Staff WriterBefore I get started, I'll give you a fair warning:
Image courtesy of the BBCChild of the Tardis. Daughter of Amy Pond and Rory Williams. The Doctor's wife and one of the few who know his name. She is the woman who kills the Eleventh Doctor and the woman who gives her life to save the Tenth. She was born as Melody Pond but we know her best as River Song. For much of the show, River is an enigma. We meet her as the head of an archaeological expedition exploring The Library in the episode Silence In The Library in Series 4. She reveals that she knows the Doctor even when it's obvious that he neither knows nor trusts her.
Image courtesy of the BBCIn order to rescue his companion Donna and the rest of the people saved to the library hard drive, the Tenth Doctor attempts to connect himself to the library computer even though he knows this will most likely kill him. River knocks him out before he can do so, and takes his place, saying "If you die here, it'll mean I've never met you." However, the Tenth Doctor is able to upload her consciousness to the library hard-drive, allowing her to live in the Earth simulation. But that's not the last we see of River Song. After regenerating and taking on Amy Pond as a companion, the Eleventh Doctor encounters River once again in The Time of Angels.
Image courtesy of the BBCRiver Song then becomes not only a recurring character in series 5 and 6, but as a character central to their plots. The mystery behind her identity is constant question in series 6, which is answered when we find out that River Song is Melody Pond, the kidnapped daughter of Amy and Rory. And along the way, we witness the tragic love story between her and the Doctor, the Doctor always aware of her imminent "death" at the library and River knowing that due to their unsynchronized timelines, there will come a point in her life when the Doctor does not know her. River is quite a divisive character among Whovians. While River, with her hallucinogenic lipstick and "cleavage that can fell an ox at 20 feet," may seem like your typical "femme fatale" character, she is so much more than that. She proves time and time again that it is her skills, and not just her sexuality, that carries her through adventures with the Doctor. Just watch her use a gun. Become an archaeologist and eventually a Professor. Break out of high security prisons and then back into them. And even fly and land the TARDIS (better than the Doctor himself, mind you).
Image courtesy of the BBCLove her or hate her, you can't deny her badassery. Come on, even the Doctor himself calls her "hell in high heels." As young Melody, she escapes her captors, tearing herself out of a spacesuit designed to control her and fends for herself on the street. She regenerates into the childhood friend of teenage Amy and Rory. Her own parents become a couple due to a comment she makes about their hidden feelings for each other. Now who else can say they did that? After regenerating into River Song after being shot by freaking Adolf Hitler, she tries to kill the Eleventh Doctor, the task she's been conditioned since birth to perform. Despite all his efforts, the Doctor is outsmarted by River and poisoned. So now we have someone who's not only an equal to the Doctor but at times, a superior. But when she sees how much he loves her, she breaks through her conditioning that's been there since her birth, to save him with her own regenerating powers. In addition to that, River accomplishes the impossible again in The Wedding of River Song. Instead of killing the Doctor at Lake Silencio in a Silence-controlled spacesuit at 5:02:57 on April 22, 2011, a fixed point of time, she, well, just doesn't. You heard me. Fixed points of time have got nothing on River Song! This of course, rips apart time and there was stuff and shenanigans and the Doctor lives. But the point is that despite having her destiny created for her since birth, River has a tremendous amount of power over her own actions and future.
Image courtesy of the BBCRiver is cheeky and confident, bold and intelligent. Her constant flirting with the Doctor and his disarmament when she does is absolutely hilarious. Her selflessness and love for her parents is evident in Angels of Manhattan, when instead of imploring Amy to stay like the Doctor does, tells her that the best chance of being with Rory lies at the fingertips of the Weeping Angel. She maintains her composure and continues to watch the Angel even after losing her parents just to give the Doctor time to grieve. River is one of the most refreshing characters in science fiction and just in general! Although we hear the post-Library echo of River Song say a final "Goodbye, sweetie" in The Name of the Doctor, her effect on the Doctor and legacy on the show will never be forgotten. And if she does make an appearance in future episodes… well, we can expect those episodes to be just as epic as she is. And that's pretty damn epic.
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