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

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  • 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.
  • 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
  • This was definitely a stronger finale than that of series 5, in spite of its shortcomings which (to me) includes the continuation of the romance between the Doctor and River Song aka Melody Pond.moreless

    The end of series 6 answers many questions, although the questions were from this particular series itself. Therefore the audience is given a semi-satisfaction of their curiosity.

    The alternate reality created when the Doctor was not slain is very entertaining. It is a colourful mixture of both science-fiction and steam-punk, with steam locomotives in use, hot air balloon cars, and many personalities of history existing simultaneously. It was rather amusing to have Churchill as "Holy Roman Emperor", and the Silurian scientist from the previous series as his personal physician. Also, a pleasant cameo from Charles Dickens who returns briefly long after his initial appearance in series 1.

    The vigilanteTeselecta shapeshifting robot and its miniaturized crew make another appearance posing as a member of the Silence; they assist the Doctor in his tracking of his unknown enemies. The Teselecta also serves as an integral part of the plot, as the Doctor's on-screen demise at the beginning of series 6 was revealed to be the robot vessel piloted by its crew and a miniaturized Doctor. This manages to technicallyfulfil the fixed point in time of the Doctor's death, which is somewhat insulting to the audience but is an acceptable method for the Doctor to survive once again.

    The creepy Madame Kovarian also appears, although this time as a prisoner of the anti-Silence movement lead by Amy and River. She continues to uphold her threatening visage even when captive. Kovarian shows a strong disdain for the Doctor surviving, and is almost comically repulsed by the relationship between the Doctor and River Song; this shows the character's consistency of being opposed to the Doctor in every way, even his personal connections. It is revealed that Kovarian was merely another agent of the Silence, and was not as important in the order as she had believed due to the fact that the Silence kill her just like their enemies.

    The enigmatic Silence remain just as large a mystery as they always were, which is both a strength and a weakness. The strength is that the creatures continue to hold the same aura of menace as they did in the series two-part opening. The weakness is that it is frustrating that once again the audience is still left in the unknown.

    A darker side of Amy Pond was shown just prior to Kovarian's demise; it was already established that she was despondent over having her child taken from her, therefore it was not completely out-of-character for Amy to not only ignore the Madame's pleas for help when she realised her expendability but also ensure that the fatal electrocution from the "eye drive" was delivered by pushing it into place.

    A welcome in-universe acknowledgement of the unnaturalness of the Doctor and River's relationship is shown when Amy, while conversing with a later version of her daughter Melody, realises that after the eponymous wedding she is the Doctor's mother-in-law. It is amusing to see her reaction; although it is not made clear whether she is shocked about being literal family to the Doctor now, about feeling old due to her daughter being married, or any other emotions.

    There were other returning and new characters which I may have omitted a mention, but for in general the supporting cast maintained the emotional and story-driven momentum of the episode.

    The question that when answered will cause "SILENCE TO FALL", is revealed to be nothing but the show's title itself. I feel rather foolish not noticing the "oldest" question earlier, as I am a fan of this show therefore making my ignorance more painful. Thus, the oldest question in the "whoniverse" is indeed "Doctor Who?" a phrase repeated at least once to every incarnation of the Doctor from First to Eleventh.

    This episode was a strong finale for an overall great series, even though many questions remain as frustratinglyunanswered as they were in the last series.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.