Doctor Who and Mrs…Who?

The upcoming episode of Doctor Who, “The Wedding of River Song,” will be the season finale. The biggest question that people are asking is “Who will she marry?” and “Will it be the Doctor?

Someone on Reddit noticed some similarities between a scene in “The Impossible Astronaut” and a wedding:

Invitations were sent out, and the Doctor and River Song, dressed in white, stand on a beach while their friends look on, and her “veil” is lifted back…

Of course, this is Doctor Who, and so to the extent that this resembles a wedding (with the suit-wearing Silence as groomsmen?) it a very weird one indeed.

A lot of pointers suggest that the Doctor and River do indeed marry at some point. When he asked her if she was married, her answer seemed to indicate as much. And when she said she dreamed of marrying him one day, he later told her that he would indeed do just that.

This could create a problem for any future attempts to bring the Doctor into contact with his earlier regenerations, in view of the fact that the Doctor doesn’t seem to have known her before the first encounter in the David Tennant era. Then again, up until now the fact that they may be married doesn’t seem to have resulted in them doing anything more than meeting up from time to time.

As for who I would have hoped would get an invitation to the wedding, and who deserved to, it would definitely be this person more than anyone else:

But I’d settle for a story line in which Susan turns out to be the grandchild of the Doctor and River Song, and that she is eventually sent back in time to be raised by the Doctor’s earlier self, whether intentionally in order to protect her from some danger, or by accident.

Then again, the show has recently been emphasizing the possibility of time being rewritten, and so the possibility that what has happened on the show up until now will turn out not to have happened at all, or will have happened differently, is always an option. And if nothing else, talking about such transformations gives me the excuse to share this picture…

What do you think will happen in “The Wedding of River Song”?

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  • Just Sayin’

    He should just toddle off and save some planetary species.  As a previous (re)generation Doctor fan, I couldn’t care less about his personal life.  This present Doctor is in danger of disappearing, Tardis and all, up his own rear end…

  • Shadowgirl

    I like Riversong i hope they do get married things have to change or
    the show would have stagnated i loved Tom Baker and all the early doctors but they were from a different era you cant go back only forward

  • Just Sayin’

    Perhaps they’ve run out of creativity for his time travelling galaxy spanning adventures and therefore have to focus on all this “Who is the Doctor” stuff that I find so tedious.  Mind you, Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy were pretty bad too.

    The problem with mapping out an intricate personal biography for the Doctor is that it will tie them down in future series.

    Unless they just forget all about it and start from scratch.

    Or perhaps the Doctor will wake up in the Tardis and find out that it was all a very complicated dream.

  • http://www.patheos.com/community/exploringourmatrix/ James F. McGrath

    All this “Who is the Doctor?” stuff goes back to classic Who and indeed to the first episode. The mysteriousness of the Doctor and his companions’ puzzling over who he is and where he came from has been there all along. As they have occasionally introduced revelations – e.g. at the end of “The War Games” – they have indeed had to live with it, and it has enriched the show rather than detracted from it. (I’m excepting here some of the problematic elements in the TV movie).

    Of course, with time travel, they can always go back and rewrite history, which is convenient if you get yourself caught in a plot element that you later need to set aside…

  • Just Sayin’

    Yes, but Who is the Doctor was necessary when introducing him as a character.  But that was decades ago!  Back then the whole point was: he was a mysterious figure who wasn’t into providing explanations!  The present “personal journey” stuff would have been unthinkable then.  He was “above” (and beyond) all that, and had species to save and worlds to visit.

    IMO, eventually weary viewers are simply going to respond, “Oh no, not MORE personal angst”!

  • http://www.patheos.com/community/exploringourmatrix/ James F. McGrath

    That’s not my own experience. I remember watching the show eager for hints about the Doctor’s past, the secrets of the time lord, the back story about why he left Gallifrey and what exactly his story was. It was never the main focus, but it was a perennial feature and an enjoyable one. 

  • Just Sayin’

    “I remember watching the show eager for hints about the Doctor’s past, the secrets of the time lord, the back story about why he left Gallifrey and what exactly his story was.”

    Very true, we all did, though only vaguely after Bill Hartnell.  But how often did we get *any* backstory, never mind exact details?  Almost never!  And neither did we really expect it, if we are honest.  There were too many species to save and worlds to visit 

    Now it seems there’s little else.  IMO it’s all become very anal and boring.  But perhaps I’m just jaded and need a few years off.

  • nom

    Notice anything special about the fixed point in history.. the date itself… try google.

    As for the question…

     “Who do you say I am” ring any bells.. ?

  • http://www.patheos.com/community/exploringourmatrix/ James F. McGrath

    Wow! I probably would have missed the significance of the date. Thanks for pointing that out! I’ve blogged about it here:  http://www.patheos.com/community/exploringourmatrix/2011/10/03/the-apparent-death-and-resurrection-of-the-doctor/ 


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