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The Wedding of River Song 

April 22nd, 2011; 5:02pm. Having finally accepted his fate the Doctor travels to Lake Silencio for his final day. But one woman refuses to let time take its course.


Jeremy Webb


Steven Moffat, Terry Nation (characters: "Daleks") | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Smith ... The Doctor
Karen Gillan ... Amy Pond
Arthur Darvill ... Rory
Alex Kingston ... River Song
Frances Barber ... Madame Kovarian
Simon Fisher-Becker ... Dorium Maldovar
Ian McNeice ... Emperor Winston Churchill
Richard Hope ... Dr. Malokeh
Marnix Van Den Broeke ... The Silent
Nicholas Briggs ... Dalek (voice)
Simon Callow ... Charles Dickens
Sian Williams Sian Williams ... Sian Williams
Bill Turnbull Bill Turnbull ... Bill Turnbull
Meredith Vieira ... Newsreader
Niall Greig Fulton ... Gideon Vandaleur


It's April 22, 2011 the day the Doctor is supposed to die but time seems to be stuck at 5:02 p.m. London streets are clogged not only with automobiles but also Roman chariots; pterodactyls fly in the sky. The Holy Roman Emperor, Winston Churchill, calls on a prisoner to explain what is happening. In fact, all time seems to be occurring all at once. The Doctor determines that a fixed point in time has been altered or prevented from occurring. That fixed point is his own death at Lake Silencio where history records that River Song killed him. Of course not all is as it seems, particularly as it relates to the Doctor himself. Written by garykmcd

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1 October 2011 (UK) See more »

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Moab, Utah, USA See more »

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BBC Cymru Wales See more »
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Did You Know?


Gideon Vandaleur, The Silence envoy in The Wedding of River Song (#6.13) wears a Viking helmet and armor. See more »


The marks appear on the Doctor's forearms but he has nothing to draw them with. See more »


The Doctor: Love what you've done with the pyramids! How did you score all this?
River Song: Hallucinogenic lipstick. Worked wonders on President Kennedy. And Cleopatra was a real pushover.
The Doctor: I always thought so.
River Song: She mentioned you.
The Doctor: And what did she say?
River Song: "Put down that gun."
The Doctor: And did you?
River Song: Eventually.
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Featured in Doctor Who Live: The Afterparty (2013) See more »


Tick Tock
Written by Murray Gold
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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What a ridiculous mess!
11 October 2018 | by kingkassSee all my reviews

I don't know why I don't give these episodes like a 2/10 because I don't feel any emotions, there is no mind blowing sci fi moments and there aren't really any intense scenes. It doesn't feel like a doctor who episode. I guess the acting is well done and there are a few cool moments here and there. But overall, there are too many "cool" scenes. There is no story here. It's just one unnecessary cool scene after the other. Again. The plot is not so complex, but it's really all just info dump. To remedy just boring exposition they try to build a story around it, complicating things for the sake of it. This way it isn't boring I guess, but it isn't good. It's just a forced and over the top mess.

This is really a dark time for doctor who.

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