capaldi’s new companion will feature. The companion, who will replace Jenna Coleman’s Clara Oswald, will definitely be in place for the spring 2017 series, say BBC sources.

 

Explaining the decision to hold Moffat’s last series until next year, BBC1 controller Charlotte Moore said: “I have decided to schedule Steven’s big finale series in Spring 2017 to bring the nation together for what will be a huge event on the channel. 2016 is spoilt with national moments including the Euros and Olympics and I want to hold something big back for 2017 – I promise it will be worth the wait!”

 

It is unclear if the plan is now to make Doctor Who a series which regularly begins its runs in the spring when Chibnall becomes showrunner. “That is all to be decided,” said a BBC source, who pointed out that it began airing in the spring when it was relaunched by Russell T Davies in 2005.

 

Moffat said of his decision to quit: “Feels odd to be talking about leaving when I’m just starting work on the scripts for season 10, but the fact is my timey-wimey is running out. While Chris is doing his last run of Broadchurch, I’ll be finishing up on the best job in the universe and keeping the TARDIS warm for him. It took a lot of gin and tonic to talk him into this, but I am beyond delighted that one of the true stars of British Television drama will be taking the Time Lord even further into the future. At the start of season 11, Chris Chibnall will become the new showrunner of Doctor Who. And I will be thrown in a skip.”

 

Moore, who next month takes over a super controller’s job at the BBC, paid tribute to Moffat and welcomed Chibnall into the Doctor Who fold.

 

“I want to thank Steven Moffat for everything he has given Doctor Who – I’ve loved working with him, he is an absolute genius and has brought fans all over the world such joy,” she added. “I will be very sad to see him leave the show but I can’t wait to see what he will deliver in his last ever series next year with a brand new companion.

 

“I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome Chris Chibnall, a wonderfully talented writer who I know will bring something very special to the hit series.”

 

Like Moffat, Chibnall is also a lifelong Doctor Who fan and a multi-award winning writer and executive producer. He has most recently achieved success with the triple BAFTA winning hit ITV series Broadchurch. His other credits include BAFTA nominated The Great Train Robbery, United, Law & Order: UK, Life on Mars and Torchwood.

 

He said: “Doctor Who is the ultimate BBC programme: bold, unique, vastly entertaining, and adored all around the world.  So it’s a privilege and a joy to be the next curator of this funny, scary and emotional family drama. I’ve loved Doctor Who since I was four years old, and I’m relishing the thought of working with the exceptional team at BBC Wales to create new characters, creatures and worlds for the Doctor to explore.  Steven’s achieved the impossible by continually expanding Doctor Who’s creative ambition, while growing its global popularity. He’s been a dazzling and daring showrunner, and hearing his plans and stories for 2017, it’s clear he’ll be going out with a bang. Just to make my life difficult.”

 

Polly Hill, BBC controller of drama commissioning, added: “Like Charlotte I would like to thank Steven for his brilliance, which has made Doctor Who a global hit under his tenure.  Chris Chibnall is the perfect successor to take over the reins of this incredible show, so I am delighted that his love for Doctor Who has made it impossible for him to resist! Chris is an incredible writer and his vision and passion for Doctor Who gives it an exciting future and promises to be a real treat for Doctor Who fans across the world.”

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As I mostly suspected, Peter Capaldi has been asked to stay on for Series 11 in 2018, the show's first with Chris Chibnall. He hasn't decided yet.

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I hope Peter decides to stay one more year, but I think the best we can hope for is Chibnall's first half-season. 

 

At least he's considering the possibility.

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I hope he stays on, but it seems like 3 seasons is the exit for most Doctors on the new show, aside from Eccleston. I'm surprised he's so open about it though.

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I hope Peter decides to stay one more year, but I think the best we can hope for is Chibnall's first half-season. 

 

I'd be shocked if they did another mid-season regeneration again any time soon. I'd be open to it with someone but it hasn't been done since Colin Baker, it's controversial and I don't think it will be again until at the very least the Chibnall era is firmly established.

 

Unlike both Tennant and Smith, Capaldi has a well-established, long and celebrated career - he doesn't need to leave to build his personal brand and spread his wings in Hollywood and/or other projects, which was a major part of both of their reasoning. I think if he leaves it will simply be because of the taxing grind of the schedule. He is a massive fan though, and I can see him deciding to break the three-season NuWho 'rule' and go for a longer run because he has nothing left to prove as an actor. I hope he does.

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