The Wedding of River Song


So intense, and it doesn’t make any sense, but it does. And “pterodactyls are vermin. Do not feed.” Bringing back Dickens, Churchill, a Dalek. “It’s always two minutes past five.” The Doctor reading a “Knitting for Girls” magazine. “Live chess” super creepy — the Doctor’s gotten ruthless. Except not so much: the person aimed a gun at him, and the Doctor still reached to save him as he fell through a trapdoor.

“Hell in high heels.” The question that must never be asked? “Silence will fall” takes on a new meaning. “I could help Rose Tyler with her homework. I could go to all of Jack’s stag parties.” The Doctor never came back for people (well, Rose and Amy and Rory) . . . and then when he realizes that the Brigadier is gone, all the steam runs out. He looks so old. He accepts his fate. “I had to die. I didn’t have to die alone. . . . If it’s time to go, remember what you’re leaving. Remember the best. My friends have always been the best of me.”

The Doctor reassuring River. “You are forgiven. Always and completely forgiven.” River: “Time can be rewritten.” The Doctor: “Don’t you dare.” Then, “Hello, Sweetie. . . . Fixed points can be rewritten.” River in control, and yet, almost brittle control, as though she’s just barely holding it together.

Amy looks gorgeous. Even with the eye patch. The Doctor trying to convince that Amy of the real time stream, shaking the TARDIS statue at her. And then they’re almost back to usual — no Rory (or rather, no Rory the Roman, Rory the husband of Amy).

A train going into a pyramid with a U.S. flag on it. Rory’s all take-charge. The Doctor’s trying to play matchmaker. “Hi, honey, I’m home.” “And what sort of time do you call this?” (“The Big Bang,” anyone?) River’s hair is glorious. “Who else was I going to fall in love with?” Their flirting/banter. “Why do you always have handcuffs?”

“Idle gossip.” “Archeology.” “Same thing.” Madame Kovarian like the Nanny with the Adipose. “It has activated, ma’am” just about broke my heart. “Know she will never come back for you” — and then she appeared! “River Song didn’t get it all from you, sweetie.” Another reminder not to mess with Amy Pond’s daughter.

“The Doctor is dying. Please, please help.” “You embarrass me.” So cold. Her words of how many people are there to help him, “you’ve decided the universe is better off without you, but the universe doesn’t agree.”

“I’ll suffer if I have to kill you.” “More than every living thing in the universe?” “Yes.” River is  . . . unbalanced. And so beautiful. And so in love with the Doctor.

“We got married and had a kid, and that’s her.” The wedding. Oh, and that kiss — a kiss that restarted time. Intense. And watching the second time around, knowing what was going on — almost better.

Amy waiting for wine with her daughter, mourning the Doctor. “I killed someone. Madame Kovarian. In cold blood.” “In an aborted timeline, in a world that never was.” River called her “mother.” “Rule one.” “The Doctor lies.” “So do I. All the time. Have to. Spoilers.” River seems so real, so honest, so different from how she interacts with the Doctor. Their little dance. So cute! “Of course I’m sure! I’m his wife!” “And I’m his . . . mother-in-law.” “Father-dear, I think mummy might need another drink.” I love their little family time.

“Days, yes. Her nights — well, that’s between her and me.” And then it ends with “Doctor Who.”

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