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I am a sucker for tragic romance, and this has no shortage of it. River Song and The Doctor are one of my favorite fictional couples ever.
I’m going to outline a few parts of their relationship that are so heartbreakingly beautiful I can barely handle it.
His lasts are her first and her first are his lasts
The first time you meet River Song is the last time she ever sees The Doctor.
The first time you see River kiss The Doctor is the last time she ever kissed him.
But seriously. Read my article on Does a Sunset Admire you Back. I wrote a whole article on the heartbreak of this and how it was the real heartbreak of River Song.
Every time something like this happens I swoon and cry all at the same time.
You know it is over before it starts
She dies in the first episode. How much more tragic can you get? I cried even before I knew her.
There are now many explanations of how she didn’t really die in the library (thank you Big Fish). But it was the cannon end of their story for years.
This is the epitome of romantic tragedy.
The Doctor has many regenerations so she never knows what face she is getting
She didn’t recognize Twelve in The Husbands of River Song. She had a portfolio full of the different pictures of the doctors she could run into, but that was not one of them.
Can you imagine having a husband whose had thirteen different bodies?
This is another moment that regularly pops up, rips my heart out, and tromps all over it.
She is “The woman born to kill the doctor.”
Admittedly there are a few confusing points in this particular plotline, did she kill him or not? Well, which reality are you in?
But no matter that timeline it is, she spent at least three regenerations thinking, planning, and being trained to kill the doctor.
River Song is The Doctor’s “Bespoke Psychopathic”. His specific crazy created just for him.
It is another reoccurring thing in their relationship. Even after she saves him, neither one of them forget what her lot in life was.
Their regular jokes about having a normal life
“Just you wait until my husband gets home.” “Sorry I’m late. Traffic was Hell.”
They love to play pretend house, but it is a heartbreaking reminder of the fact that they are anything but a normal couple.
What do you love about The Doctor and River Song?