Doctor Who

Season 6 Episode 13

The Wedding of River Song

Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Oct 01, 2011 on BBC America
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Episode Summary

The Doctor arrives at Lake Silencio in Utah because he needs to keep the universe safe - by going to his own death.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • The Wedding of River Song

    The Wedding of River Song was a perfectly brilliant episode of Doctor Who. I liked the crazy story and the characters were great. It was fun seeing the Doctor follow his path and how it all played out. There were definitely some intriguing moments, lots of action and surprising twists. The timelines all at once was like a trippy world of wonder. The Wedding of River Song was beautiful as was River's revelation to Amy. I look fforward to the next episode!!!!!!!!!

  • Did that really just happen... deary me, it did...

    With the thinnest plot imaginable, irritating performances all round, poor dialogue and a dodgy resolution, this episode brings a shaky series to a suitably shaky conclusion.
  • Love Song

    If you had to kill the one you love to save the universe would you? That is the revolving billion dollar question in this episode. I might be in the minority on this but this is one of my favorate episodes.

    What is interesting about the episode is that it's not an episode so much about the Doctor but really more about River.

    I like how the episode deals with free will vs fate, utilitarianism, and true there is an inconsistancy or two and certain aspects don't make a lot of sense, but this episode really isn't concerned so much about plot, the characters themselves are just as confused about things as we are. This is concerned on what the characters do and feel.

    I feel both the Doctor but mostly River were at their emotional best. I really seeing how conflicted River was in being forced into a terrible dillema of having to let the death of the Doctor happen in order for the universe to be saved. And you see she can't bring herself to do it despite what the universe decrees, it's sort of remoncient of the age old conflict in Greek Mythology of stories of mortals trying to defy and conquest over the Gods and fate. I can emphasize with what she feels, if I was put in that dilema with my girlfriend I wouldn't do it either. But I think in a way it shows that in reality none of us really want to save the world, it's the people or person in that world we want to save, because to us they're what make the world liveable and better. At least that's what I believe as well as River.

    And of course the Doctor is constantly trying to get River to comply to saving the universe. But as we see slowly but surely he is considering her feelings as well as his own for her. The wedding I thought was beautiful, personally I think both are a match for one another. Like with Batman and Catwoman despite slightly different idioligies both are the same split right down to the center. The fact that both are adventurers, they have the same ability, even their thinking patterns are the same. But most importantly the dynamic between both of them works because both have richer emotional investment with one another; sure the Doctor has had other women in his life but he never really was romantically invested in them (nor could he be due to his biology).

    Even like a little of that subplot with Amy and Rory, it was interesting seeing both in millitary uniforms and playing the roles. Amy is hot in the uniform, she just always looks so good when in uniform. But I like how Rory really looked like the white version of Nick Fury, and it was cool seeing him in action and how he conducted himself under preasure. There were two moments I really liked one when Amy came back to help Rory, it just shows even as alternate versions both still manage to connect. But I also like the profound moment when Amy gives Madame Cavarer a little speach about her daughter what Madame Cavarer stole from both of them but that Melody has nothing of Madame in her. I thought that was great because it's true, and once again shows how people that grow up on the wrong side of the tracks don't always turn bad. And of course Amy gets her revenge on Madame, I didn't feel sorry for Madame Cavarer after what she did to Amy and Melody not doing it; you play the game of evil your going to pay the price.

    But the ending was great, knowing the doctor I knew he would once again find a way out of his predicament, and it wasn't a cheat the way he got out makes sense and was hinted at in a place or two. One really funny moment was after Amy and River/Melody have their conversation the fact that River and the Doctor are married sinks in more when she realizes it makes her and Rory the Doctor's mother and father in law. I couldn't help but crack up because that is one hell of a conundrum, however I feel it also solidified the family dynamic between the Doctor and them. Depite how many people were in the Doctor's life, he's never really had a family of his own, he never talks about his mom and dad (I'm not even sure Time Lords have parients). In a strange way the Doctor has finally aquired a mother and father, kinda, sort of.

    So the Doctor will never really be alone anymore, he has a wife but also a family.

  • Great Finale to One of the BEST Seasons of Doctor Who Ever...

    I can't stand all you River haters out there.

    The Doctor needs someone who will push him - Alex Kingston as River Song masterfully lives up to the character that will eventually nab The Doctor...

    Out of any companion or space/time bimbo he meets up with, not a single character has kept the Doctor more on his toes than River Song. I think she's absolutely wonderful to watch and y'all are just haters.

    That being said, this episode, while not as strong as Season 5's finale, was still wonderful in it's own right. The arc of Season 6 has been the most fun to watch and get lost in... The Impossible Astronaut / Day of the Moon + A Good Man Goes to War + Let's Kill Hitler + Closing Time + The Wedding of River Song are some of my favorite New Who episodes ever.

    I can watch River and the Doctor flirt all day.moreless
  • good and bad....

    the story is good, I like it but one thing, did the doctor really forget about Rose Tyler ? the one that love him, make a decision to choose the doctor then going with her mother, Some people still think about Rose, and I'm wondering how is she doing in the other world with the Human doctor, I'm wondering about everything, Sarah Jane, Captain Jack, Martha Jones, Donna and her family, and the most is Rose Tyler...

    I really don't like about this, because Rose Tyler also love the doctor, changing the doctor by regenerating doesn't mean the Old memories gone right ?? he's acting like he forgot all of his friends, Captain Jack, Sarah Jane, Martha Jones, Donna Noble and her family, Rose Tyler and her family, and many one !

    My favorite is still the tenth and all of his wonderful friends + companions.

    and don't say this is the end of doctor who, Ok !?!!moreless
Simon Fisher-Becker

Simon Fisher-Becker

Dorium Maldovar

Guest Star

Ian McNeice

Ian McNeice

Emperor Winston Churchill

Guest Star

Richard Hope

Richard Hope

Dr Malokeh

Guest Star

Alex Kingston

Alex Kingston

River Song

Recurring Role

Frances Barber

Frances Barber

Madame Kovarian

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • The Doctor: I need to know about the Silence.
      Dorium: They're a religious order of great power and discretion. The sentinels of history, as they like to call themselves.
      The Doctor: And they want me dead?
      Dorium: Oh, not really. They just don't want you to remain alive.
      The Doctor: That's okay then. I was a bit worried for a minute there.

    • Dorium: What's the point in delaying? How long have you delayed already?
      The Doctor: I've been knocking about, a bit of a farewell tour. Things to do, people to see. There's always more. I can imagine a new color, save the dodo, join the Beatles. I have got a time machine, Dorium, it's all still going on. For me it never stops. Liz the First is still waiting in a glade to elope with me. I can help Rose Tyler with her homework. I can go on all Jack's stag parties in one night.
      Dorium: Time catches up with us all, Doctor.
      The Doctor: Well it has never laid a glove on me!

    • The Doctor: Amy and Rory. The Last Centurion and the Girl Who Waited. However dark it got, I'd turn around and there'd they be. If it's time to go, remember what you're leaving. Remember the best. My friends have always been the best of me.

    • The Doctor: Okay, you can turn around now. How do I look?
      Amy: Cool.
      The Doctor: Really?
      Amy: No.

    • The Doctor: And you've got an office on a train. That is so cool. Can I have an office? Never had an office before, or a train, or a train slash office.
      Amy: God, I've missed you!
      The Doctor: Okay, hugging and missing now.

    • The Doctor: Love what you've done with the Pyramids. How'd you arrange all this?
      River: Hallucinogenic lipstick. Works wonders on President Kennedy. And Cleopatra was a real pushover.
      The Doctor: I always thought so.
      River: She mentioned you.
      The Doctor: What'd she say?
      River: "Put down that gun."
      The Doctor: Did you?
      River: Eventually.
      Madame Kovarian: All that flirting. Do I have to watch this?

    • River: There were so many theories about you and I, you know.
      The Doctor: Idle gossip.
      River: Archaeology.
      The Doctor: Same thing.

    • The Silent: Rory Williams, the man who dies and dies again. Die one last time, and know she will never come back for you.

    • Amy: You and I should get a drink sometime.
      Rory: Okay.
      Amy: And married.
      Rory: Fine.

    • Dorium: So many secrets, Doctor. I'll help you keep them, of course.
      The Doctor: Well, you're not exactly going anywhere, now are you?
      Dorium: But you're a fool nonetheless. It's all still waiting for you. The Fields of Trenzalore. The Fall of the Eleventh. And the Question.
      The Doctor: Goodbye, Dorium.
      Dorium: The First Question. The question that must never be answered. Hidden in plain sight. The question you've been running from all your life. "Doctor Who?" "Doctor Who?" "Doctor Who"!

  • NOTES (2)

    • Mark Gatiss plays the role of Gantok under heavy makeup, using the alias of "Rondo Haxton." The name is a tribute to Rondo Hatton, a 1930s-40s American actor who suffered from acromegaly, a deformity of the bones of the face. This gave him an appearance similar to Gantok's. The disfigurement brought Hatton to Hollywood where he played a series of roles as killer and freaks, including the Hoxton Creeper in the 1944 movie The Pearl of Death, hence the actor alias of "Rondo Haxton."

    • Injoke: Besides Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart's death being acknowledged on-screen for the first time in the series (and by extension, the death of Nicholas Courtney, who played the Brigadier and died on 2/22/11), the fact that everyone is wearing an eyepatch is a tribute to the fact that one of Courtney's favorite convention stories was of the time when filming the original series episode "Inferno" and his character wore an eyepatch. During a take he turned around in a chair to reveal his "evil" character and discovered that everyone else had put on an eyepatch.