Given that she’s the driving force behind the season finale, I’ve been thinking a lot about the character of River Song. Since we first met her in “Silence in the Library,” she’s been an intriguing figure not only because she has so many secrets, but because she holds up as the Doctor’s equal. Companions aren’t typically allowed to be on equal footing with the Doctor, but perhaps River will succeed where Romana failed.
The White Guardian of Time commanded the Doctor to track down the six pieces of the Key to Time and insisted that Romana, (full name Romanadvoratrelundar, though she prefers “Fred” for short), tag along to help out. The Doctor wasn’t particularly thrilled to have her help, at least not in her first incarnation. Once the Key to Time mission was complete, Romana decided to regenerate pretty much for the heck of it, trying on new bodies the way you’d try on different t-shirts. In real life, actress Mary Tamm was replaced by Lalla Ward, who played Princess Astra in part six of the Key to Time series, and would (briefly) become Mrs. Tom Baker, which is how I come by the title for this article.
Susan Arendt, The Escapist, October, 3, 2011. (Link.)
The Doctor’s dating tips!
Time-addled London is really quite pretty
Not only does The Wedding Of River Song tie almost everything up, it moves along the bigger, 50-year story and effectively reboots the show. After seven years of saving the Earth/universe/future of humanity, The Doctor was in danger of becoming ubiquitous. Now, with everybody thinking he’s dead, things will be different. Next year we will presumably be back to covert operations under cover of darkness. And that gives us somewhere new to go.
Amy Pond shows some maternal badassery in not saving the life of Madame Kovarian. Once again, we see that there is nothing in the universe more fearsome than a mother’s love. ‘River Song didn’t get it all from you, sweetie.’
Mr and Mrs Pond ladies and gentlemen.
But still, my brain exploded behind my eyeballs when this happened:
Oh my god, Eleven. Stop being so damn FANTASTIC.
Cool office, though. Why do you have an office? Are you like a special agent boss lady or something? Not sure about the eyepatch though. … And you’ve got an office on a train, that is so cool. Can I have an office? Never had an office before. Or a train. Or a train slash office.
See Arthur talk about his desperation to get the script for the big season ender, and his thoughts from watching Matt Smith & Alex Kingston (River Song)’s big final scene. Learn why he describes the whole hour as “a brilliant piece of writing from Mr. Steven Moffat” and “tragic but still heartwarming…”
We really like his sweater.
Dorium: “And Doctor Song? In prison all her days?”