Doctor Who’s The Husbands of River Song, Sherlock’s The Abominable Bride Review and The 2015 Annual Report

Happy New year! I hope you had a successful 2015 and wish you an even better 2016. For me the two TV highlights over the Christmas and New Year Season have been Doctor Who’s The Husbands of River Song and Sherlock’s The Abominable Bride. Let’s review: Be warned Major Spoilers below!

The Husbands of River Song

I said in my Doctor Who Series Nine Review that I thought the episode looked forgettable if not for the inclusion of River Song. I was wrong. The episode was a lot of fun, a bit silly in places but it was broadcast on Christmas day and it’s definitely worth a watch if you haven’t seen it already. Greg Davies and Matt Lucas performed their roles brilliantly, it was nice to see The Doctor take up the role of the companion once more and it’s always a pleasure seeing River Song. You could argue that her story was wrapped up in The Wedding of River Song but because she’s a time traveller but I’m sure she could always been squeezed in again. If you’re confused about River Song’s timeline and what order her appearances take place in the Doctor Who Universe this video taken from a DVD extra may help clear things up. I don’t own the video and I’m unsure as to where The Husbands of River Song takes place in this order of events.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GrgLNER9JBM

Sometimes they set up the rest of the series with the Christmas episode but I don’t think they’ve done that this year. Having said that maybe I’ve missed all the clues.

The Abominable Bride

I’m a massive fan of BBC’s Sherlock. I loved the first and second series, enjoyed the third and this Christmas special was brilliant. It’s set mostly in Victorian London with Sherlock and John attempting the solve the mystery of a bride exacting vengeance from beyond the grave. We swap between this timeline and the modern day which carries on from the end of series three in which Sherlock has returned from his four-minute exile to deal with Moriarty’s return. First of the Victorian dialogue is beautiful. It’s reminiscent of Ripper Street, it’s almost poetic. The plot is absorbing but confusing at times. (Personally I thought the scene of Victorian Sherlock and Moriarty was a bit over the top) The acting is, of course, excellent with all of the cast reprising their roles.  What else is there to say? If you haven’t seen Sherlock and love clever crime dramas, then go and watch.

I’ll give The Husbands of River Song 6/10

The Abominable Bride has a solid 10/10

 

WordPress sent me an email a few days ago containing my 2015 annual report. It’s facts, figures and data about my blog which I’m always interested in looking at. If you want to look for yourself click on the link below.

https://jackdowdswritingblog.wordpress.com/2015/annual-report/

The next post should be when I’ve upgraded my blog to the premium plan. I’ll see you then.

Comments

5 comments on “Doctor Who’s The Husbands of River Song, Sherlock’s The Abominable Bride Review and The 2015 Annual Report”
  1. Enjoyed reading these reviews as I haven’t seen either, Jack.

    Best wishes for 2016!

    marion

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    1. Jack Dowd says:

      Thanks Marion. You should definitely watch both when you find the time. All the best for 2016.

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  2. Patsy says:

    I haven’t seen The Husbans of River Song – I might so haven’t read your review.

    I did quite like the Sherlock one, but agree about it being confusing at times. Did it share some writers with Dr Who? I ask because there was the same feeling of the writers showing how clever they are and, in my opinion, slightly spoiling the viewing experience as a result.

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    1. Jack Dowd says:

      The Head Writer, Lead Writer or Show runner (whichever title you prefer) on both shows is Steven Moffat. Moffat took over Doctor Who in 2005 and has been on Sherlock from the start. I like him but I find he tries to be clever for the sake of being clever.

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