Alex Kingston discusses Doctor Who and time travel.
I’ll be off the internet so I can watch “Day of the Doctor”.
I don’t want to find out about any… SPOILERS.
River’s heels being in with all the weapons. They were truly killer!
Doctor Who Poster: Time of the Angels
Steven Moffat Episodes — Night and The DoctorAmy: What? So, you sneak out at night to parties? You’re dressed up. You never dress up. Was River at the party?Moffat: I don’t know if we’d be allowed to [see what happens on The Doctor’s night’s with River]. Heaven knows, I think it’s important that characters keep secrets from their writers, and the Doctor has not given us the information about what happens on those nights. He’s a gentlemen. Gentlemen never tell.
River Song - A Strong (Female) Character
Let’s settle one thing first: River Song is tough. She remains calm in the face of flesh-eating shadows and Aplan temples filled with armies of Weeping Angels. She jumps out of space ships and dives off rooftops on the fiftieth floor. She tricks a black marketeer into relinquishing a vortex manipulator, she shoots a room full of Silents, and she makes a Dalek beg for mercy. She has a whole prison panicking whenever she starts packing – and after returning she calls to order breakfast. Even those who are under the (mistaken) impression that the character of River Song is merely a gun-toting, hyper-sexualised caricature have to at least admit that she is meant to be badass.
While that is certainly part of her appeal, this is ultimately not what distinguishes her as such an exceptionally strong character. It has taken me a while to fully grasp that the depth of my love for River Song comes from her ability to grow, face challenges and make decisions on her own terms. And that, arguably, would be the true mark of a “strong” character, female or otherwise.
Obviously, my understanding of the character contrasts glaringly with some of the more popular “critiques” (more often than not hate) regarding River Song – that her life revolves around the Doctor and that she possesses neither character development nor any agency on her own, being more a plot device than a well-rounded character. Ironically, allegations of shallowness tend to apply more to the quality of analysis in these cases than to the character examined. Although people’s subjective enjoyment of River Song is of course very much their own business and I can respect any civil discussion of why some aren’t fond of the character, many of the arguments brought up in connection to River Song are just plain wrong.
So, let me tell you about River Song. Let me tell you about Melody Pond.
FAVE QUEER LADIES ON TV: Dr Blanche Mottershead (Upstairs Downstairs)
I AM SO DONE WITH YOU