I thought River Song would be a great character. Imagine my letdown :c
She was introduced as an independent, confident, very smart, kinky, and absolutely lovely and tragic woman. Very impressive, too. I mean, she got the Doctor to actually tell her his name!! That’s a whole fucking lot, you’d think. She came from the future, had met “many” incarnations of the Doctor, she knew a lot about him, and she was clearly, CLEARLY, devastated over him not recognizing her. You could tell a hell of a lot had happened between the two of them in her past, because of how heartbroken she was over realizing this would be the last time she’d see him. She was clearly in love with the guy and trusted him blindly with her life.
And with every episode revealing her true past, she became less and less of that promise. She became less independent, as her life turned out to be literally “all about the Doctor”. She did not become a smart strong woman with hardship, she was just manipulated into becoming a psychopath(?) whose life surrounded the man. And she fell in love with him. Her brainwashing? Gone too, conveniently.
Her kinks turned out to be unfounded, having uh never happened so far. So it’s all just… weird flirting. Also what is that bullshit of her being bisexual but never actually showing it not even a bit? It’s a basic thing of writing that if a character has a trait in their bio, said trait has to be displayed somehow in the story the character’s in. Cap’ Jack was very clear! But, nope, since she’s so madly in love with the Doctor, there’s no room for any other feeling. Any other at all.
And do not get me started on how the Doctor suddenly falls for her and wants to marry her. We’ve seen how he is with his feelings, especially love. From the first time they meet, he knows he’ll eventually trust and love this woman so much he’ll give her his screwdriver, his love, his hand. But knowing you’ll eventually love someone doesn’t equal immediately loving someone. After The Library, the Doctor’s apprehensive over seeing her again, because he just saw her die. But other than her flirting, how does their relationship grow? That’s really a question. Love isn’t just attraction or admiration. Save helping his ass a few times, caling him sweetie, and being somewhat of a mystery, what happens between them to develop love? All of his insecurities disappear and he suddenly trusts this woman just because she’s half-Time Lord…? It’s sorta all about lineage, then?
She’s smart, yes. But she only studied to be closer to him. She’s confident, yes. Because the Doctor knew parts of her future so she knows they would become close. Why worry to build it up if it was meant to happen anyway. Tragic? Well, she still dies in the Library, for her beloved Doctor, as soon as she was actually starting to do things on her own as a Professor.
I just… I hoped for so much more after her couple of chapters with Ten. She seemed like a woman who would not only help the Doctor, but solve shit all on her own! Like she had actually saved planets and stuff before meeting him. Like she had her own agenda and she still found this time traveler in some sort of adventure and she had grown on him so much he could trust her with not only the biggest secret he keeps, but with his poor broken-a-million-times heart.
[EDIT:] Haha please don’t even get me started on not having any kind of feelings towards finding her parents and then losing them because holy shit.
idk man I expected more. And with this linked to how sexist Moffat is (because WOW I mean I wanna really slap his face now), it’s one more disappointment I have on my list.