Rate & Discuss: The Wedding of River Song

October 1st, 2011
Warning! This article and its comments may contain spoilers...

As the Doctor makes his final journey to the shores of Lake Silencio in Utah, he knows only one thing can keep the universe safe – his own death.

All good things must come to an end, but did the Series 6 finale live up to expectations?

If you’re reading these words, it means that the anticipated finale has at long last aired (well, either that or the Daleks have hijacked our system mainframes again!), and all of our questions have finally been answered. In The Wedding of River Song, there was something wrong with time, as the Doctor faced an epic showdown on his final journey.

There were plenty of mysteries to be resolved, and, in true Moffat style, tonight’s final raced before our eyes at a mind-bogglingly rocket speed, bringing together old friends, old enemies and, of course, an impossible astronaut. The Doctor’s date with destiny was full of last minute shocks, twists and revelations, but was it the pay off you hoped for?

Whether you loved it, loated it or didn’t really get it, you can rate, discuss and get your head around the explosive Series 6 finale in the comments below. Next stop, Christmas!

Tick, tock, goes the clock, he won’t be gone for long. Tick, tock, rate and discuss, The Wedding of River Song…

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  1. Ellen
    October 1st, 2011 at 7.51pm | #1

    We all said either the ganger or someone else :) i thought the tesolecta was a one thing ;) five stars defo!!! :D

  2. Steve
    October 1st, 2011 at 7.53pm | #2

    I want to thank the man who claims to be a life long fan of Doctor Who,Steven Moffat for spectacularly destroying a show that I have loved and followed for decades!
    Tonight’s episode is the appalling climate to the worst season EVER!!!
    The episode was a big jumble of nothing! An exceedingly poor story. No answers to continuing questions posed over the last 2 years!
    I am gutted, extremely sad and upset!

  3. Simon
    October 1st, 2011 at 8.01pm | #3

    Brilliant episode. All questions were answered you just needed to watch properly. Loved it. I guessed thje question a while back as well, I would have been annoyed if the questioned wasnt asked at all coz then we’d have to wait a year just to bloody find out. Roll on the christmas special :D

  4. JC
    October 1st, 2011 at 8.03pm | #4

    Difficult to say what I thought of this episode. I enjoyed it, but I think the impact of the show was taken away quite a bit because River Song being the Doctor’s Wife was a very strong theory and since we knew the Christmas Special is currently being filmed, we knew the Doctor would survive.

    I’m not sure I quite understood the Doctor’s resolution to the problem though. Time was breaking apart because the Doctor was still alive, so why would “killing” a Teselecta resolve the problem since the Doctor was still alive inside it?

    Something unexpected was that what the Doctor whispered in River’s ear can’t be what River whispers in the 10th Doctor’s ear, since it wouldn’t have any meaning to him.

    I liked the beginnings of the Mother/Daughter relationship between Amy and River, despite the weird age differences between them, it’s weird how you accept them as Mother and Daughter.

    I’m still not quite sure I understand who was controlling the Tardis and why they made it explode. Either I missed the explaination to that or it still hasn’t been explained, which would be irritating.

    As for the question that causes Silence to Fall……..I couldn’t believe that was it. Doctor Who?

    I don’t know. Although I liked the episode, it made me ask more questions then it answered and feel like it’s cheated me of clear, concise answers to questions that are now gonna run through more than two series.

  5. vaguely
    October 1st, 2011 at 8.16pm | #5

    That was a blast.

    The sound in the background is 1,000 wailing fanboys throwing themselves off of towers.

  6. JC
    October 1st, 2011 at 8.19pm | #6

    On reflection, it’s lucky we have to nice and polite on here

  7. TWWL
    October 1st, 2011 at 8.33pm | #7

    Full of crazy, mental stuff. The idea of all of time happening at the same time was fantastic, and made for some truley stunning visuals. How creepy was it when the chess guy fell into the pit of hungry skulls? brrr-! The Silence themselves continued to be terrific.

    But then there’s the twist; how the Doctor cheated death. Now I can imagine Moff rubbing his hands together with glee as he wrote it, because it is crazy and pure Doctor Who; but I can’t, as of this moment, feel completely happy with the choice.

    It’s going to take another watch or two, fee of expectation, to really see how it sits as an episode.

    So right now I CAN say I enjoyed it, but I’m not sure how much. Which is weird.

  8. mpirks
    October 1st, 2011 at 8.57pm | #8

    That was the series finale?? Well all I can say is it was overblown, over complicated and absuredly resolved in typical Moffat fashion. The only idea that worked was the idea of time all compressed into one moment but everything else just fell apart.

    The Wedding of River Song was simply a slap dash way to resolve the story in a quick way but without much regard of a build up. The problem that Moffat has is his finales never feel like finales, just standard-slightly interesting episodes.

    I did not understand why Amy and Rory were part of this faction alongside the Silence and Madame Kovarian’s role was extremly bland and rushed in this episode. Kovarian has been built up as this mysterious and powerful villain throughout the series but how she ended up was terrible.

    Biggest problem with this episode is simply this; was everything resolved? No! Not really. The Doctor was not killed and he was simply a fake, fair enough, saw it coming but nothing that has been implemented over the series has been resolved. Very disppointin episode. More to the point, what happens now with Amy and Rory? Are they now gone?

    Although I do understand Moffat wanting to create big build ups and create storylines that make the audience think but he simply overcomplicates everything and just needs to bring it down to basics.

  9. mpirks
    October 1st, 2011 at 8.59pm | #9

    and just to add, Alex Kingston has just said on Confidential “Could this be the end or is there more to come? who knows”…NO! No more; we know who you are and what you have brought to the show- now give it a rest

  10. TE
    October 1st, 2011 at 9.13pm | #10

    To be honest, I would be satisfied if this were just another episode because it was brilliant and humorous. However, I just don’t know how to feel about it as a finale. It didn’t tie up much of the overall arc, just the Series Six arc. It seemed like it was trying to match the scale of the Series Five finale but just didn’t reach that mark. Not to mention that you could see most of the budget for this episode had been spent on others.

    I might need to rewatch it again, but I’m just not sure it worked as a finale.

  11. Patrick
    October 1st, 2011 at 9.31pm | #11

    I thought it was quite clever of how The Doctor survived his death and it was something I feel quite obvious. Many feel that it wasn’t like a finale and I totally agree. The ending didn’t feel like an ending as such. How I felt about the episode overall, I don’t know so I’m going to watch it again so I can give a fair opinion on it but first thoughts I guess it was a pretty good episode.

  12. lewiswatson
    October 1st, 2011 at 9.41pm | #12

    So is Amy & Rory companions anymore?

  13. The silence
    October 1st, 2011 at 9.49pm | #13

    I cannot believe what im reading here…I thought this episode was incredible. Not “over complicated”. And certainly not “Appalling”. It wrapped up the series perfectly.INCREDIBLE.

  14. Simon
    October 1st, 2011 at 9.50pm | #14

    Ive just thought, there are still unresolved questions from the fifth series,
    1. who took control of the tardis to make it explode and save time?
    2. Whose voice was it that said “silence will fall” in the tardis?
    Although all the questions that were asked in the sixth series are answered in the sixth series.

    it was a a really nice feature of confidential to do a river song timeline with rivers voice in the background from birth to death. I do agree with some people though that this story was more or less set to resolve River songs story arc than answering the questions from the fifth series as well, I though that the reference to the oldest question in the universe was clever and I was almost annoyed that it wasnt answered but… then it was asked and I was pleased that we didnt have to wait untill next year to find out. It was great but not fantasic. All the stuff ive said is spoiler free by the way because only the uk has seen this episode so far and nobody else.

  15. JC
    October 1st, 2011 at 10.02pm | #15

    I think that’s what annoyed me most about this episode. Yes, things from Series 6 were resolved but questions do still remain about Series 5, which I was hoping would all be capped off tonight.

    Instead, as you say Simon, we don’t know who took control of the Tardis, causing it to explode and I didn’t even remember until you said it, the voice who said “Silence Will Fall”. I suppose since Silence hasn’t fallen yet, the answer to that may still come, but expecting to remember residule questions over what will now be years is quite the ask from Moffat.

    I’m also not sure why the question is the question………I mean that question has been asked by loads of people. Dorian in that episode, Jackie Tyler asked that question.

    Perhaps Silence will only fall when the question is asked by a certain person and the Doctor is most tempted to answer it.

    I don’t know. At the moment, I don’t know whether I’ve missed things or whether things I want to know haven’t been answered yet.

  16. bill geradts
    October 1st, 2011 at 10.10pm | #16

    well he did it to us again. No Omega, No Sutekh, just more of the same.
    I enjoy the show immensely, but this is like Moffit messing with us and we have to sit back and keep praising him on how smart he is.
    looking at this, des no one else see a 50th anniversary regeneration special?
    we will end up with the entire 11th dr run being about his death.
    Look, good episode, but crappy finale, where is the BAD GUY

  17. TE
    October 1st, 2011 at 10.21pm | #17

    @bill geradts
    If you mean the villain of the episode, that was Madame Kovarian and “the Silence”.

  18. Patrick
    October 1st, 2011 at 10.28pm | #18

    @bill geradts
    apart from what TE said, you don’t need to have a villain to have an enjoyable episode.

  19. Thetasigma
    October 1st, 2011 at 10.37pm | #19

    I have to say I completely agree ! I’ve been a fan since the Pertwee era of the show and I cant remember anything as poor as this. Moffat DEFINATELY has to go before the show is taken off the air all together ! Tonight was a disaster !

  20. vaguely
    October 1st, 2011 at 10.39pm | #20

    Moffat has stated that he has planned out to the 50th anniversary (he was very annoyed when he felt that people were trying to bounce him into announcing plans early). I think no question should be considered dead until then.

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