Helpful Infographic To Explain River Song And The Doctor

Some things are so complicated, they can only be represented via the medium of pictures. Like the preposterously complicated series of asynchronous meetings between River Song and the Doctor in Doctor Who. When we first see her, she dies. Then she’s alive again, then he changes, then she’s a baby…it’s like trying to plait sawdust.

So thank heavens for the enterprising soul (called ‘dpXEG,’ apparently) who came up with this infographic, mapping every meeting between the time-crossed lovers onto two time lines. As you can see, it needs to be fairly big to get everything in, and you’ll need to click on it to get the full effect.

And if that isn’t enough research material for you, you might be interested to learn that the Doctor Who Encyclopedia has been released today, published by Random House. There’s an interactive bundle of information for each of the last three Doctors for your tablet computer, each one costing $6.99.

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.

He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.

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