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Decapitation, Cuckoldry and Rock Opera are but three of the romantic elements of this Christmas Special

The Doctor has landed on Mendorax Dellora specifically to criticise its lacklustre choirs, but the Glasgow Grinch is quickly dragged antlers-first into adventure when he’s mistaken for a surgeon by the nebbish Nardole, gibbering goon to queen-for-a-day River Song.

Not recognising whichever ordinal number husband of hers the Doctor is, she is quick to introduce him to his next patient, King Hydroflax: murderous monarch, blood-thirsty bionic bastard, and her husband, who’s on the brink of vacating his throne for good.

With the most valuable diamond in the universe lodged in his cerebellum, River would quite like Hydroflax’s crackpot cranium removed and for sale, and whatever his cuckolded qualms, Doc is in for the ride. If only his wife had room for one more headshot in her wallet.

Hilarity ensues?

NB: This is the second time we’ve had a chat about this episode. If you haven’t already, check out the Instant-Reaction-Review we recorded at the time!

(Listener minis will be added to this page shortly – yep, along with the minis for the last Classic review :-)…)

Here's what we think of N130 The Husbands of River Song

We rate Doctor Who stories on a scale from 0.0 to 5.0. For context, very few are excellent enough to merit a 5.0 in our minds, and we'd take a 0.0 Doctor Who story over a lot of other, non-Whovian stuff out there.

Leon | @ponken

4.1

Drew | @drewbackwhen

3.8

Marie | Not on twitter...

3.3

Jim | @jimmythewho

3.9

Here's what we think of N130 The Husbands of River Song

We rate Doctor Who stories on a scale from 0.0 to 5.0. For context, very few are excellent enough to merit a 5.0 in our minds, and we'd take a 0.0 Doctor Who story over a lot of other, non-Whovian stuff out there.

Leon | @ponken

4.1

Drew | @drewbackwhen

3.8

Marie | Not on twitter...

3.3

Jim | @jimmythewho

3.9

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