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River Song Timeline: Series 4 - 7a by willbrooks River Song Timeline: Series 4 - 7a by willbrooks
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Sometime after series five of Doctor Who aired, there were a couple of these 'Timeline of River Song' pieces floating about the net. Since then, though, they've become wildly out-dated, and are in need of a good clean-up. I've based the style on one of the earlier s5 timelines I found on Google - couldn't find an original credit, but thank you if it was you! - and re-made it from scratch.

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EDIT: May 20th 2013; Updated to take the timeline up to 'The Name of the Doctor', and several changes made to adjust the way the timeline flows. Think it's fully up-to-speed now.
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StitchinKat Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015
Having trouble with the download. Maybe it is in need of an update, since it's been a couple of years I see....will check back later for that, as I can't make out the lettering otherwise, but in the meanwhile, are all the mini episodes that River appears in on the chart? Specifically Rain Gods, because I felt that occurred AFTER Angels Take Manhattan, as she told Eleven she would travel with him, just not all the time.  Then it would follow that Last Night would occur just before his older self took her to the Singing Towers as she referred to in Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead. At the end, talking to Ten, she refers to "my Doctor, I mean a future Doctor" showing up "with a new hair cut and a suit" and taking her to the Singing Towers of Darillium, where he cried, and gave her his sonic. She realizes he must have known then that she was on her way to the Library, where his Tenth incarnation would see her die, so he crafted his sonic with the ability to hold her "life force"(?) so he would then be able to save her as Ten! Clever Doctor! As far as I can recall reading or seeing, she may not have ever met any other incarnations, only referring in Time of Angels to having "pictures of all his faces", and asking him how "early" it was for him with Eleven's face. Fairly early, only 4th episode into Matt's tenure, and his first to be filmed. Eleven's FIRST meeting of River, but with no knowledge of who she was or how she came to be so important to him.  
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willbrooks Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Hi! They are all on the updated version - River Song Timeline by willbrooks  - though I see it's not showing up the bigger size on that one, either, so I'll have a look at fixing that! 

And yes, I put Rain Gods after 'Angels Take Manhattan', for much of the reasons you've outlined!

Do check back this week - I'll have the larger version up and working :)
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Cellenta Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014
Thank you for the Riversong Timeline! :)
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shyfoxling Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014
Wow, this actually really helps!
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apocalyptic-scenes Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014
This is fantastic and you obviously spent hours figuring out the timey-whimey. I love it and it has helped me to put River's arc to rest in my head (even though I would love to see a return of River in the show!). A job well done my friend Clap Clap 

I have spotted a glitch though, nothing major but It doesn't flow with River's appearances 100%. I found this little snippet on Wikipedia while I was trying to work out why 11 would take River to Darillium knowing it would be the second to last time she would see him (we all know how selfish the Doctor can be, why would he sacrifice his relationship with River!?). 

  • The younger two Rivers dislike the green dress in "First Night"/"Last Night", which her eldest self wears in "Last Night". She also wore it at the start of "Day of THE Moon" when she dove backwards out of the skyscraper, into the TARDIS' pool, indicating that, from the perspective of her imprisoned adult self, "The Impossible Astronaut" & "Day of the Moon" occurred between her second and eldest selves in "Last Night".
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Tilnaor Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014
I can examine this graphic for hours :D
THIS is how must works the dramaturgy of a time-travel scifi :)
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Kizuna31 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014
Awesome love it!! Seriously has helped me a lot but...one teeny tiny thing, she doesn't die from the gunshot.  Amy missed...somehow little Melody manages to follow leads on her parents all the way to New York City (hmm wonder where those leads are coming from ;) ) and manages to die of cold and hunger.  (also I was going to mention "hey but she comes back to the Wedding of River Song at the end that's not on here!" but I saw it in the footnotes ^-^)
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Ernelson Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Brilliant! Only suggestion I would make is that the Wedding of River Song and Impossible Astronaut should somehow be overlapping as they both incorporate the same event, Lake Silencio, with River even being there twice.
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Quitslinga Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
This is absolutely fantastic! Wonderful for re-watching Doctor Who if you don't want to lose track of how River's timeline fits into the Doctor's. Thanks for all the work you put into this, I love it! :-)
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55-Izzy Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
Hmm . . . I'm not sure I like The Snowmen where it is on here. If Snowmen comes at the end of the what is described as dark times where The Doctor has been all moody after enduring "losses" and refuses to help anyone anymore, it doesn't make sense to put Last Night after that time period. By the time he and Clara meet up with the computer River at Trenzalore, she has been dead for a "very, very long time." It makes more sense to include losing River in with losing the Ponds not giving him the option to just pop in and see her if he needs cheering up. I have to assume Last Night happens before The Snowmen and after "The Angels Take Manhattan."
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Kizuna31 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014
Yeah I always assumed that....it's why he was SO down in the dumps....in such a dark place...because he lost them all so close together.
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Pinkyri Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was totally searching for this, thank you so much!
Now I can watch the episodes following River's timeline :la:
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mikusingularity Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
I like how it looks like a subway map.
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JokinGonzalez Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013   Photographer
Great. I was looking for a similar graph to explain my wife why the more River knew The Doctor, the less he knew her along the series ;)
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Hypersapien Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
You need to add the contents of this

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Hypersapien Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
Oh, apparently you did, and I don't see any way to delete the comment.
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alienruler Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
Please do another update adding the trenzalor event as well as the vortex manipulator jumps
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readyaimmisfire Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Trenzalor is on there.. 'The Name of The Doctor'.
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DoctorWhoOne Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
looks an awful lot like a London Underground tube map :D
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FFAvatarBender Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
One thing I haven't understood about River is that everytime the Doctor meets her, she's supposed to be younger. But in The Angels Take Manhattan she was in her 3rd body and had been pardoned ages ago. How does that happen?
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LitTechGirl Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
Great timeline!

I included it in a little video I did yesterday, with credit to you...cause I was so happy I figured out which ways the arrows went I filmed a video about it. Here it is: [link]
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MelodyCurious Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
My husband asked me to work out a time-line to watch all the river episodes in correct order... *hugs* Thank you for doing the hard work for me!
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lilyrosa143 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Correct me if I'm wrong, but for river, wasn't the winter frost fair just before 'a good man goes to war'? Or am I thinking of something else?
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MarkArtichoke Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
At the end of "The Wedding of River Song" she appears before Amy in the garden having just climbed out of the Byzantium.
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namazzi Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey.
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FreakFlag Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
I'm really impressed that you did so much work!

The only thing I'm not sure is correct is when she was arrested and pardoned. Didn't we see her leaving her jail cell and letting herself back in on multiple occasions? If she was arrested after the events of "Day of the Moon" and then was pardoned sometime after "Flesh and Stone" we wouldn't have seen her in jail so often.
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antilepton Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Fantastic. So cool that you did this.
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starjoy63 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
Great job! love it!
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Lineov Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
You may want to add the visit that River Song gives her parents briefly at the end of The Wedding of River song. She mentions right at the very end that she has just finished crawling out of the Bizantium.
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ajkandy Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
Restyle this like a London Underground map = I will buy this as a poster :)
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starmike Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
River isn't dead in "Forest of the Dead", she's 'saved' in the data core.
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PianoWizzy Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hopefully we get more River this season to make this timescribble even more wibbly! :D
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walpurgis93knight Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
The end is near...NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
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MizAb Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
I'm honest to God getting angry because I cannot keep up with this, and I watch this damn show.
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killashandra-falta Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
I think I need a asprin now...
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Nihilant1012 Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
Amazing! The only thing I don't agree with is where you placed the pic-nic at Asgard. Moffat said in an interview that it's one of the adventures she had with the Tenth Doctor while he was travelling alone before regenerating into Eleven (that we have never seen). It should go between Flesh and Stone and Last Night then. (she also appears in The Wedding of River Song right after Flesh and Stone, but that might be messy to add XD)
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StitchinKat Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015
How could River have had any adventure with Ten when they only met the one time in Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead? He met her, and watched her die, before discovering why his future self gave River his sonic....to save her to the Library database!  If she had met him before his trip to the Library, he would have remembered her. He did not. 
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Weaselon Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Came here to say this. =)
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PacmanM Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Student General Artist
IT. FINALLY. MAKES. SENSE. O_O





LOL thanks, man XD
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willbrooks Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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DaleksinWonderland Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
Thank you for this!
Suddenly, things make more sense in my brain :)
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willbrooks Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
No worries! It was the only way to get it to make sense in my mind, too!

Went and watched them filming last night, though - looks like it'll be out-of-date pretty soon!
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DaleksinWonderland Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
Ooh...Jealousy/spoilersss....
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kerjen Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
WOW!! FANTASTIC job with following all the timelines including Melody and Mels! Never seen anyone do that before!
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willbrooks Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers! And thanks for the :+fav: !
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PunkXkitsune Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
looks like a trainline i like it xD can pretty much see what happens with river =)

though kinda sad that she saved the doctor who gets a real life while she has one in the computer =(
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TemptressMoon Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very clear and concise, well done :)
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willbrooks Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers! Was a right headache to work out at times!
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TemptressMoon Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i bet it would have been!
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