Date: 2011-10-03 03:36 am (UTC)
Thank you for your points. :)

I just want to point out that the Doctor didn't really marry River, and I think this is part of my problem with the entire episode, and it's not just because I'm not River's biggest fan.

First of all - it happened in an alternate timeline that never really existed, in a bubble universe that was destroyed once the Doctor's "death" happened in Utah. Aside from that, the Doctor wasn't even really the Doctor when the Gallifreyan bonding ceremony - and I honestly don't think it was a ceremony as it is, but a slapdash trick that the Doctor did to manipulate River's feelings for him - but it was the Teselecta robot with the Doctor inside. And finally, the Doctor said it himself: "I don't want to marry you."

I think that River just got the crap part of the deal, and for her to still love a man who manipulated her to restore the integrity of timelines and to put her in jail for a crime she was programmed to commit isn't really the actions of a man who is in love with her. Furthermore, I think that any other actions that he did for her (taking her to see Stevie Wonder, the singing towers of Derillium) was the act of a man trying to make up for the wrongs he did, simply because the burden of guilt was too great.
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