ATTENTION ALL FOLLOWERS. Doctor Who airs tomorrow! This WILL NOT be a spoiler-free blog. I live in PST zone and will not be on after 11am my time, because everyone in the UK will have seen it by then. However, once I watch the epsiode be careful if you part of the fandom and do not want to be spoiled! Spoilers!
And if I can get my hands on livestream, I will be lieblogging from about 11:20 A.M. PST onwards.
And if I don’t, I will still be reblogging spoilers because I am a spoiler junkie!
Tomorrow will consist of nothing but Doctor Who spam…I’m sorry, but you don’t understand what this means to me! I’d really appreciate if nobody unfollowed, but I do understand if you do. Also, there will be a lot of emotions, and most of what I say or post will not make much sense. I apologize in advance…and I did not mean for this post to end up sounding so pathetic…but
I’M SO NERVOUS..AND EXCITED..AND EMOTIONAL..AND SCARED……
I usually get to class early and sit in the same seat. I wonder if that “I saw you your one o’ clock class” guy would continue to try and engage me in conversation if I showed up right before class started and sat in the back next week (I had planted myself in the front, so he’s sitting in the next row a few seats back)?
I feel like such a mean bitch for thinking this, but just, ugh…I hate feeling like I’m being watched.
Karen Gillan: Some of them take it very seriously. I met one guy who said: ‘Hello, I’m River Song.’ I was like: ‘OK, what do you mean?’ and he showed me his ID. He’d changed it by deed poll. That was quite interesting.
Okay, so there’s quite a few people who feel that, judging from Let’s Kill Hitler and TWORS, River is like… weirdly obsessed with the Doctor. And I’ve always disagreed with that. BUT. That actually would make for an interesting storyline, wouldn’t it? And it sorta…
This is absolutely it though. She IS obsessed with him because that’s how she was raised to be. Yes, she’s had conflicting stories, but she believes The Silence because look at history: The Doctor never stopped Hitler. And even more importantly, The Doctor never saved her. “A significant factor in Hitler’s rise to power is that The Doctor didn’t stop him.” As a child, she didn’t study these things personally, but they were presented to her as “evidence” of The Doctor’s evil. As you said: selective information.
Is it any wonder that after witnessing firsthand evidence that The Doctor is not as evil as she thought that she would begin to question this? She’s not stupid, she’s confused and always has been. She starts to think that maybe her mother’s stories were right or at least had some semblance of truth. Hence her turning to Amy and Rory and asking if The Doctor is worth it. At that point, she’s still unsure, “but she has to try.” She recognizes that she may have made a terrible mistake. Literally, a life or death mistake. If any one of us made such a mistake and had the power to correct it and save another person’s life, would we? Probably. The thing is, we don’t. But River, being a Time Lady, did. So she makes a great personal sacrifice to rectify her own perceived evil (both River and The Doctor are paralleled with Hitler). And what does she do afterwards? She goes to the 51st century university. And where did we see Young Mels for a majority of the time in the pre-credits? At school. Quite literally, she is looking throughout historyfor evidence (like the kind she witnessed firsthand in Berlin) of a “good man.” And then we see the fruits of her labor in the scene at the end of “Closing Time,” with the extensive file of evidence she’s found on The Doctor’s good deeds, complete with photographs and interviews from people who also had firsthand accounts of his goodness.
It’s brilliantly put together and makes so much sense. And un-feminist? I think not. Melody learns that she can’t just take someone at their words, instead she must learn and do for herself. She becomes an agent. She begins making choices for herself and about her own life. That’s how she becomes River Song. That’s character development (done backwards and in high heels :P). We aren’t seeing her character develop linearly because we aren’t watching her character linearly. River was used as a pawn for a long time before she finally took a stand (hence the live chest metaphor in TWORS) and eventually she grows into the woman we first meet in “Silence in the Library.” She never devolved as a character, we just didn’t start with Melody I and end up with Melody III/River. We started with River/Melody III, then met Melody I, and finally met Melody II/Mels.
“Her choice of profession, not to mention her outfits, led the usual suspects to decry the character as ‘too sexy’. But executive producer Piers Wenger was right when he called her ‘outspoken and a bit of a number,’ saying that while she was probably the wildest companion…
Or does he have some Time Lordy power that allows him to sense the house’s aura? xD
The Doctor who keeps showing up knows the events of season seven. He says he keeps arriving pre-season seven by accident because the-name-of-something-I-can’t-remember is broken (hit by an arrow?). Anyway, when he arrives to find them not home, he fears that the relationship problems leading to the divorce in AotD is the reason. Hence the flashback season of Rory storming out of the house and Amy crying after him. (I don’t think this is his personal flashback, but they show it for the sake of the viewers to let us in on what has happened/will happen.) That’s why he erases the message, because he knows that (as far as the Ponds know) he never left it in the future.