A Handy Guide to The Timeline of River Song

By Kitin Miranda | 10 months ago
A Handy Guide to The Timeline of River Song

The world of “Doctor Who” is a strange and wonderful one, full of interesting aliens and future versions of humanity. However, one of the most interesting recurring characters is Dr. River Song (Alex Kingston).  Now, just a day away from the Christmas Special “The Husbands of River Song”, Movie News Guide (MNG) presents a handy guide with regards to River’s timeline. WARNING: This article contains spoilers for the seasons involving the Tenth (David Tennant), Eleventh (Matt Smith) and the Twelfth (Peter Capaldi) Doctors.

Dr. River Song (Alex Kingston), also known as Melody Pond, and the Doctor’s wife, has lived a curious and event filled life. She is also part-Time Lord, as she was conceived inside the TARDIS, according to Den of Geek.


River was born as Melody Pond to Amelia “Amy” Pond (Karen Gillan) and Rory Willims (Arthur Darvill) on an asteroid called Demon’s Run, after Amy was kidnapped by Madam Kovarian (Frances Barber). (“A Good Man Goes to War”)

She was then kidnapped by Madam Kovarian to be trained by the Silence, a religious order, to kill the Doctor. This was because the Silence didn’t want a particular question to be asked, which would later on allow Gallifrey and the Time Lords to return.

They placed her in a 1960’s NASA space suit, which sustained her. From there, she sent out a distress call which, which triggered the events of “The Impossible Day” and “Day of the Moon”.

There, an adult River Song witnessed the death of the Doctor (Matt Smith), and revisited her childhood without telling the truth to her future parents or husband.

Afterwards, she regenerated into Mels, the childhood best friend of Amy and Rory, whom they often bailed out of trouble, and who pushed Amy and Rory to start dating. Amy also told her countless stories about the Doctor.

She then ran into the trio and regenerated into the form of River Song in “Let’s Kill Hitler”, where she almost killed the Doctor with poisoned lipstick.

She then saved him by using up all of her regeneration energy after being shown who she would become. She was left to recover, with a TARDIS shaped diary so that the Doctor could avoid “spoilers” in the future.

After receiving her doctorate, the Silence came for her, and the events of “The Impossible Astronaut” unfolded.

Unwilling to kill the Doctor, she caused time to shatter, but later helped the Doctor restore things after he married her, and after showing her that he was alive inside a robot version of himself.


However, Amy and Rory believed that the Doctor had been killed.

River was then imprisoned in the Stormcage facility for the Doctor’s murder. However, she often broke out of it to go on adventures and dates with her husband.

She then broke out of prison during the events of “The Pandorica Opens” and the “Big Bang”, and then later; in “The Time of the Angels” and “Flesh and Stone”, where the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) and Amy met River for the first time.

After this, River went to her parents to reveal that the Doctor was still alive.

After she was released due to insufficient evidence, River completed her studies; and helped Amy, Rory and the Doctor out. This led to her parents getting stuck in the past forever during the events of “The Angels Take Manhattan”.

According to an interview that Radio Times had with showrunner Steven Moffat, “The Husbands of River Song”, her first meeting with the Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi), takes place right after these events.

After a date with the Doctor, in which he gave her a sonic screwdriver, she went on an expedition with the Felman Lux Corporation, to a Library that had gone silent.

She then met the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant), who didn’t know who she was, but trusted her after she revealed that she knew his true name. She then sacrificed herself in order to save Donna Noble (Catherine Tate), and the others in the library during “Silence in the Library” and “Forest of the Dead”.

However, the Doctor, using the sonic screwdriver, saved her data ghost, and uploaded her into the Library’s database.

Later on, she communicated via a psychic link to Clara Oswald Osgood (Jenna Coleman) to say goodbye to the Eleventh during “The Name of the Doctor”.

Now that the history of River Song has been presented, fans and viewers can sit back, and enjoy this year’s Christmas Special.

Are you excited for “The Husbands of River Song”? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Check out this video, which presents a guide to River Song’s life!

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