River Song’s bad memory

What’s wrong with River’s memory? or What if David Tennant had stayed for another series?

If you’re a Whovian and you’ve re-watched Silence in the library, you’ve probably spotted a conversation that has now complete meaning but makes no sense. Should you not be a Whovian, you won’t even know what a Whovian is, who River is, and you probably won’t care. Anyway, have a look at this.

Now we know those stories River is referring to are going to be shown on-screen. But isn’t it weird that she can’t see the obvious Ten’s face instead of Eleven’s; which makes it impossible for him to have been there? She also speaks like she’s met Ten before; something that remains unproved.

Knowing River is a clever woman, there’s one only explanation. And there’s evidence of it. David Tennant was expected to stay for another series of Doctor Who. In that case, he’d have climbed the Byzantium with River and Amy.

Here’s an extract of an interview with Steven Moffat in last April issue of Doctor Who Magazine—which I copied from David Tennant news updates.

Had David stayed for one final year, it would certainly have been his last, so my pitch was that it would start with the Tardis crashing in Amelia’s back garden—as now—and a terribly battered and bruised Tenth Doctor staggering out.

Amelia finds him, feeds him fish custard (no that was for Matt, it would have been something more Davidy) and generally helps him. But we, the audience, can see he’s in a truly bad way. Dying maybe. Eventually he heads back to his TARDIS, and flies off.

But when he returns—many years later for Amy—he seems perfectly fine, and indeed doesn’t remember any of those events… And of course over time, we realise what we saw was the Tenth Doctor at the end of his life, about to regenerate. Events that we return to in Episode 13…

There you go. The road not taken. Weird even to think about it now!

So, don’t be too hard on River. She couldn’t have known.

River's face when Tenth tells her he's regenerating to make her look like a fool

River’s face when Ten tells her he’s regenerating to make her look like a fool


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