I could be wrong, but next to the Doctor, River Song is the most-loved character in Doctor Who. And why not? She plays such a central role in the story, shrouded with so much mystery, and she kicks butt in a style that only she can pull off.
With two words, she elicits an array of reactions from Whovians – from anticipation to heart fluttering to “Oh, yeah!”.
By now, Whovians are all impatiently waiting for this Christmas Special – not that we don’t wait every year, but this year is extra special because River and the Doctor are going to be reunited!
As BBC reported, Steven Moffat has said “another Christmas, another special for Doctor Who – and what could be more special than the return of Alex Kingston as Professor River Song? The last time the Doctor saw her she was a ghost. The first time he met her, she died. So how can he be seeing her again? As ever, with the most complicated relationship in the universe, it’s a matter of time…”
And now is the time.
With months to go before we see the much awaited, potentially explosive, reunion, we thought it would be nice to reminisce about our favorite River Song moments. There are tons of what people will call the best River Song moments, but that is of course objective. So here are our top memories of River at her best.
Best River Song moments
River revealing who she is to Rory and Amy
From the get-go, River was a mystery. Before the actual reveal, we did see where the scene was leading, but River actually uttering the words was nothing but a bombshell.
“It’s me, I’m Melody Pond. I’m your daughter”
– A Good Man Goes to War
Watching this clip just made me tear up just like the first time I saw it.
River’s wedding and secret revelation about the Doctor to her parents
The Wedding of River Song
This is actually a 2-in-1 deal: River expressing just how much she loved the Doctor and the scene where she told Amy that he was still alive. The first one just about kills one with the intensity of the pulling of one’s heartstrings.
The second one is a mix of giddiness, tears of joy, and the silliness of the most complicated family on earth. If this combination isn’t one of the best River Song moments, then I don’t know what is.
River talking to Nazi officers
Sassy girl, that she is. And we’re not even going to talk about her nerves of steel.
“Well, I was on my way to this gay Gypsy bar mitzvah for the disabled, when I suddenly thought ‘Gosh, the Third Reich’s a bit rubbish, I think I’ll kill the Fuhrer’. Who’s with me?”
– Let’s Kill Hitler
River pissed at a Dalek
“I’m River Song, check your records again”. – The Big Bang
With these words, River reminds one of O-Ren Ishii chopping of Tanaka’s head.
River thought the Doctor was dead, and boy, was she pissed. The Dalek learned a lesson that day.
Don’t piss River off. Ever.
River’s last words to the Doctor
“Spoilers! Goodbye, Sweetie.” – The Name of the Doctor
Back then, we thought that these were most likely River’s last words to the Doctor. That in itself is enough to make this an awesome (albeit bittersweet) moment. While we now know that she’s coming back, we didn’t know that then.
The last two words, the exact opposite of what we love hearing the most from River, seemed a fitting end.
But, we’ll be seeing her soon. Though not soon enough, I say it’s better than nothing.
What are your favorite River Song moments?