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River Song


“River Song”, the primary alias of the third incarnation of Melody Pond, was a “child of the TARDIS” and a 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 conditioned by the Silence. (TV: 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. (TV: The Time of Angels, Day of the Moon, A Good Man Goes to War, The Wedding 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. (TV: Forest of the Dead, The Name of the Doctor)

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. (TV: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. (TV: 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. (TV: The Angels Take Manhattan)

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. (TV: Forest of the Dead) This data echo desired a true goodbye from the Doctor, and persisted for some time. (TV: The Name of the Doctor)


Profile


Personality
In her first incarnation as the “little girl”, Melody was shy, innocent and terrified of the “monsters” who had trapped her in the spacesuit. (TV: The Impossible Astronaut) Her second incarnation, “Mels”, was sassy, often in trouble and chased by police just before her regeneration. She resented the Doctor and blamed him for historical disasters, but wanted to marry him. She was quite reckless and daring, stealing vehicles to go on joyrides. Along with her rebellious behavior, she had a dangerous curiosity that led her to fire off a gun in the Doctor’s TARDIS to test out if it had a temporal grace blocking the use of firearms, which was a bluff. Her bullet pierced the time rotor and sent the TARDIS spinning out of control with a great volume of toxic gas pouring out of the hole it made in the damaged casing. Mels also liked to use the phrase “penny in the air…and the penny drops”, when people around her were slow on the uptake to realize something that she clearly understood, then finally became aware of the truth. (TV: Let’s Kill Hitler)

In her last incarnation, River was very strong-willed; though brainwashed and raised to kill him, she decided the Doctor was “worth it” and saved his life, giving up all her regenerations to do so. (TV: Let’s Kill Hitler) She resisted the upgraded astronaut suit and refused to kill him, heedless of the consequences. (TV: The Wedding of River Song)

River was frisky and cheeky like her mother, Amy. Like her father, Rory, she was stubborn, responsible and fiercely compassionate. She enjoyed showing off for the Doctor. She teased him and liked using the word “spoilers” whenever the subject turned to the Doctor’s future. This began when the Doctor assigned her to document their adventures in the TARDIS diary. She adopted the word from the Doctor. He, however, used the word with Donna before he met River, establishing that not only he did not learn it from her, he foreshadowed her saying it to him when he met her. (TV: Silence in the Library, Last Night) She kept her diary from him (TV: Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead) and hid that his death at Lake Silencio was a hoax from everyone except her parents, waiting until the time was right to confide the real fate of the Doctor, without altering the course of a fixed point in time. River visited Amy and Rory after they found out that she was their daughter. (TV: The Wedding of River Song)

As soon as Amy and Rory knew they were her parents, she happily stopped calling them by their first names and called them Mother and Dad. She only used their given names when referring to them with a third person such as the Doctor. (TV: Let’s Kill Hitler, The Wedding of River Song, The Angels Take Manhattan) She also learned a lot from her parents. For example, when she was younger, she would back off from the Doctor’s verbal onslaughts until Amy’s support and push taught her to not back down. (TV:The Wedding of River Song, The Impossible Astronaut, The Angels Take Manhattan)

River seemed at ease with being kept in prison much of her life for a crime she didn’t commit and often flirted with the guards or made jokes about the facility, even once stating that she was “breaking in not out” which seemed to be a subtle taunt to the security of what was supposed to be an extremely secure prison. (TV: Flesh and Stone, A Good Man Goes to War) She was able to escape from prison “as though the walls aren’t there” according to the Doctor. (TV: First Night) Nevertheless she did work towards earning a pardon, eventually succeeding when the Doctor deleted records of himself from the universe. (TV: Flesh and Stone, The Time of Angels, The Angels Take Manhattan)

River loved flirting with people and was constantly hitting on the Doctor, although she also had a tendency to flirt with other people such as prison guards and Hitler’s soldiers. She often greeted the Doctor with the words “Hello Sweetie”. (TV: Silence in the Library, Flesh and Stone, The Pandorica Opens,Let’s Kill Hitler, The Wedding of River Song) She was also rather vain, believing that her cleavage “could fell an ox at twenty feet”. (TV: The Angels Take Manhattan)

River was very confident in her abilities and she was very hard to intimidate, showing no fear when faced with the Weeping Angels, the Silence or the Vashta Nerada. She was also very good at hiding her emotions, and didn’t like to show weakness. She was devastated when her parents were stolen by a Weeping Angel but unlike the Doctor she encouraged Amy to go to be with Rory and didn’t break down after the Angel transported Amy away, showing a far greater level of self control than her husband, and watching the Weeping Angel so it could not attack them while the Doctor looked away. (TV: The Angels Take Manhattan)

River was deeply in love with the Doctor, even though she had been raised to kill him. She teased Madame Kovarian about the mistake she made by kidnapping her since Kovarian was partially responsible for her falling in love with the Doctor in the first place. In her younger years, River was rather selfish since she was willing to sacrifice the entire universe in order to protect the Doctor. (TV: The Wedding of River Song) However, as she matured she grew into a much more selfless person and showed a willingness to sacrifice herself, eventually giving her life to save the Tenth Doctor. (TV: Forest of the Dead, The Time of Angels)

River learned a hard lesson when she first met Clara Oswald. Surprised to meet the newest companion since her and her parents’ deaths, she asked if the Doctor had talked about her. She was very hurt when Clara told her the Doctor had never talked about River, nor said he had a wife at all. He had only mentioned that he had known a Professor Song. The Doctor never came to say goodbye to her or rescued her beloved diary from the Library on the day it was safe from the Vashta Nerada. She became a guide and helped Clara when The Doctor went to the Field of Trenzalore, even going as far as revealing some secrets of how she came to be. She saved Clara, the Doctor, and everyone else from the Whispermen by saying the Doctor’s real name, first muting her connection with Clara so this secret couldn’t be heard by anyone except the TARDIS. (TV: The Name of the Doctor)

River shared the Doctor’s habit of avoiding answering a question by answering a previous question. Likeher mother, she was able to follow the Eleventh Doctor’s train of thought so well that she could explain it to others. (TV: The Time of Angels)

River had varying opinions of the Doctor’s earlier selves. She didn’t like the First, Second, Sixth, and Ninth Doctors; she got along with the Third and Eighth Doctors, mistook the Tenth Doctor as her husband, and she remained somewhat neutral about the Fourth, Fifth, and Seventh Doctors, just voicing her shock at some of the traits they had. (GAME: The Eternity Clock)

Skills
Melody Pond was conceived in the TARDIS while it was traveling through the Time Vortex. This gave her some Time Lord DNA and because of this and the experiments of the Silence, she was be able to regenerate, despite the fact that both of her parents were human. In her final incarnation, River showed that she had enough control over regeneration to be able to use it to attack Hitler’s soldiers. She was also able to use it to bring the Doctor back to life after she poisoned him, although she had to use up all of her remaining regenerations in order to do so. (TV: Day of the Moon, Let’s Kill Hitler)

River was known as “the child of the TARDIS” and the time machine had taken a particular liking to her and taught her how to fly her. River was a very fast learner, becoming skilled at flying the TARDIS in a remarkably short time and she was able to control the time machine even more proficiently than the Doctor, despite the fact that the Doctor had been flying the TARDIS for centuries. (TV: The Big Bang, The Impossible Astronaut, Let’s Kill Hitler)

River also seemed to be well versed in temporal theory and advanced sciences, like Jack Harkness and the Doctor himself. In addition to her ability to fix, operate, and maintain the Doctor’s TARDIS, she was proficient with her scanner (TV: The Time of Angels, The Pandorica Opens, The Impossible Astronaut) and was able to build a timey-wimey distress beacon. (TV: The Wedding of River Song) She also was able to read and write Old High Gallifreyan (TV: The Time of Angels) and without benefit of the TARDIS Translation circuit she inscribed the oldest graffiti in the universe on Planet One. (TV: The Pandorica Opens)

In addition to piloting the TARDIS, River often used a vortex manipulator and was able to use it to get wherever she needed to be. She was able to escape from Stormcage easily, even without the Doctor coming to pick her up. (TV: The Pandorica Opens, The Impossible Astronaut, A Good Man Goes to War,First Night, Last Night) She sometimes made impressive entrances whilst using the Vortex manipulator, such as when she made a bright flash of light appear when she teleported to Demon’s Run. (TV: The Pandorica Opens, A Good Man Goes to War)

River was also incredibly strong and in her first incarnation she was able to force her way out of the spacesuit that had been holding her prisoner. Even when she was forced back inside the spacesuit in her last incarnation, she drained the energy from the weapon intended to kill the Doctor, despite saying that the spacesuit was in control. (TV: The Impossible Astronaut, The Wedding of River Song) In her second incarnation she demonstrated her superhuman strength when she fought with Krampus’ minions. (COMIC: Imaginary Enemies)

River was also extremely skilled with a gun, being able to shoot two of the Doctor’s hats, one of which had been on his head, and kill a whole group of Silents in order to protect her family. She was also able to spin her gun and shoot down a surviving Silent without even looking at it, despite their demonstrated ability to erase themselves from her memory when she wasn’t looking at them, suggesting she was still able to perceive either it or the other dead Silents in the room, or used her father’s reaction to the Silent he could see behind her. (TV: The Big Bang, The Impossible Astronaut, Day of the Moon) Despite being known for her guns, River didn’t carry one at all later in her life. (TV: First Night, Last Night, The Angels Take Manhattan)


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