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One of my favorite fiction couples – River Song and The Doctor

This article contains MAJOR spoilers! Read at your own risk. All opinions are mine. I’m not affiliated with any of these entities. All photos are the property of their copyright holders. Header image Doctor is Mama D.

Thanks so much to all my River sisters who provided these photos!

River Song, Jessica Singleton.The Doctor, @diophantine12 or Ryan Gosnell. Photographer, The Portrait Dude. Wig, Hero Hair

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. 

Photographer Dokka Chapman. River Song, TIME LADY K. COSPLAY. The Twelfth Doctor is Mickey Wildman.

I’m going to outline a few parts of their relationship that are so heartbreakingly beautiful I can barely handle it. 

River Song is Always River. Doctor is Robert, Photographer is Galaxi Photography Cosplay Collection

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.

River Song, Cat Smith. The Doctor, Alex Boruff. Photographer Katie Bienvenue,

The first time you see River kiss The Doctor is the last time she ever kissed him.

River Song, Meghan Wages.

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. 

River Song, Heather Hoppen Campbell

Every time something like this happens I swoon and cry all at the same time. 

Photographer Dokka Chapman. River Song, TIME LADY K. COSPLAY. The Twelfth Doctor is Mickey Wildman.

You know it is over before it starts

 

River Song, Iso Rivers.

She dies in the first episode. How much more tragic can you get? I cried even before I knew her.

River Song, Jessica Singleton.The Doctor, @diophantine12 or Ryan Gosnell. Photographer, The Portrait Dude. Wig, Hero Hai

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. 

River Song, Meghan Wages. The Doctor, Eisenwille Steinherz

This is the epitome of romantic tragedy. 

River Song, Cat Smith. The Doctor, Alex Boruff. Photographer Katie Bienvenue,

The Doctor has many regenerations so she never knows what face she is getting

River Song, Caseys Watkins. Peter Capaldi as himself.

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. 

River Song, Meghan Wages.

Can you imagine having a husband whose had thirteen different bodies?

River Song, Caseys Watkins.

This is another moment that regularly pops up, rips my heart out, and tromps all over it. 

River Song, Pam Johnston Holmes. The Doctor, Laurie Johnston.

She is “The woman born to kill the doctor.”

River Song, Jessica Singleton.The Doctor, @diophantine12 or Ryan Gosnell. Photographer, Bryan Humphrey.

Admittedly there are a few confusing points in this particular plotline, did she kill him or not? Well, which reality are you in?

River Song, Time Lady K. Eleventh Doctor, Dylan Blackman.

But no matter that timeline it is, she spent at least three regenerations thinking, planning, and being trained to kill the doctor.

River Song, Meghan Wages.

River Song is The Doctor’s “Bespoke Psychopathic”. His specific crazy created just for him.

River Song is Always River. Doctor is Robert, Photographer is Galaxi Photography Cosplay Collection

It is another reoccurring thing in their relationship. Even after she saves him, neither one of them forget what her lot in life was. 

River Song, Lynne Marie Martins

Their regular jokes about having a normal life

“Just you wait until my husband gets home.” “Sorry I’m late. Traffic was Hell.”

River Song, Patricia Hargrove

They love to play pretend house, but it is a heartbreaking reminder of the fact that they are anything but a normal couple. 

River Song, Jessica Singleton.The Doctor, @diophantine12 or Ryan Gosnell. Photographer, Bryan Humphrey

What do you love about The Doctor and River Song? 

River Song, Time Lady K.The Tenth Doctor, @doc10clone (Adam Mann). Vashta Nerada, Shawn Hill. Photography and edit is by Bydeebee Photography (David Belton).

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