The mysterious Professor River song first appears in the Series Four episode Silence in the Library. I liked her right off the bat. Her attitude, her confidence, I loved it. Then the hook was pulled out: she already knows the Doctor, but he doesn’t know her.
The first time I saw this, it simply drew me into the story further. And (spoilers!) of course I was sad at the end of Forest of the Dead. That final run through the Library is one of the more touching moments of that series.
This past weekend I went to Marcon 49. (Posts about that wonderful weekend are coming!) I took my laptop, HDMI cord, and Series Four with me. I think this is the first time I’ve watched Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead since the end of Series Seven. Since we have been told a whole lot more about River Song. Which really changed the episode for me.
The moments I noticed having more of an impact was when she would look at him, longing for him to know her. Now knowing everything that she went through with Eleven, it became so much more heartbreaking. Also, when she described the last time he saw her and gave her the sonic, I thought back to that little mini episode “Last Night” and felt more emotional than any previous time.
That really is the beauty of Doctor Who. You can plant seeds of a future storyline way ahead of time and then when you watch it again, it has just that much more impact.