(you were always exact to me) (like a storm cellar) (I liked it near your airstreams) (you never called me a social parasite and I felt good about that) (you never said things like the handwriting is on the wall) (you never said we were biding our time) (you weren’t a warden) (you weren’t a damper) (you didn’t live in a chimney) (you didn’t work for management) (we were still under construction) (there were warning signs all over us)
I think River is a woman who is completely fearless and not always entirely scrupulous and doesn’t suffer fools at all. She’s brilliant, she’s great, kind of- almost a super hero character to write for. You know she’s never apologised, she’s never fussed and she’s always on the move. I think, as a heroine, she works tremendously well. She’s fun, she’s funny. I’m always happier when River turns up.
Jenny Colgan, Behind the Scenes of The Diary of River Song
Steven Moffat: I love
those Powell and Pressburger movies. And there’s a certain atmosphere you get
from that. It’s slightly different. It doesn’t look unreal. It doesn’t look the
same as real. It’s sort of heightened. Do you know what I mean? It’s
Frances Barber: And viewers
feel like a voyeur. Kind of “you shouldn’t be watching”.
- The Wedding of River Song Audio Commentary
Ask me to
think of a colour for River and the Doctor and I will see an impossible sky
from the end of time. Red and oranges, purple to navy blue. A continuous canvas,
interrupted by soft dark mounds in the distance and punctured by blinking whites.
I will see
this painted backdrop.
Moffat is right and this is very Powell and Pressburger-like, I will also see a
room hung in the sky, open for confession and wind. The air is so clear that
nothing keeps you from seeing straight into yourself. Life and love put on
trial. Stairway to the afterlife. Sacrificial altars where lovers meet. I see egoism
and trust concatenated, desire and death interlocked, interlude and reality
But I am well aware that other factors exist, namely the will and decision of that fair stranger who each loved one is, and remains for us in spite of everything. In taking upon myself the entire fault, I reduce the young figure to proportions of a wax statuette which I might have shaped, and crushed, in my hands. I have no right to detract from the extraordinary masterpiece which [she] made of [her] departure; I must leave to the child the credit for [her] own death.
For zimamythos, River and the Doctor as space pirates.
I hope you weren’t waiting for Twelve; Eleven sort of happened there. I have a very precise headcanon for River and Eleven as Space Pirates as you can see; the Doctor is an engineer-type, River a cyborg-type. That makes sense.