The Doctor spent 24 years with River. He loves her and no one can tell me otherwise. He stayed by her side. For him she came here after Manhattan, he knows the Doctor she’ll meet in the Library doesn’t recognise her. He didn’t want the last memory she has of a Doctor that knows her to be of Manhattan, or the last memory she has of ‘her’ Doctor to be of one she doesn’t recognise. So he stayed back. The Doctor stayed still with her for 24 years so that she gets to know this him as much as she’s familiar with Eleven.
And after death, she hung on, as an echo to get a final goodbye from the Doctor she has spent more than a 100 years with. She told him 'Till the Next Time Doctor’ in Name Of The Doctor because she knew he had a next time with her. One that stretches over 24 years and he said 'See You Around Professor Song’ instead of a goodbye because he never gives up hope of meeting her again.
If anyone dares tell me that River doesn’t love The Doctor or that The Doctor doesn’t love River, please feel free to unfollow me because that is one fucking amazing love story. It’s adventurous, beautiful and absolutely heartbreaking. It’ll make you cry, it’s meant for legends.
The most beautiful love story ever written. One that doesn’t need a They Lived Happily Ever After, just They Lived Happily because they did. They finally were linear and spent years together being husband and wife.
The moment when you realise that Moffat did it... he made River Song be lineal with Doctor, staying at his side in a night of 24 years, together, without departing from the other, like old married couples do...
Does anyone else think that The Doctor chose this face for River? The last time he saw her, when she was alive, was Manhattan where they fell out over his constant youth while she and her family aged. Vastra said that The Doctor wears a face as she wears a veil. This is The Doctor as he is, without a veil - a mountain range - an immortal. He’s showing River who he truly is.
From River’s perspective, the very next time she sees him, he’s changed his face. She can see the years written on it and she finally knows that he’s exactly like her. They’re Timelords. They laugh, cry and burn like the rest but that’s okay because he’s not hiding anymore.
At first I was unhappy that Moffat wrote over First Night/Last Night to say that Eleven didn’t really take River to Darillium…
But then I realized, this fits perfectly with Eleven’s character!
This is the man who used his own regeneration energy to heal his wife’s hand when she broke it escaping from a weeping angel (TATM). OF COURSE he wouldn’t be able to take her to Darillium, knowing that it’s the last place he saw her before the Library. River’s assertion that the Doctor is not sentimental enough to care about her could not be more wrong. Eleven is sentimental enough that he cancelled every time he tried to take River to the towers because he just couldn’t face the fact that his wife was about to go to her death.
“You know nothing about my life! You don’t know what I’ve lost, what I’ve had to do, who I had to leave behind. You think you were a pawn in someone else’s scheme? You don’t know the half of it. And you know what you do when that happens? You move on!