Doctor Who: The Life Of River Song In Order

Doctor Who: The Life Of River Song In Order

Charting River’s Flow

When Peter Capaldi’s Doctor commented on the life of River Song (Alex Kingston) during the Christmas episode The Husbands of River Song, “You’d need a flowchart to sort it all out,”  he probably didn’t expect one to materialize quite so soon. River is a time traveler whose meetings with her husband run in a different chronology to The Doctor(s). Luckily, Radio Times has created a linear process flow of her life from her perspective, even repeating episodes  where multiple incarnations of River appear.Here it is:

Episode key:

  1. A Good Man Goes to War (2011) – Melody Pond is born
  2. The Impossible Astronaut (2011) – young Melody is raised in an orphanage
  3. Day of the Moon (2011) – Melody regenerates into Mels
  4. Let’s Kill Hitler (2011) – Mels regenerates into River
  5. Closing Time (2011) – River gets her doctorate, is kidnapped by the Silence
  6. The Wedding of River Song/The Impossible Astronaut (2011)– River breaks time, marries the Doctor and then helps heal it for the events of The Impossible Astronaut
  7. First Night (minisode, 2011) – River is incarcerated for the murder of the Doctor, but goes on her first evening trip with him
  8. Last Night (minisode, 2011) – a version of Ricer from five years in the future interacts with her younger self
  9. A Good Man Goes to War (2011)
  10. The Impossible Astronaut (2011)
  11. Day of the Moon (2011)
  12. The Pandorica Opens (2010)
  13. The Big Bang (2010) – River helps the Doctor save the universe
  14. Time of the Angels (2010)
  15. Flesh and Stone (2010)
  16. Wedding of River Song (2011) – River visits her parents Amy and Rory in their garden
  17. Last Night (minisode, 2011) – an older version of River is heading to the towers of Darillium with the Doctor, but he apparently later backs out
  18. The Angels Take Manhattan (2012) – River sees her parents trapped in the past
  19. The Husbands of River Song (2015) – River teams up with the Twelfth Doctor but doesn’t recognise him
  20. Silence in the Library (2008) – River meets the Tenth Doctor, who hasn’t met her yet
  21. Forest of the Dead (2008) – River dies, but the Tenth Doctor “saves” her as a data ghost
  22. The Name of the Doctor (2013) – River’s data ghost finally says goodbye to the Eleventh Doctor

Non-televised adventures are not included some shorts previously released on DVD (“First Night”/”Last Night”) are.

She’ll be back. Probably in a Tardis that looks like a diner with Jane Austen and two other women…

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