#HE DOES HAVE THINGS TO LOOSE IN THE FIRST GIF #OBVS#RIVEr IS STILL ON THE GROUND #RORY #AMY IS THERE#BUT THIS IS THE DIFFERENCE NOT IN HIS LEVELS OF LOVE FOR RIVER#BUT THE PUBLIC AND PrIVATE DOCTOr #seriously#publically he is all bluster and front and he lies lies lies to protect the people he loves#the planet he loves #in the second gif it is just him#him and the TARDIS and he cannot get more alone that that really#I forever love that scene on the TARDIS when he is dying#because if you still believe he does not love River after watchign that IDK man we are watching two different shows#he is dying #with NO HOPE OF REGENERATION#and his only valid protest (lets not talk about how he’s like okay fine she killed me nbd i’ll regenerate NORMAL RELATIONSHIPS ARE FOR LOSERS ANYWAY)#his only valid protest is that Rver is just beginning and he cannot leave her now#listen he knows Amy and Rory have each other #he knows that#he also knows that River will have them too but it isn’t enough #she needs HIM#he just cannot comprehend any other option but her needing him (via areyoumarriedriver)
The story of these two is never really over, you just know that they will see each other again at some point. Not even death can stop it <3
River Song - A Strong (Female) Character
Let’s settle one thing first: River Song is tough. She remains calm in the face of flesh-eating shadows and Aplan temples filled with armies of Weeping Angels. She jumps out of space ships and dives off rooftops on the fiftieth floor. She tricks a black marketeer into relinquishing a vortex manipulator, she shoots a room full of Silents, and she makes a Dalek beg for mercy. She has a whole prison panicking whenever she starts packing – and after returning she calls to order breakfast. Even those who are under the (mistaken) impression that the character of River Song is merely a gun-toting, hyper-sexualised caricature have to at least admit that she is meant to be badass.
While that is certainly part of her appeal, this is ultimately not what distinguishes her as such an exceptionally strong character. It has taken me a while to fully grasp that the depth of my love for River Song comes from her ability to grow, face challenges and make decisions on her own terms. And that, arguably, would be the true mark of a “strong” character, female or otherwise.
Obviously, my understanding of the character contrasts glaringly with some of the more popular “critiques” (more often than not hate) regarding River Song – that her life revolves around the Doctor and that she possesses neither character development nor any agency on her own, being more a plot device than a well-rounded character. Ironically, allegations of shallowness tend to apply more to the quality of analysis in these cases than to the character examined. Although people’s subjective enjoyment of River Song is of course very much their own business and I can respect any civil discussion of why some aren’t fond of the character, many of the arguments brought up in connection to River Song are just plain wrong.
So, let me tell you about River Song. Let me tell you about Melody Pond.