The Doctor and River Song in The Name of the Doctor
If you are a Doctor Who fan then you either love River Song or you hate her. Is there an in between? I happen to love her. She is tough, smart, sassy, and can slap the doctor silly. (I hear actress Alex Kingston doesn’t pull her punches.) I hope to see more of her in the future with the 12th Doctor. Or would that be the past? Her past maybe. It’s all a bit wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey, isn’t it? Sorry if that reference doesn’t make sense to non-Whovians, but basically the Doctor is a Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey who travels through space and time in his TARDIS and protects Earth from alien invasions. He can live for hundreds of years and cheats death by turning himself into a new actor. River is also a time traveler. She and the Doctor don’t always meet in the right order, which makes dating and marriage difficult though they seem to manage. It’s really quite fun.
Anyway, I’ve been trying to study the chemistry between the 11th Doctor and River to find out what makes them such a great couple. Definitely the banter.
From the Impossible Astronaut:
Doctor: [smugly, just after explaining how he determined where the mysterious phone calls to President Nixon were originating from] …And Doctor Song, you’ve got that face on again.
River Song: [bemused] What face?
Doctor: The ‘He’s-hot-when-he’s-clever’ face.
River Song: This is my normal face!
Doctor [even more smugly]: Yes it is.
River Song: Oh, shut up.
Doctor: [smiling] Not a chance.
Also from the Impossible Astronaut:
Doctor: Shout if you get into trouble.
River Song: Don’t worry. I’m quite the screamer. Now there’s a spoiler for you.
But what else is going on that draws viewers in? I ask because I’m creating characters right now where the hero is a scientist, a thinker, a brainiac and the heroine is a warrior. It didn’t dawn on me until a few days ago that my couple sounded like the Doctor and River…well minus the time traveling, and the living for hundreds of years…and oh, a lot of other stuff. The question is how do I make my pair a winning combination? How do you make a warrior heroine tough but not over the top? How do you make a scientist hero clever but not annoyingly so? How do I make each vulnerable for the other (yes, it’s a romance…with action-adventure and a bit of sci-fi)? I’d love to hear your thought in the comments section even if you don’t have advice to share and just want to talk about Doctor Who.
Anyone know what time the 50th Anniversary special is supposed to air in NJ?
By the way, happy to report that my sci-fi romance Captive (book #1 in the Survival Race series) is now available at Amazon UK!