When everyone is saved and safe, and Trenzelore is left behind them, Clara and Doctor still have one thing to discuss.
‘Okay, one more thing. How come she agreed to marry you?’
G-rated, 1000+ words, fluff, making fun of the Doctor.
Pairing: River Song/Eleventh Doctor
Summary: The Doctor knew the effect this pregnancy would have on River. Her body wasn’t strong enough and it unsettled him.
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Summary: “It’s all been coming back to me – well, not everything because my god, that would do a girl’s head in - but bits and pieces in dreams. And I remembered this last night -” She pulls back, beaming proudly up at him. “I saved your wife.”
A/N: Spoilers for The Name of the Doctor. Story title belongs to Library Tapes.
Characters: Eleventh Doctor, River Song, Clara Oswald
Summary: Changing time is dangerous, and no one knows that better than River Song. But some things are worth the risk.
A/N: There will be an epilogue to this soon and possibly a follow-up fic later.
A Doctor/River fic
It takes River Song a long, long time to get the Doctor to finally tell her his name.
So the instant River said the words ‘I made him,’ this fic was going to happen. :) Thanks to Charina for the beta!
#I bet she’s thinking about how much she wants to touch him #I’m sure that’s the thought she has the most when she watches him #how much she’d like to touch him #because they’re both incredibly tactile #when they’re together they’re always touching even if it’s just small touches #brushes of their fingers over the back of hands #or kisses dropped in hair and pressed to temples and brushed over cheeks and eyelids and noses #and now #she’s merely a ghost #and there is no touch #(‘I’m still just an image- not touch’ comes to mind) #and now the Doctor is in pain and she can do nothing #but stand and watch as the man she loves suffers- this time not by her hand #(I hate this ship oh my fucking god) (via alexandrakingstons)
Re-sized/updated/edited/colored my 11/River picture! Possible candidate for the Doctor Who Tumblr thing :)
Can we just take a moment here to talk about this scene. He has mentioned her, as Professor Song to Clara. He has not mentioned her as Professor River Song or as his wife. Because it hurt him too much to be even as specific as her first name.
Clara: Who was she? The lady with the funny name and the space hair?
Doctor: An old…friend, of mine.
Clara: What, like an ex?
Doctor: Yes an ex. River asked Vastra for the exact words, what were they?
Clara: “The Doctor has a secret he will take to the grave, it is discovered—”
Doctor: And it was Trenzalore, it was definitely Trenzalore?
Clara: *nods* Yeah.
Doctor: *cries* Sorry. *jumps up and runs out of the house*
This is probably the first time he has said River’s name in a long time, because it is just too hard for him. This man is heartbroken, and instead of wearing his hearts on his sleeve he has decided not to talk about her like she is his wife. Clara doesn’t know who she is so she doesn’t know the significance of her, so she doesn’t understand why he’s crying. But we know, we know who River is and why it would effect him so much.
Even when she follows him into the TARDIS he doesn’t fill Clara in quite yet, he just says. “River would know though. River always knew.” There’s a fondness and sadness in his voice, but there’s no use saying “Professor Song” anymore. Clara has met her. He can’t hide behind River’s title anymore.
When he sees her grave later he has a hard time dealing with that, but he hides it a lot better than before. But the presence of her grave doesn’t make sense to him. He can hear Clara and River. So I’m sure when River said things so that Clara would repeat them, he listened to River. Clara just repeated her.
Also, I don’t know if anyone caught it or not…but…
River: Maybe it’s a secret entrance to the tomb.
Clara: Maybe it’s a secret entrance to the tomb!
Doctor: Right! Makes sense! They’d never bury my wife out here!
Clara: Your WHAT — ?
Doctor: *looks at Clara and gasps*
*they then fall through the ground*
I don’t think he meant to explain who River was, but in the heat of the moment he calls her his wife. He wasn’t doing that to tell Clara, “oh yeah, River’s my wife, but she died, so yeah…” It was a gut reaction. “They’d never bury my wife out here.” I think that’s one book he didn’t want to open to Clara. I don’t think it was that he didn’t trust her with that information, I think it was because he didn’t want to talk about her, because it hurt him too much.
Clara: Where are we?
Clara: I hate catacombs. So how come I met your dead wife?
Doctor: Oh you know how it is when you lose someone close to you. I sort of made a backup.
River: I died saving him. In return he saved me to a database in the biggest library in the universe. Left me like a book on a shelf. Didn’t even say goodbye. He doesn’t like endings.
Can I also point out that The Doctor stops a little ways up. Since he can hear and see River, he is letting her explain it to Clara so that he doesn’t have to. I think it would be too painful for him to have to explain that to Clara, so when River offers up this information he waits for River to explain.
I can only imagine what must have gone through his head though when River said, “left me like a book on a shelf. … He doesn’t like endings.” River knows him better than anyone, and he knows she’s right, but I think a part of him may have crumpled at that, he had hurt her, in an effort to not hurt himself.
He cries for River. There’s no doubt in my mind. He’s done such a good job at not mentioning her, and not dealing with her death because he’s been in denial, but he can’t deny it anymore. And Clara has now seen River, and now in a sense, the book is off the shelf.
… or why I think Moffat set up the perfect scenario to save River from the Library in the series finale.
Word Count: 8,348
Pairing/Characters: Doctor/River, Amy/Rory, Vastra/Jenny, Strax
Notes: Since “The Name of the Doctor” aired, I’d been wondering if originally Amy, Rory, and a younger River were meant to go there, that Steven Moffat had to change his plans once Amy and Rory were written out of the series. I wondered how it would work, and the wonderful Kehwie suggested I write an alterate realty exploring what would have happened, in the vein of similar episode rewrites I’d done for series 7a. I originally didn’t plan on it, but the opening scene came to me and it didn’t stop. Thanks for the inspiration, Kehwie! Note that if you haven’t seen “The Name of the Doctor,” you will be spoiled silly.
Summary: “The doors require a key. The key is a word. The word is the Doctor’s. But not just his. The key is a word lost in time. A secret hidden in the deepest shadow and known to him alone, but there is another who shares that secret. And she’s standing before me.”
no, but you know what would be funny? I mean, really funny? if post-Library River found a way to visit Doctor in the TARDIS. and he’d be probably the only one who would be able to see her. and you know that one day, Clara would just walk in on him, furiously humping the air over the console. and…