every day is river song appreciation day for me

Do not fall in love with people like me.
I will take you to museums, and parks, and monuments, and kiss you in every beautiful place, so that you can never go back to them without tasting me like blood in your mouth.
I will destroy you in the most beautiful way possible.
And when I leave, you will finally understand why storms are named after people.
                - Caitlyn Siehl, Poet

                                Happy River/Doctor Appreciation Day! (22-4-2017)

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River & the Doctor Appreciation Day 

#2. April 19th: favourite kiss 

“How are you even doing that? I’m not really here.”
“You are always here to me, and I always listen. And I can always see you.”

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River Doctor Appreciation Day - April 19th || Favourite Kiss

All River x Doctor Kisses 

(Day Of The Moon, Let’s Kill Hitler, Wedding of River Song, Angels Take Manhattan, The Name Of The Doctor and The Husbands of River Song)

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I tried my best to choose one but every time they kiss is a special moment considering that any kiss could be their last. Each one of them equally special. 

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For a writer, lying is drama gold. It pits characters against each other, reveals characterization through their misdirection and omissions, and generally adds to conflict. It is, all things considered, a fantastic device. However, it is often demonized in our society, given our deep value of honestly, and this is sadly even more the case for women and female characters. But not in Moffat’s narratives. For Moffat, lying has no innate moral standing, nor does it govern his characters, even his women. It’s just one trait among many, a mechanism for them to rely on in the correct situation.

For River Song, lying is a way of life. She needs to. She and the Doctor have a unique relationship in which they must constantly lie to each other for the good of all. In most shows, this would inevitably destroy their relationship, tearing them apart. But in Moffat’s Who, it ties them together and keeps them in parallel, while breaking their hearts at times along the way. It is dramatic gold in a generally healthy relationship rather than the stuff that teaars them apart in the most cliched way. And best of all, it makes their moments of truth all the more poignant and romantic, such as in River telling the Doctor who she is at last.

For Mary, lying is necessary for survival. She has a past she needs to hide for her own safety and to not scare those she cares about away. It’s crucial that when Sherlock deduces that she is a liar, it is among a host of other traits, just one of many. Rather than condemn her to the typical story femme fatale with a web of lies luring men astray, she is a well-meaning, complex character striving to make the best of a terrible situation. Sherlock forgives her in a heartbeat, and John eventually comes to understand, because her lying was never an innately evil or cruel thing. Rather than being a story of Mary and John breaking up over the lies, His Last Vow is a story of them healing again after the fallout of the truth.

And Clara has perhaps the most interesting relationship to lying of all, in which lying can be a strength as much as a flaw. It’s inherent to her character growth, her growing to be like the Doctor meaning she picks up such traits. While it does cause her great pain, such as in the case of her relationship with Danny, where she can’t stop lying to him, it also is a heroic trait, such as her holding her own even while in the clutches of Bonnie the Zygon. It is, just as Moffat’s characters all are, a deeply complex trait, planting her character firmly in the moral gray area. It’s inherent to who she is, for better and for worse. Clara is tied to stories from her very first trip in the TARDIS, and in a way, her lying is just an extension of that, for a lie is just a story masquerading as the truth. Just as often as it causes her pain, it saves the day. She defeats the old god with a story. She fends of Bonnie by hiding the truth. She assumes the role of the Doctor and even hijacks the credits with a bluff. Lies are a tool, and she uses them with perhaps the most deft skill of all.

The glorious thing is, these characters are never outright condemned for lying or reduced to just being liars. They are good and bad and everything in between, and their lies follow suit and exemplify that nature, though ultimately all three characters are portrayed as sympathetic and on the side of good. They kick ass, save the day, and earn the affections of their fellow heroes all while being complicated and never truly pure or corrupt. Moffat’s stories allow women to be every bit as flawed and complex and interesting as the men, and lying is just one such way their deeply human complexities manifest. And to me, that is nothing short of beautiful.

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River Song Appreciation Week | Day 1 - Favourite Trait

Strength

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“The day is coming when I’m going to look into that man’s eyes. My doctor and he won’t have the faintest idea of who I am and I think it’s going to kill me”

One of my favourite traits of River has always been her strength. Emotional strength. Considering how much she’s been through, to be strong for the one you love even though it hurts like hell. That is one trait I really admire. Every time she meets him, he knows her less and less. The person you’ve been in love your whole life with, every day he keeps going farther and farther, it takes a lot of guts to be brave and strong at each of those encounters.

She smiles, she laughs, she fights by his side, everytime they meet. He looks at her with no idea of who she is to him, yet she stays strong and stays brave and tries to be there for him. Like she always is. She always thinks of him before herself, to the extent that even when she’s dying all she thinks is to assure him that everything’s gonna be fine, that he’ll see her again.

I guess that’s what I love the most about her.