So, we’re up to “Let’s Kill Hitler” in Season 6, and there’s stuff I don’t overly like in there…
(spoilers after the cut)
River was an awesome character, but the way they make her entire life revolve around the Doctor is… urk, for want of a better word. I mean, giving all your regenerations to save him? Choosing your life’s career, not because you like it, but because you want to meet him again? Saying that, if you meet him again and he doesn’t know you, it’ll kill you? *headdesk*
As I was saying to the H, at least in bad misogynist romances, the woman surrenders everything from her independence to her career, but she gets the guy. River is never ever going to get the Doctor in the way she wants–she’s just going to spend her entire life pining for him (and then kill him, unless I’m not mistaken–no spoilers, please). I mean, if I’m going to give up 9+ regenerations, I’d darn well better get something worth it in return, not a guy who’s fundamentally incapable of commitment (and I’m not necessarily saying sexual commitment here, the Doctor being as incapable of long-lasting friendships as he is of sex).
At least the series has female characters (unlike, say, Sherlock), but I have a rising suspicion that it doesn’t really know what to do with them other than turn them into idiots pining after the Doctor. This is deeply annoying. (especially since so much of the series is good stuff, cool concepts, zippy dialogue, strong performances…)
Also, there’s a big fat paradox which seems to make no sense to me: we know that in a previous incarnation, River shot the Doctor at Lake Silencio, and killed him (it *has* to be in a previous incarnation, since her River Song incarnation is her last one after she gave them all up; and we know it succeeds, or at least comes darn close to it, because of the files in the robot that list the Doctor’s date of death). If you’re River, you *know* that a past version of you already killed the Doctor. Why bother killing him again in Berlin in 1938? Does this ever get resolved, or is it just hopeless of me to want coherence from the series?