River Song is a fictional character created by Steven Moffat and played by Alex Kingston in the . Author Gary Russell had planned to use River in the Twelfth Doctor novel The Big Bang Generation, but when on the Christmas special "The Husbands of River Song" being the Twelfth Doctor and River's first meeting. The Husbands Of River Song is the twelfth episode of Doctor Who to be broadcast on Christmas Day. As well as the annual specials that have been airing ever. With Hydroflax on the hunt for his crowning achievement, River Song reveals how she truly feels about the Doctor, unaware that he is much closer then she.
From left to right: Here, she encounters the Tenth Doctor David Tennant in the 52nd century and, though he has never met her, claims to be someone he will come to trust completely.
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At the end of the second episode, she sacrifices herself to save the people who were trapped in the Library's database, knocking out the Doctor before he can do the same.
In turn, he is able to upload a copy of her consciousness into a computer, allowing her to live on in a virtual world with the archaeological team she was with in the Library.
He achieves this via the use of a sonic screwdriver given to her by his future self. After Moffat took over from Davies as executive producer of the show, River Song reappeared in the series.
She leaves coordinates for the Doctor so that he may rescue her in the 52nd century, and together they investigate the crash of the spaceship Byzantium.
The Doctor, using River's vortex manipulatorteleports her out. At the close of the series finale, River ambiguously suggests to the Doctor that they might be married and tells him that he will soon learn the truth about her, after which "everything changes". As they enjoy a lakeside picnic, the Doctor is killed by an assailant in a space suit, and the trio give him a Viking funeralin Lake Silencio.
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Inthe present Doctor and company subsequently encounter a little girl Sydney Wade who wears the space suit, which River tells the Doctor is a life support unit; the suit has been designed by the hypnotic aliens known as the Silence.
Homeless, the girl is later shown regenerating in New York City, The name River Song comes from a recursive translation of Melody Pond via the language of the Gamma Forests, which have no ponds, only rivers, hence the translation of "Pond" to "River.
At some point after regenerating in New York, Melody becomes Rory and Amy's childhood friend Mels Maya Glace-Green and grew up with them, and enlightened them to their romantic feelings for each other and ensuring her own existence.
When adult Mels Nina Toussaint-White is shot, and regenerates into her next incarnation Alex Kingstonshe proceeds to do what she was created for: Persuaded she will one day become River Song, who the Doctor cares deeply about and places in great trust, Melody chooses to resurrect the Doctor with her own regenerative energy, losing any future regenerations.
The Doctor learns, however, that it is she who kills him in the future. At the end of " Closing Time ", on the day she receives her doctorate, the Silence and Kovarian recapture her and trap her in the space suit in order to kill the Doctor as history will record. In the series finale " The Wedding of River Song ", River refuses to kill the Doctor as she is supposed to, creating an alternate reality in which time has frozen and all realities are occurring at once.
In order to restart time and repair reality, the two of them must touch. The Doctor marries River and convinces her to repair the timeline by letting her know that he plans to fake his own death and how.
River goes to prison for his murder in order to corroborate the deception, though it is established that she regularly breaks out of prison to go on dates and adventures with him with the aid of hallucinogenic lipstick and other tricks. River appears again in the fifth episode of the seventh seriestitled " The Angels Take Manhattan "where she encounters the Doctor and her parents, Rory and Amy, in s New York City. At this later point in her timeline, she is a professor of archaeology and a free woman, having been released from the Stormcage Prison after the Doctor erased all evidence of his existence.
When her parents are sent permanently back in time by the Weeping Angelsto be forever parted from the Doctor, she arranges for Amy to leave the Doctor a message in the form of an epilogue in a book they have been reading written by her in the s. Although she agrees to travel with the Doctor for the time being, she declines his offer of being a full-time companion.
In " The Name of the Doctor "the deceased River's consciousness is summoned from the Library computer, where she has existed since "Forest of the Dead", into a psychic 'conference call' by the Doctor's friend Madame Vastra Neve McIntosh.
There, she and Clara Jenna Coleman learn that the Doctor's grave, "his greatest secret", has been discovered. River maintains the psychic link with Clara after the call ends, and counsels her throughout the discovery of the Doctor's tomb, although she seems to be invisible to everyone else.
After Clara enters the Doctor's time stream to save him from the Great Intelligence, who entered it first so he could destroy the Doctor in all his regenerations, the Doctor reveals that he could see River all along, but had been avoiding confronting her continued existence because it was too painful for him to bear.
After he kisses her, River feels closure and fades away.
However, before disappearing River points out that her continued presence indicates that Clara has not been destroyed by entering his time stream, and, therefore, he can save her. When the Doctor next encounters River, in " The Husbands of River Song "as the Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldishe does not initially recognise him and he is able to learn more about what she is like when he is not around.
The Doctor accompanies River from her perspective, shortly after "The Angels Take Manhattan" on a scheme to obtain a rare diamond.
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He learns that in addition to him, River has had several spouses, both male and female, and is not above ruthless behaviour as she goes about her work. He also discovers that she truly loves him, but that she also genuinely believes that he does not love her back.
She feels that the Doctor is above such petty emotions as love, and that he would never willingly jeopardise himself simply to help her.
River ultimately discovers that the man she's been having this adventure with is actually the Doctor, with a new face she doesn't have a record of, thinking he only had 12 regenerations and that she'd already seen his last one. The pair later crash-land on the planet Darillium, where River had told the Doctor in "Forest of the Dead" that they would have their last night together.
He uses time travel to ensure a perfect date, gives her the sonic screwdriver that she had in "Silence in the Library", and comforts her by revealing that the nights on Darillium last "24 years", giving River a happy life spent with the Doctor before her impending death in the Library.
In series opener " The Pilot ", a photograph of River is seen on the Doctor's desk in the university in which he is lecturing, beside a photograph of his granddaughter Susan Foreman.
River is also referenced in the episode " Extremis ", and it is revealed that she ordered her employee Nardole Matt Lucas to keep an eye on the Doctor for her in the event of her death. The serial helps explain the depth of the relationship shared by River and the Doctor — despite only appearing in 15 14 plus one flashback, as of episodes of the television series — when Amy Pond discovers that the Doctor goes on dates with River when Amy and Rory sleep at night in the TARDIS.
The Doctor is able to be rid of the two future Rivers, but not before learning from his future self that one of them is shortly to die in the Library adventure where he first met her.
River appears in a further direct-to-DVD mini-episode included with the series 7 box set, "Rain Gods". Although the Doctor is convinced that River knows who he is, she denies it. Being unfamiliar with his new set of regenerationsshe has an incomplete set of his faces and Ramone has only been able to find the TARDIS, not its owner.
River decides they will just have to borrow it instead, which she has apparently done before without the Doctor's knowledge. Using Ramone, it forces its way inside. Rather than return the diamond to the Halassi, River reveals that she intends to sell the diamond to a buyer named Scratch, who has secretly filled the meeting point with members of his own species.
After receiving payment, River and the Doctor discover that Scratch and his compatriots worship King Hydroflax and are after the diamond in his honour. Despite attempts to hide the bagged head containing the diamond, they are stopped from escaping by Flemming, who was tricked into entering the baggage area by an under-duress Ramone. Sensing that Hydroflax's head is beyond recovery and will die imminently, Hydroflax's body destroys it, leaving only the diamond.
Flemming interrogates River for the whereabouts of the Doctor, but she explains that although she loves the Doctor, they are mistaken in thinking that he loves her back. She insists that the Doctor is incapable of falling in love, that he is beyond such simple emotions, and that he doesn't care enough about her to place himself in danger whenever she's in trouble.
Then, upon seeing the steady gaze and mild smirk on the Doctor's face, River realises he has been with her all along. The Doctor confirms this by whispering "Hello sweetie". Being a time traveller, River knows the ship is about to be crippled by a meteor strike, which she uses as their escape plan, taking the diamond in the process.
As the ship is crashing, River discovers that they are heading towards the planet Darillium — home to the Singing Towers mentioned by the future River as the place where she spent her final night with the Doctor " Forest of the Dead ".
Having avoided taking River to Darillium for as long as possible to delay their last date together, the Doctor decides to give in to the inevitable.