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The Husbands Of River Song

ShowDoctor Who / Series IX / Episode 13
First Broadcast2015/12/26 - 19:30 (Link: ABC Details)
Related LinksDoctor Who Wiki Wikipedia
Previous EpisodeHell Bent
Next EpisodeThe Return Of Doctor Mysterio

The Doctor and River Song are accidentally brought together around a jewellery heist. However there's a few hiccoughs along the way. Firstly, River does not recognise the Doctor leading to some humorous moments. The Doctor gets to experience discovering the TARDIS is bigger on the inside. He also finds out that River has borrowed the TARDIS in the past without the Doctor's knowledge.

Then there's the matter of River's husbands; there appears to be a few, including a diamond! The Doctor is clearly pained by this. River, on the other hand, appears to believe that the Doctor does not really love her at all as he should never love anyone. In the midst of River's plans falling apart and her claims that the Doctor would never be silly enough to be present, she realises it's him standing next to her.

Once they escape (as they always do) the Doctor arranges for a romantic dinner at the restaurant near the Singing Towers of Darillium. This is the culmination of a very long story thread, going back to the Library. The Doctor is aware it is their last night together. River suspects this but the Doctor resorts to "Spoilers." The Doctor has kept putting this meeting off for this very reason. But now he gives in to the inevitable. He gives River a present - his sonic screwdriver - that she will use in the Library and that the Doctor will use to save her. It's very poignant and we're delighted to find out that a day on Darillium last 24 years. Farewell River.

PS: As with the previous episode, there were many references to past episodes, and not just those relating to River Song's timeline. The Doctor Who Wiki has a good list.