(This review may contain spoilers).
Although I haven’t been as keen on this particular Doctor, I did like the fact that this Christmas special had River Song appear in it… though her apparent inability to recognise the Doctor was a bit disconcerting. It was, however, amusing to see the Doctor’s reactions to River Song being married.
There wasn’t much in the way of a Christmas theme to this, but it was good to see River Song act a bit more emotionally. I did like the way she and the Doctor played off each other… and it was cool to see references made to the Doctor’s previous faces.
Some of the aliens were a bit disturbing in this. Not so much the appearances, but the obsessive way some of them acted. I did like the fact that this episode tied up quite a few of the loose ends from the storyline involving River Song and the Doctor.
It was nice to see a slightly different version of the mechanical body storyline, although I did find some aspects of this episode incredibly disturbing. There was some action in this, but it was good to see more in the way of character development and in how this episode linked in with previous incarnations of the Doctor.
There were quite a few amusing moments in this episode and although there weren’t too many new major characters (even if the fish-alien creatures were a bit weird and disturbing), I did recognise one of the other actors and it was interesting to see how he played a different role to what I was used to.
I’m still not sure I’ll watch the next series of Doctor Who. This one is something I’m struggling to find enough to draw me in during the episodes and there are very few characters I can empathise with. Although it was good to see River Song again (she’s an awesome character), I’m worried she won’t make another appearance.