I never expected [River Song] to become so beloved, and I’m still a little bemused, actually, as to why she is. But it’s lovely, because it’s men, women, boys, girls–everybody responds to the character, which is really nice.
Certainly, meeting my fans over the years, the one thing I have realized is that [River’s] become this great symbol of strength, individuality; she can be who she is, without feeling that she has to be someone else, or has to conform, to fit in. Interestingly, I’ve started to realize that perhaps this is actually a character who symbolizes something really positive, particularly for young girls and women who feel intimidated or pressured, whether it’s in school or society, or wherever they are, if they’re feeling a little lost.
Alex Kingston on the response to River Song (DWM 495)
My review of “The Legends of River Song” for Blogtor Who! It was actually a hard one to write because I could have easily gone over 2,000 words. I was doing good to get down to 1,200. Oops.
“The Legends of River Song” goes for plot and world building over diving too deep into relationships. The worlds created for River to play with, from the Asgard theme park to literally thinking New Venice into existence, are lovingly detailed. River’s commentary on the world around her doesn’t stop being amusing, with the best of it coming in “Death in New Venice.” There is a lot of sass, a good bit of cleverness, and some extremely clever Stormcage breakout attempts. It does a good job at capturing aspects of River’s character not dealt with unless you go hunting down fanfic. If you enjoyed these stories, your next stop should be Big Finish, if you haven’t listened to series 1 of “The Diary of River Song” already.
“God knows where he is right now but I promise you, he’s doing whatever the hell he wants and not giving a damn about me! And I’m just fine with that!”
“When you love the Doctor, it’s like loving the stars themselves! You don’t expect a sunset to admire you back! And if I happen to find myself in danger, let me tell you the Doctor is not stupid enough or sentimental enough and he is certainly not in love enough to find himself standing in it with me!
I found a CLUE coming from the episode of the last week (6x14) In the final scene of the stalker, we see him get into a car license plate: “6.6410”. Well, my crazy mind thought that ‘410’ can mean #4x10, which is the last episode of Wren in the show. Then I said, ‘and if the '6.6’ meant the minutes of the episode?’ Well, I couldn’t believe it but then i went to the exact minute 6.6 of the episode, I find myself at the BEGINNING of the mysterious dialogue between Mona and Wren. Not at first moment of a scene together, where they talk about other things, but just the exact moment when the discussion becomes mysterious and Mona exclaims: “Why would I ever be honest with you? That was before I realized where your loyalties were” 6.6. The minutes of the #410 start exactly with this scene. I’m really insane, or is it a real clue? And I remember, there was a similar clue for Charlotte.
In # 3x20 Spencer is in the sauna at his house, sauna has an error, error indicated with “307320” numbers. Well, #307 is the episode Cece appears for the first time. 3:20 is the exact minute when Cece comes into the show. And in fact, Cece turned out to be 'A’.
I don’t know if I’m a crazy, and now my neurons are just dancing the macarena burned in my brain, but I discovered this for myself, and that it. All this can not be a coincidence.
Saudade: a Portuguese and Galician word for a feeling of nostalgic longing for something or someone that one was fond of and which has been lost. It often carries a fatalist tone and a repressed knowledge that the object of longing might never really return. It was once described as “the love that remains” or “the love that stays” after someone is gone.