River Song

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River Song as in The Husbands Of River Song

Played by: Alex Kingston
Tenure 31 May 2008-present
First appearance Silence In The Library (guest)
Last appearance The Husbands Of River Song (guest)
Appearances 15 stories


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River Song, the primary alias of the third incarnation of Melody Pond, was a child of the TARDIS and the wife of the Eleventh Doctor. She was human with Time Lord characteristics, conceived by her parents, Amy Pond and Rory Williams, aboard the TARDIS as it traveled through the Time Vortex, and then raised and conditioned by the Silence. (A Good Man Goes to War) This gave her great strength, the ability to regenerate and a great understanding of the complex principles of time and space. She also had an augmented life span even without her regenerative capabilities, living for at least two hundred years without aging much. (The Time of Angels, Day of the Moon, A Good Man Goes to War, The Wedding of River Song, The Husbands of River Song) She loved the Doctor, and shared a long-lasting relationship with him. River was one of the very few people who knew the Doctor‘s true name. However, River did not truly believe the Doctor loved her back, believing him to be incapable of loving people. (Forest of the Dead, The Name of the Doctor, The Husbands of River Song)

Melody was stolen from her parents as an infant by Madame Kovarian to become a weapon of the Silence in their war against the Doctor. After a later regeneration, she killed the Eleventh Doctor, but then broke her mental conditioning to give her remaining regenerations to revive his corpse. Before doing this, the Eleventh Doctor asked her – still using the name Melody Pond – to give a message to someone named River Song. When told the message, she replied with, Well, I’m sure she knows. She then asks who River Song is, and learns that she is River Song. (Let’s Kill Hitler)

The Doctor and her parents left her to make her own way in the universe. With no connection to her family or the Silence, River became an archaeologist, ostensibly to track the Doctor through time. She crossed the Doctor’s path on several occasions, generally with the result that she was meeting him at progressively earlier points in his own time stream. Hoping to avoid temporal paradoxes, the Doctor gave her a diary to keep track of their meetings and to prevent her from revealing spoilers to him about his own future.

Again forced by the Silence, she made a second attempt on the Eleventh Doctor‘s life. Though actually unsuccessful, she was convicted of his murder and spent many years in Stormcage Containment Facility for it — apparently to convince the universe that the Doctor actually was dead. This confinement was made more bearable by escaping frequently to go out on dates with the Doctor. (First Night, Last Night) She was eventually pardoned, due to there being no evidence that the Doctor ever existed, and became a Professor of Archaeology. (The Angels Take Manhattan)

After a final adventure with the which ended with them spending a twenty-four year long night at the Singing Towers of Darillium, (The Husbands of River Song), she died saving the Tenth Doctor, Donna Noble, Strackman Lux, and the 4,022 people saved in the computer system in the Library. The Tenth Doctor saved her consciousness digitally to the Library’s computer system CAL. (Forest of the Dead) This data echo desired a true goodbye from the Doctor, and persisted for some time. (The Name of the Doctor)

Melody was conceived on or soon after her parents’ wedding night, aboard the Doctor’s TARDIS while transiting the Time Vortex. Melody’s mother, Amy Pond was kidnapped during or shortly after her honeymoon and replaced with a living flesh doppelgänger. The ganger functioned as an avatar through which Amy perceived existence as if she was present in place of the Ganger. In reality, Amy was taken to a church marine base on the Demons Run asteroid in the 52nd century to gestate Melody. Through some combination of the circumstances of her conception in the vortex, plus interference by the Silence, Melody developed Time Lord characteristics (A Good Man Goes to War) including regeneration. (Day of the Moon, Let’s Kill Hitler)


Melody was born on Demon’s Run. Melody’s mother Amy insisted using her maiden surname, Pond, for Melody. Amy opined that Melody Williams was a name of a geography teacher, whereas Melody Pond evoked a superhero. Amy told the infant Melody that she would never be alone, that her father was coming for them and not even an army could stop him. The centuries old Last Centurion would never let them down. (A Good Man Goes to War)

Within a month, Melody was replaced with a ganger and taken by Madame Kovarian to the 20th century to be reared to kill the Doctor. (Day of the Moon, The Almost People, A Good Man Goes to War) She was chosen for this task because of her conception in the Time Vortex. This gave her the potential for great strength and regeneration, to pilot the TARDIS and understand complex principles of time and space. (The Time of Angels, Day of the Moon, A Good Man Goes to War, The Wedding of River Song)

It was through her ganger avatar that Melody first met her father and the Eleventh Doctor. Melody’s connection to her ganger was severed, and her ganger thus liquefied, while her father and others fought to save her from the Headless Monks. (A Good Man Goes to War)


Melody was kidnapped and trained by the Silence to kill the Doctor; she later claimed this part of her life was a bit of a jumble to remember due to their memory-erasing powers. (Let’s Kill Hitler)

As a little girl, she ended up in an orphanage in 1969 Florida, under heavy security. (Day of the Moon) Melody was forced into an Apollo astronaut suit that the Silence upgraded with alien technology. The suit could move autonomously and would insert Melody into itself both for control and to provide sustenance. The suit’s artificial intelligence and communication faculties automatically put the frightened Melody in contact with the highest authority it could find: President Richard Nixon, at whatever telephone was closest to him at a given moment. Melody repeatedly rang Nixon, asking for help and describing the spaceman (the suit) going to eat her (autonomously place her within itself), but not knowing what help she needed or where precisely she was. (The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon; WC: Prequel

These telephone calls led to her first physical meeting with the Eleventh Doctor, and the earliest contact with him which she would presumably remember. From his and her parents’ perspective, however, they had yet to meet via her infant Flesh ganger on Demon’s Run. She approached the Doctor whilst in the space suit, prompting her mother to shoot at her in fear of the Doctor’s impending death; the suit’s visor was damaged, but Melody was unharmed. (The Impossible Astronaut / Day of the Moon)

She returned to Graystark three months later, to discover her mother in her room. Melody begged her for help, but Amy was confused because of a picture of herself with Melody as an infant. With the arrival of the Silence, Melody forced her way out of the suit and fled; she lingered long enough to see the Doctor once more. (Day of the Moon)

During the next six months, she made her way to New York City. She developed a terminal illness but knew she could fix it by regenerating. She was in an alley when she finally succumbed to her ailment in January 1970, and regenerated. (Day of the Moon, Let’s Kill Hitler)


By the 1990s, she was a child in Leadworth, still using the name Melody, going by Mels for short. Melody’s regeneration into Mels left her a toddler in the middle of New York. Mels grew up as a close childhood friend of her parents, who had no idea she was their daughter. She was often in trouble, with outbursts of reckless criminal behaviour into her adolescence. (Let’s Kill Hitler)

Mels attended Leadworth Primary School with her parents. During Year Three, she was the only person Veronica Stackmore was afraid of. One year, after Veronica stole Amelia‘s Raggedy Doctor doll, Mels dressed up in a mask and proclaimed herself the Sheep of Doom. She successfully scared Veronica into giving Amelia her doll back, but not before beheading it. Mels assured her mother that the doll could be repaired with some tape. When Amelia asked why adults did not believe the things Veronica did, Mels said she felt adults were dumb and that she might stay a kid forever. When Krampus and his goblins invaded Leadworth, the goblins told Mels they had heard many stories about her and then tried to attack her, but instead she used her super human strength to attack them. Afterward, Krampus trapped Mels, along with her parents, by wrapping them in Christmas wrapping. When Veronica denied Krampus, he and his goblins vanished, leaving only Mels with memories of the incident. After the school nativity play in which her parents played Mary and Joseph, Mels presented her mother with her repaired Raggedy Doctor doll and agreed with her grandfather that Amelia and Rory made a lovely couple. (Imaginary Enemies)

Mels held the school record for confiscated property. She once had Amy and Rory cause a distraction so she could sneak her confiscated items out of the teachers’ supply closet and then escaped over the roof and through the window of the teachers’ loo. (Nothing O’Clock)

Ironically, Amy largely reared Mels without knowing she was doing so. Amelia would wait for Mels outside of the headmistress’ office and lecture her after these incidents much in the way a mother customarily would. Mels was obsessed over Amelia‘s Raggedy Doctor, dreamt of marrying him and claimed in school that historical disasters were his fault because he did not intervene; all of these negative views of the Doctor. came from her conditioning by the Silence. All the while, she knew Amy and Rory were her parents and that she intended to kill the Doctor. Mels was also involved in stealing cars and buses. (Let’s Kill Hitler)

Mels eventually helped Amy see that Rory loved her after she spent an entire decade thinking he was gay; she thus ensured her own existence. By missing her best mates’/parents’ wedding on 26 June 2010, explaining later, I don’t do weddings, Mels delayed her first meeting with the Doctor by more than a year while also avoiding interaction with a future version of herself. (Let’s Kill Hitler, The Big Bang)


In Autumn 2011, Melody stole a car (again) and followed her parents to a cornfield, wherethe Doctor. had arrived due to their message. Introducing herself, Melody held the Doctor at gunpoint to get away from the police. Demanding to be taken to kill Hitler, Melody shot the TARDIS, causing it to crash into Hitler’s office in 1938, inadvertently saving him from the Teselecta. She was then accidentally hit by a stray bullet Hitler fired at the Teselecta, forcing her to regenerate; her new form was recognised as River Song by the Doctor and her parents. As programmed, River killed the Doctor using a lipstick containing an incurable poison. Cheerily calling herself a psychopath, Melody ran amok in Berlin, stealing clothes from patrons at the posh Hotel Adlon.

Melody becomes River

The Teselecta (which had taken her parents on board) decided to punish her next, but the Doctor stopped them. When her parents were in danger of being killed by its antibodies, Melody was surprised to see the Doctor ignore his pain for the sake of saving them. She also became jealous of the River Song he kept mentioning, demanding to know who she was. However, the Doctor had her pilot the TARDIS (which taught her how) to save Amy and Rory. Melody then agreed to give a message to River Song from the dying Doctor, and he whispered it in her ear. Asking who River was, Amy had the Teselecta turn into Melody’s new incarnation. Melody realised that she was the person the Doctor kept calling for help. Amy asked Melody what the Doctor whispered in her ear. Instead of answering that question, Melody asked her parents if the Doctor was worth it. Upon being told yes, Melody reawakened the Doctor and kissed him, using her remaining regeneration energy to bring him back to life. She passed out in the process.

The Doctor took River to the best hospital in the universe to recover. Knowing of her future as an on-and-off companion, he left a TARDIS-shaped diary as a gift, hoping to avoid spoilers, foreknowledge that might wreck the universe. (Let’s Kill Hitler) The next morning River found the clothes her parents left for her; she believed Amy bought them as there were too many short skirts. However, they had not left River anything to write in her diary with. The nurses called the closest antique shop and were able to secure a pen for River, the latter of which were extremely rare in the 52nd century, and she used it to make the first entry in her diary. (The Eternity Clock)

Hoping to find the Doctor once again, River entered the Luna University in 5123. When asked why she wished to study archaeology, River said she was looking for a good man. Her studies led to her knowing some of the Doctor’s locations in the past. (Let’s Kill Hitler)


The day River received her doctorate, Kovarian appeared with agents of the Church and the Silence. They seized her, forced her into a modified astronaut suit, took her to Utah on 22 April 2011 and submerged her in Lake Silencio to await the Doctor. (Closing Time)

When the time came to kill him, River drained her weapon pack to defy a fixed point in time. Time shredded into a reality where all history happened at once. She initially refused to rectify her error. River confessed to Kovarian that she had fallen in love with the Doctor. She also confessed this to the Doctor himself. At the top of the Great Pyramid with the Doctor, Amy and Rory, River said to the Doctor that she could not let him die and it would be her who would suffer the most if she killed him. After marrying the Doctor and sharing a kiss, she went through with his apparent murder to restore the timeline, knowing he was really safe inside the Teselecta. (The Wedding of River Song)


River was sentenced to twelve thousand consecutive life sentences in the Stormcage Containment Facility in the 52nd century for the Doctor’s murder. (The Time of Angels, The Pandorica Opens, First Night) She served the sentence to make the Silence believe him dead, but often escaped to spend time with her husband, then returned to her cell. They started on her very first night in the prison, when he paid a visit to bring her to Calderon Beta and explained to her the purpose of their diaries. (First Night) River would also escape from Stormcage on her own using her Vortex manipulator. During one such adventure, five years after her imprisonment, she encountered several Sontarans who shot at and chased her halfway across the galaxy after she asked them if they were on a hen night. She escaped into the TARDIS where the Doctor returned her to Stormcage via her vortex manipulator to prevent her from interacting with her past self and her future self. (Last Night)

Return to the Battle of Demon’s Run

Minutes after Kovarian had fled with her first incarnation at the end of the Battle of Demon’s Run, River appeared, announcing her presence with a prompt, Well soldier, how goes the day? and revealed her identity, first to the Doctor and then to her parents. (A Good Man Goes to War)

On one birthday, the Doctor took her to the last Winter Frost Fair on the River Thames in 1814. Stevie Wonder performed, not knowing where and when he had truly been brought, before being restored to his proper time. Back at Stormcage, River met Rory in his Roman garb. She refused to come aid them at Demon’s Run, saying she couldn’t be there until the very end. (A Good Man Goes to War)

Silence in America

On receiving an invitation from the Doctor, River escaped from Stormcage to meet Amy, Rory and him in Utah in the United States on 22 April 2011. (The Impossible Astronaut) The Doctor, inside a Teselecta double of himself, took them on a picnic where the Teselecta was shot by River’s younger self. Amy, Rory and River went to a cafe to find a version of the Eleventh Doctor two hundred years younger than the one inside the Teselecta. (The Impossible Astronaut, The Wedding of River Song)

River secretly revisited her childhood when she accompanied her parents, the Eleventh Doctor, and Canton Everett Delaware III to Florida on 8 April 1969 to find the little girl who kept ringing Richard Nixon. Adhering to the Doctor‘s rule against spoilers which could collapse time, she feigned ignorance of her childhood self’s identity. The only information she gave the Doctor about her old spacesuit was that which she could have reasonably determined by her inspection of it and she offered Amy and Canton no forewarning about what they would find in her old orphanage. Any knowledge she may have retained about the Silence she kept to herself. (The Impossible Astronaut)

River, Amy, Rory, Canton, and the Doctor split up to investigate the Silence over the next three months. By July, River was in New York City. She showed her reliance upon and faith in the Doctor and his TARDIS being in the right place and time to rescue her as she dove backwards out of the 50th floor of a building and into the TARDIS‘ swimming pool. She helped the Doctor defeat the Silence by using their brainwashing of humanity against them, while making sure she did not meet her first incarnation. River killed all of the Silence who were holding her mother hostage. At her request, the Doctor returned her to Stormcage, where she kissed him. He was shocked and she realised that from his perspective, it was their first kiss. (Day of the Moon)

The opening of the Pandorica

In 5145, the TARDIS rerouted a phone call for the Doctor from Winston Churchill to River. She escaped to warn the Doctor of a prophecy of the TARDIS exploding. She blackmailed a Time Agent’s vortex manipulator off Dorium Maldovar and stole a painting from Liz Ten showing the TARDIS exploding and space-time coordinates. She graffitied a diamond cliff at the dawn of time with the coordinates, then travelled to England in 102 AD to meet the Eleventh Doctor and Amy. The Pandorica lay under Stonehenge, transmitting a signal to summon an alliance of the Doctor‘s enemies. The Doctor got them to back off and sent River to fetch the TARDIS. Instead, it took her to Amy‘s house on 26 June 2010. When River told him the date, the Doctor realised the TARDIS was about to explode and told her to escape. (The Pandorica Opens) Unable to leave, she was trapped in a time loop of the first moments of the explosion. (The Pandorica Opens / The Big Bang). The Doctor rescued her in 1996, told her his plan to use the Pandorica’s restoration field to reverse the Total Event Collapse of the universe and was shot by a stone Dalek. River told the Dalek to look in its data banks for her, taunted it into begging for mercy, then killed it.

After the Doctor had restored the universe by erasing himself, River left her now blank diary at her parents’ wedding so Amy could remember him back into existence. After a brief conversation about her marital status and identity, River told the Doctor he was going to find out very soon now and I’m sorry, because that’s when everything changes, and left him wondering. (The Big Bang)

Temporal Anomalies and the Eternity Clock

In 5145, River escaped from her cell in the Stormcage Containment Facility using her hallucinogenic lipstick, after receiving a phone call saying that the Doctor needed her help. She located her vortex manipulator and used it to travel to London in 2012 where she rescued her stranded husband.

She helped the Doctor fight off Cybermen, Daleks, Silents, and Silurians in different eras of London; each had a piece of the fabled Eternity Clock to fuel their plans against humanity. She and the Doctor collected the pieces and brought them back to the TARDIS, which was at the heart of a temporal storm being caused by the Eternity Clock pieces trying to pull themselves together.

River discovered, much to her shock, that there was an entry about the clock in her diary that she hadn’t written; the Doctor explained that it was due to the temporal anomalies the clock was causing to time. No sooner had this been explained, the clock began tracking all fixed points in time and began attempting to rewrite them. Adding to the insanity, the TARDIS was towed away with them inside for the ride. (The Eternity Clock)

The Crash of the Byzantium

River was put in Father Octavian’s custody in the 51st century for a mission to try to earn her pardon. She infiltrated the Galaxy class Byzantium to find its Home Box, into which she carved Hello Sweetie in Old High Gallifreyan and her temporal coordinates. This attracted the Doctor‘s attention twelve thousand years later, leading Amy (who at this point in time had not met River before) and the Doctor to her and Alfava Metraxis. (The Time of Angels) They defeated an army of Weeping Angels who had awakened in the planet’s Maze of the Dead. She hinted they would meet again by the opening of the Pandorica. (Flesh and Stone)

Following this adventure, she visited Amy and Rory after the Doctor‘s death and exposed some of the truth behind her many lies to her parents. (The Wedding of River Song)

A pardoned woman

River was later pardoned and released from the Stormcage Containment Facility after it was discovered that there was no evidence of the man she had murdered having ever existed. This was due to the Doctor erasing himself from all databases as part of his return to the shadows. As a result of this, she returned to Archaeology and became a professor. (The Angels Take Manhattan)

River spent some time at her parent’s house, at one point being picked up for a date by the Eleventh Doctor, wearing a long black dress which her father did not approve of. (Pond Life) In another moment, River joined a date of her parents on the Doctor‘s initiative. Amy and Rory were disappointed by the unexpected double date. (Double Date)

River and the Doctor were repeatedly invited to attend the fish people’s annual parties. The Eleventh Doctor at one point decided to visit one of these gatherings, where (as River predicted) they were tied up, dipped in guacamole, and hung upside down over a fire pit. (An Adventure in Brine and Plaice)

River and the Doctor were chased by Judoons on Riftan Five. They were found because of her posts on the social network Bookface, but she defeated them by spamming their accounts with a game invitation. She showed jealousy that Leela and Polly Wright commented the Doctor‘s profile. (Timeliney Wimey)

The Doctor and the Ponds had to decide where to go for their bank holiday and their ideas were conflicting. River Song decided to leave them, making her own vacation plans as the Doctor and her parents went to Florana. (Summer Wholiday)

River arrived in 1938 New York City via her vortex manipulator (The Angels Take Manhattan) and set up the Angel Detective Agency where she was the sole employee, investigating the Weeping Angels‘ invasion of New York. During this time she went by the alias Melody Malone. She was there for at least a month before a man named Rock Railton hired her to investigate what he feared to be a murder plot against him involving the kiss of an angel. The following day, while attending a Starlight Studios party, she encountered an old man claiming to be Rock Railton, but believed him to a bum. When she encountered the man she recognised as Rock, he had no memory of their meeting in her office the previous day.

After dealing with two thugs that were hired to kill her, River returned to her office only to receive a call from head of Starlight Studios, Max Kliener. She agreed to meet him at his studio the next afternoon, where she was reintroduced to Rock, who claimed to remember their prior meeting. However, River knew he was lying when she asked about giving him coffee and he pretended to remember this although it never happened. She also noted that Giddy Semestre, Rock’s co-star, also did not remember meeting her the day before at the party.

Max then led River down a block from the main studio and revealed to her a room full of giant bell jars filled with what appeared to be clones of Rock Railton, Giddy Semestre, and of Max’s bodyguard, Hank Sissy. Max explained that they were not clones so much as everyday people who had had their flesh redistributed in their bodies to make them look identical to their template bodies. To do this, he had used the kiss of an angel. The duplicates did not live very long, however, and were in fact growing old and dying out faster and faster because the Weeping Angel he was using to create his duplicates was growing stronger and therefore absorbing more and more of the victims’ energy. Max planned to transform River into a copy of Giddy Semestre, but River kissed him using her hallucinogenic lipstick and managed to escape by killing the Hank copies and pushing Max into the arms of his Weeping Angel, who kissed him and turned him to dust.

As River was reversing the process to turn the other transformed victims back into themselves and escort them to safety, she was unaware that the Weeping Angel was being stolen from behind the curtain it was sitting behind via an escape hole that had been cut into the wall. She returned in time to see a van speeding off, presumably with the Angel inside. (The Angel’s Kiss: A Melody Malone Mystery)

After River’s run-in with Max Kliener and his Angel, River met her husband in Manhattan, along with her parents. Rory was sent back in time to 1938 New York City by one of the Angels and met River. Amy and the Doctor had difficulty following him since all the time energy the Angels had consumed made time travel difficult. With the help of a Chinese vase as landing lights, they managed to get through but found River trapped in the grip of one of the Angels; she had to break her wrist to escape and the Doctor used up some of his regeneration energy to fix it. Rory was locked in a cellar with a group of baby Weeping Angels but instead of sending him back in time, they just sent him to Winter Quay. When River, Amy and the Doctor found Rory, they also found an older version of him, dying in a bed. After that they heard loud thumps, made by the Statue of Liberty, which had become a Weeping Angel.

With the Angels closing in, River, her husband and her parents were forced to flee towards the roof and got separated on the way up. The Statue of Liberty was waiting for them and Rory and Amy decided to sacrifice themselves to create a paradox which would poison the Angels food source and kill them. River and the Doctor watched in horror as Amy and Rory threw themselves off the roof, and the paradox killed all the Angels except one, who somehow managed to survive.

The group found themselves in a graveyard that had a gravestone with Rory’s name on it. As they were preparing to leave, a surviving Weeping Angel ambushed them and sent Rory back in time. Because of the paradox, and all the poisoned time energy, the Doctor couldn’t take the TARDIS to find him. Amy decided to allow the Angel to touch her so that she could be with Rory. After a tearful goodbye to River and the Doctor, Amy turned away from the Angel and allowed it to touch her so that she could live with Rory for the rest of her life.

The devastated Doctor asked River to travel with him. River said she would go with him anywhere, but not all the time, as there was only room for one psychopath on the TARDIS. Under the name Melody Malone, River went upstairs to write the book that led the Doctor to 1930s New York and said that she would get Amy to write the afterword when she sent it to her for publishing, in hopes that the Doctor would listen to Amy. (The Angels Take Manhattan)

Shortly after her adventure in Manhattan, River learned that King Hydroflax had the Halassi Androvar diamond imbedded in his head and married him to get at it though she would later insist that she married the diamond, not Hydroflax. She also married Ramone, but erased his memory of it as he was annoying her. As part of her plan, River called upon a surgeon and had Ramone search for the Doctor using pictures of the twelve incarnations known to her. She also had Nardole collect a surgeon. Unknown to her, Nardole inadvertently collected theTwelfth Doctor. River was unaware of the existence of the the Doctor, having believed untilthen that the Eleventh Doctor was the Doctor‘s final incarnation. River brought the Doctor to Hydroflax, claiming to have brought the Doctor to save him when really she wanted him to remove Hydroflax’s head so she could get at the diamond. The Doctor repeatedly tried to tell her who he really was, but she didn’t pick up on it. Hydroflax eventually revealed himself to be a cyborg and discovered her deception. River used her sonic trowel to stun Hydroflax’s guards, but was unable to harm his body. After the Doctor threatened Hydroflax’s head, he ordered his body to back off which the Doctor and River realized had its own controlling computer. River then had Ramone teleport her, the Doctor and Hydroflax’s head away.

After teleporting a few feet above the ground, River was shocked at the Doctor finding humor in the situation until he told her that it was because they had a bag threatening them. River kissed Ramone when he appeared to the Doctor‘s annoyance and found that he’d had no luck finding the Doctor who kept trying to tell her that he was the Doctor. River decided to use the TARDIS without him and then return it before he noticed, indicating she had done it before, but was unable to pilot the TARDIS away as Hydroflax’s cyborg body was outside. Using Ramone’s head, the body got her to open the door and entered. As River dodged the body, the Doctor closed the doors and the TARDIS took off, eventually landing on the Harmony and Redemption.

Fleeing the TARDIS, River got Flemming to deadlock seal the hold to keep in Hydroflax’s body and used a spay to put on a dress. River told the Doctor she intended to sell the diamond and looked through her diary as they waited for her buyer. When asked why she looked so sad looking through it, River explained that the man who gave it to her was the kind of person who knew exactly how many pages she’d need and it was almost full. She also indicated she didn’t love the Doctor but simply found him useful. Eventually Scratch arrived to buy the diamond, giving River a device that would connect her to every bank in the galaxy to get her payment, but then revealed himself and every other person in the room to be followers of Hydroflax. As the Doctor tried to buy time by bargaining for Hydroflax’s head, Flemming arrived with his body which determined Hydroflax’s cellular degradation irreversible and after being ordered to do whatever it took for him to survive, vaporized his head.

To give the body the perfect head, Flemming stole River’s diary and recounted her adventures in hopes of finding the Doctor to use his head to replace Hydroflax’s. River reminded him she has a significant history of escaping and threatens to kill him once she does. When Flemming demands to know where the Doctor is as he loves River, River tells him the Doctor doesn’t love her and to the Doctor‘s surprise, a scan shows she truly believes this. River admits she loves the Doctor, but explains she feels its like loving a star: you can’t expect it to love you back and she doesn’t expect the Doctor to show up and save her. Seeing the Doctor‘s face, River realizes the Doctor has been with her the whole time and he greets her with a hello, Sweetie. Discussing escape plans, River reveals a meteor storm is about to strike the ship and kill everyone and she planned her position perfectly. As the storm strikes the ship, the floor breaks under River and the Doctor, dropping them to a lower floor.

Catching the diamond in her dress, River asks the Doctor about his new face and he explains that something had happened which she is unsurprised by. (The Time of the Doctor) As Hydroflax’s body crashes down, the Doctor sends River to stabilize the ship while he deals with the robot. The rest of the crew having fled, River has no luck controlling the ship even with the Doctor‘s help. As they fly out of control, River recognizes Darillium nearby and reminds the Doctor about how many times he’d promised her a date there and canceled at the last minute. The Doctor tricks River into teleporting into the TARDIS while he tries to save the ship, but she materializes the TARDIS around him instead. As they argue about who will save the ship, they realize they are seconds from crashing and flee into the TARDIS. The TARDIS shields them from the crash, but the impact knocks River out. (The Husbands of River Song)

A Night in Darillium

After the crash of the Harmony and Redemption on Darillium, the Doctor finally stopped avoiding what he knew to be coming and gave the diamond to a workman to build a restaurant facing the Towers. He then traveled forward in time and made a reservation at the restaurant for four years in the future on Christmas Day. River emerged from the TARDIS to be greeted by Ramone and Nardole who now had control over Hydroflax’s body and went to see the Towers with the Doctor who gave her a sonic screwdriver as her first gift from him. His reasoning was he didn’t like the idea of her sonic trowel. River revealed that some of the stories she’d read about her and the Doctor stated that Darillium was their last night together, but the Doctor refused to confirm this, just telling her that it wasn’t the end for them. The Doctor told River that there’s no such thing as happily ever after, but River insisted what was important was time and described how the song of the Towers was always there when she said it was hard to love a monolith. Recognizing that this was the end, River asked the Doctor how long a night on Darillium lasted and the Doctor told her it was twenty-four years. (The Husbands of River Song) She later said he had wept as he said goodbye. He knew, although she did not, that her death was imminent. He gave her an upgraded version of his sonic screwdriver. (Silence in the Library / Forest of the Dead)

In the 51st century, River was hired by Strackman Lux for an expedition to the Library to learn what had happened there a hundred years earlier. A cryptic message had been sent: 4022 saved. No survivors. Expecting trouble, she contacted the Doctor by psychic paper. The version of the Doctor who turned up, then in his tenth incarnation, had not yet met her. Bewildered, he agreed to help River’s team.

River still had her battered diary of her life with the Doctor . She tried to use it to find the Doctor‘s place in his timeline, but realised he was a far younger version who neither knew nor trusted her. (Silence in the Library)

As the threat of the Vashta Nerada worsened, River knew she must prove she was someone he would come to trust completely. With profuse apologies, she whispered his true name into his ear. The Doctor was stunned and River had won his trust.

The Doctor planned to rescue Donna, Strackman and more than four thousand others trapped in the Library datacore by adding his memory space to the Library computer’s. Removing the four thousand minds trapped inside the data core CAL would reset the computer and stop the countdown to the Library’s autodestruct after it had been activated, but also sacrifice the Doctor‘s own life. River knocked the Doctor out, handcuffed him and took his place. She pleaded with him to not change their history, not a moment of what had or would come for them. She realised he had always known this was coming. The Doctor began to babble questions. River smiled, said, Spoilers and was killed as the autodestruct countdown was stopped.

The Doctor reasoned his future self had given River his sonic screwdriver for a purpose. Inside it was a neural relay holding her data ghost. The Doctor saved River by uploading her into the virtual world in CAL. CAL had also saved the data ghosts of her archaeological team, giving her company in the virtual world. River would take care of Donna‘s two virtual children and Charlotte (the girl wired into the mainframe) in the virtual world, reading out her diary of her many adventures with the Doctor and how sometimes everybody lives when the Doctor comes to call. (Forest of the Dead)

After River’s death, she, Vastra, Jenny, Strax and Clara were brought into a dream-induced conference call. There, she learnt that the murderer Clarence DeMarco revealed to Vastra the co-ordinates of the Doctor’s tomb. The Great Intelligence, having kidnapped Vastra, Jenny and Strax, then told Clara to take the Doctor to Trenzalore, the place of the Doctor‘s death, if the others wished to be saved. River kept in contact with Clara through keeping the link open, though only Clara was able to see her.

When Clara and the Doctor arrived at a gravestone bearing River’s name in Trenzalore, Clara again saw the echo of River, which guided her. She also explained to Clara about her death and what the Doctor did for her, and later saved the Doctor’s friends by giving in to the Great Intelligence’s demands and opening the Doctor’s tomb by saying his name.

After Clara entered the Doctor‘s time stream, River tried to stop him from following her, even though she believed that he could not see her. When she went to slap him however, the Doctor caught her hand and explained that he was able to see her all along, and they shared a kiss. River requested that the Doctor say goodbye to her but he didn’t know how, so she said the only goodbye she would accept was one where he would see her later. Right after he granted her request, she revealed that she was mentally linked to Clara, and would not still exist if Clara had died. When he asked how, she said, Spoilers! and her last words to him in this encounter were, Goodbye Sweetie. River’s incorporeal form faded away, leaving the Doctor to realise that River had only made herself visible to him. To the Paternoster Gang, and his embarrassment, he had appeared to passionately kiss thin air. (The Name of the Doctor)


Adventures with the Eleventh Doctor

During her imprisonment in Stormcage, the Eleventh Doctor and River visited Easter Island and met Jim the Fish. (The Impossible Astronaut, The Husbands of River Song)

River attended a party with the Eleventh Doctor and helped him search pet shops for a Queen of England who had become a goldfish. (Bad Night)

River and the Eleventh Doctor had an adventure involving a euphonium, a biplane and someone named Marilyn. (Good Night)

The Eleventh Doctor and River had a misadventure on the Planet of the Rain Gods. (Rain Gods)

River claimed to have pictures of all the Doctor’s faces (The Time of Angels) and indeed proved to have pictures of the first twelve incarnations of the Doctor, including the War Doctor. (The Husbands of River Song)

River referred from her journal she shared an adventure with the Doctor in the Bone Meadows in a time before the crash of the Byzantium, (The Time of Angels) and had a picnic with him at Asgard in their early days. (Silence in the Library, The Husbands of River Song)

The Doctor took River and Jim the Fish out for karaoke in the 48th century. (The Eternity Clock)

An incarnation of the Doctor took River to the Frost Fairs for her birthday. River also suggested to Rory that she encountered two versions of the Doctor during a whole different birthday. (A Good Man Goes to War)

The Twelfth Doctor recounted when River and he once had a fight that ended with him living among otters for a month. (The Caretaker)

River’s diary showed she had met nine of the first ten incarnations of the Doctor, but erased their memories of her with mnemosine recall-wipe vapour to avoid corrupting his timeline. Her opinions on the Doctors were varied. She considered the First Doctor to be boring, because he spent his time hanging out with teachers; she met him at 76 Totter’s Lane: when she heard Susan Foreman’s voice calling, Grandfather? she wrote, My hand leapt to the manipulator and I got out of there in a shot. That is a conversation I am not ready for yet! She held the most animosity toward the Second Doctor, after he offered to show her this cool place on Telos. She angrily wrote, I saw right through that (and I hope he chokes on that recorder). The Third Doctor was one of her favourite incarnations, with her remarking they had a lot to talk about. She discovered that the Fourth Doctor held a passion for scarves, having a whole room of the TARDIS dedicated to his collection. She noticed the Fifth Doctor‘s obsession with the Eye of Orion, which she was misled to believe was a nightclub. She did not like the Sixth Doctor as much, considering his abrasive personality and appearance to be like a clown put through a woodchipper. She found the Seventh Doctor surprisingly Scottish. River loved the very elegant and cultured style of the TARDIS console room that the Eighth Doctor used. She accidentally set the Ninth Doctor off after mentioning the Time War and learned very quickly it was a bad idea to discuss it at all. (The Eternity Clock)

Other events

River claimed to have dated androids (Silence in the Library) and a Nestene duplicate. (The Big Bang)

River sent her mother a tube of hallucinogenic lipstick for Mother’s Day. (The Broken Man)

At some point, River Song and Kate Stewart were photographed together. (The Day of the Doctor)

River once encountered Zygons and taunted them by saying, What’s up, suckers? (The Eternity Clock)

River indicated that she stole the TARDIS many times and returned it before the Doctor ever noticed. (The Husbands of River Song)

River had at one point been transporting dragon eggs on the Starship Harmony and Redemption when there had been some trouble with them in the baggage hold. The staff at the Starship remembered this for her future visit and installed a deadlock seal. (The Husbands of River Song)

River Song will appear in series of audios called The Diary Of River Song


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