Published on June 6th, 2011 | by Meredith Burdett
River’s Identity Still Open?
TV Overmind has written about River Song’s identity and what it means for the future of Doctor Who. Secrets were revealed on Saturday night, big secrets that will keep us asking questions until later this year. But will we really have an answer? A full and frank answer as to what has been going on? It’s probably a “no” on that count.
River’s identity has been one of the most closely guarded secrets of television for the last three years and now that it’s out there, there are even more questions as a result of the reveal. Before you continue reading, spoilers ensue!
River is Amy and Rory’s daughter. Or is she? She’s told them that but as we all know, the lady is full of deception and double bluffs so it could all be something that she’s set up for other reasons.
We’re led to believe that the little girl from this year’s opening episodes was River in her younger years but why is that the case? River seems as surprised as anyone when talking to the Doctor about the little girl’s escape from the space suit and certainly doesn’t act like a woman in the know. She shoots at the space suited person after they kill the Doctor; cryptically saying “of course” as she misses her shots but does that mean that she knows what’s going on? Probably not, if it’s down to Steven Moffat.
When Doctor Who returns later this year, we’re probably going to have more answers then we thought possible, after all, A Good Man Goes to War is the first of a two parter and we all know that second parts give more answers then the first.
What we’ve been given by Moffat is a lifeline. Something to hold us over and ease the tension whilst we try to work out other answers. It’s not about “who is River Song” but more about “who did she kill and why?” and the beauty of this whole situation is that we will find out, but we’ll be intrigued until we do.
Besides which, there’s still a bigger question to be answered from this year’s run of Doctor Who. It’s not about why the little girl regenerated or how she did it. She may well have been a young River Song but then again, she may well not have been. The bigger question is: