Rate & Discuss: The Wedding of River Song

October 1st, 2011
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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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231 comments on this article
  1. Steve
    October 13th, 2011 at 2.22pm | #1

    @Calli Arcale I understand where you are coming from but for me, Sarah always has been and always will be the Doctor’s companion and certainly is the most popular of all time. I think every companion deserves closure for what ever reason.

    Ah the Brigadier, splendid chap really. – I would point out an error in your listing –

    * Nicholas Courtney appeared with William Hartnell as Bret Vyon during Hartnell’s tenure as the Doctor, but as the Brigadier he didn’t meet him until “The Three Doctors”. He also appeared with Richard Hurndall’s version of the First Doctor in “The Five Doctors”.

    All very true but also has appeared with Colin Baker (on screen) Paul Mcgann (on Radio 4 as part of Big Finishes ongoing series) and also with David Tennant in the Big Finish Series Doctor Who Unbound.

    The other great thing about Nic Courtney is his first on screen appearance ties nicely with his last on screen Doctor Who appearance both with Jean Marsh, another former Doctor Who companion.

  2. TWWL
    October 13th, 2011 at 6.26pm | #2

    @Grace
    I would say Matt Smith shows emotional depth, he’s a great actor.

  3. TWWL
    October 13th, 2011 at 6.28pm | #3

    @JC
    Tennant was fantastic, but it would be wrong to act like he’s the only actor to ever play the role, or the only one who did a good job.

  4. JC
    October 14th, 2011 at 11.47am | #4

    @TWWL
    I don’t disagree.

    I’m not a 10th Doctor fanboy or anything, despite how it may seem.

    I enjoyed the 9th Doctor series and there have been a few episodes of the 11th Doctor series that I’ve enjoyed too, it’s just that Tennant was the Doctor when I got into Doctor Who and was probably the reason I got into Doctor Who, so I’m bound to compare other Doctors with him, but that’s not to say the other Doctors were and are rubbish because of course they’re not.

    Every Doctor has contributed to the series, every Doctor has contributed something to the man the Doctor is today and each Doctor has got the show from 1963 to here, with the exception of the more than 10 years it was off-air.

  5. Calli Arcale
    October 14th, 2011 at 11.46pm | #5

    @Steve
    All very true but also has appeared with Colin Baker (on screen) Paul Mcgann (on Radio 4 as part of Big Finishes ongoing series) and also with David Tennant in the Big Finish Series Doctor Who Unbound.

    I was only counting “canon” productions. But yes — he has worked with all of the Classic Doctors, and one of the new ones as well. All the more reason he deserved something being said. Sarah Jane is my favorite companion too, but the Brig was the only companion the Doctor actually did visit from time to time. (Well, other than River Song, obviously, but that’s a very different story, and still largely in the Doctor’s future…..)

  6. Calli Arcale
    October 14th, 2011 at 11.47pm | #6

    @JC
    There’s a T-shirt out there (I know you can get it from Think Geek, but probably from other places too). It has a picture of the TARDIS and the words “YOU NEVER FORGET YOUR FIRST DOCTOR.”

    They’ve had it available since before the series re-launched with Christopher Eccleston, and it’s still a) popular and b) true. ;-)

  7. Grace
    October 15th, 2011 at 8.05am | #7

    That’s so true! Back when I was a kid it was definately Tom Baker! (Watching him now!) I loved his energy and his flare! I didn’t think I would ever love another doctor!

    Years later I when the series returned (by season four actually) I chanced watching an episode (Partner’s in Crime)and fell in love with David! Naturally I had to go back and see every Doctor Who episode there ever was! To my surprise I now love most of them.

    In order they would be: 4, 10, 3, 5, 11, 9, 1, 2, 6, 8, (a root canal) 7.

  8. Dave
    October 15th, 2011 at 4.23pm | #8

    @Grace
    It is interesting the way people have their own favorites.
    Mine are (in order of TV Appearance)
    Peter Davison
    Tom Baker
    Chris Ecleston
    William Hartnell
    Matt Smith
    Colin Baker
    Patrick Troughton
    Jon Pertwee
    Sylverster McCoy
    Paul McGann
    David Tennant

    HOWEVER in order of Big Finish Productions..
    Colin Baker
    Paul McGann
    Sylverster McCoy
    Peter Davison

  9. Dave
    October 15th, 2011 at 4.25pm | #9

    @Grace
    I should have mentioned that Tom Baker was my first Doctor, althought I had seen odd episode of Pat and Jon before.

  10. Professor Zed
    October 16th, 2011 at 3.06am | #10

    A ROOT CANAL, then Doctor 7! That’s hysterical, Grace!

    Just for the hoot of it, here’s my order: 4, 10, 3, 2, 11, 7, 8, 9, 1, 5, 6

    I really hate having to have 1, 5 and 6 at the end of the list. Hartnell is good, but the episodes are a bit difficult to watch. They’re really slow, but obviously of their time. (The genius of Troughton really comes through in his portrayal of the 2nd Doctor and livens things up immensely.)

    Davison is a great actor, but way, WAY too much of the comedy was drained from the series when John Nathan-Turner took over as show-runner. Too many people in the TARDIS, too bright and the stories seemed to slow down again after Tom Baker’s wild and crazy era.

    Listing Colin Baker as last is a travesty. But really, a combination of awful writing, awful production and that truly awful clown costume John Nathan-Turner forced Baker into… That really killed the entire 6th Doctor era for me.

    (Kind of off topic now, but the original topic is a couple weeks old now. Don’t think too many readers will mind.)

  11. TWWL
    October 16th, 2011 at 11.50am | #11

    McCoy (7) is MY Doctor; for me, he and Ace are my favourite Doc/Companion partnership.

  12. Grace
    October 16th, 2011 at 1.08pm | #12

    I liked Ace as a companion, but I don’t know if it was her or if it was because Peri made me want to cheer for the villians!

    Adric and Nyssa were some of my most favorites. Also I really liked Lalla Ward’s Romanna! Of course Sarah Jane Smith ranked No. 1 but that’s no surprise. Donna would have to be a close second!

  13. amelia
    October 16th, 2011 at 3.43pm | #13

    I did love Donna, but now my favourite is definitely 11 and Amy. Just because Series 5 (revived) was the series that I really started to get into Doctor Who.

  14. The 13th Doctor
    October 16th, 2011 at 9.34pm | #14

    Mines would probably be 10, 4, 5, 7, 3, 1, 11, 2, 9, 6, 8

  15. Prisoner 0 / right hand side of the TARDIS
    October 16th, 2011 at 9.54pm | #15

    Mine order of favourite Doctors would be: 10, 11, 4, 9, 5, 7, 2, 1, 3, 6. I haven’t watched the movie yet so there’s no number 8 on my list. My first Doctor was Christorpher Eccleston, but I’ve watched heaps of old videos.

  16. Patrick
    October 16th, 2011 at 10.20pm | #16

    i haven’t seen all the doctors so from the ones ive seen this would be my favourite 3: 11, 9, 10.

  17. Emerald
    October 16th, 2011 at 11.02pm | #17

    I haven’t really seen much classic Who so I can’t comment, but I (very hesitantly) agree with Patrick – I’d say 11, 9, 10 (but it’s very, very close). David was truly excellent, but Eccelston was my *first* Doctor, and you can’t change that!

    I can however rate companions! So I’m going to say – River(if we can count her?), Amy, Rose, Donna, Martha. As for the blokes, it’s Rory (clear winner there), Jack and then Mickey. I was a huge Rose/10 shipper but I can’t beat the chemistry and interactions the current Team Tardis have – the four of them all so well together.

  18. amelia
    October 21st, 2011 at 6.36pm | #18

    @Emerald
    You know, I agree with you on just about every level :D apart from I’d have 11, 10, 9.

  19. lauren
    October 21st, 2011 at 9.04pm | #19

    Completely unrelated but has anyone heard Matt Smith is leaving after this year

  20. Steve
    October 21st, 2011 at 10.22pm | #20

    @lauren Oh dear, it does not look good. Apparently Matt Smith is looking to Hollywood after this next year! I am very surprised, I though Matt would want to be the Doctor for the 50th Anniversary!
    Oh well, could be good bye to the “complicated” Doctor!

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