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River meets the Eleventh Doctor for the first time. This was also the first time we'd caught up with her since her 2008 debut.
This time, into Alex Kingston. Thankfully, for both concerned, a night on this planet lasts 24 years. The two spend a final night together at the Singing Towers of Darillium, as she mentioned when the pair first met see below.
Kovarian and the Silence get their nasty mitts back on their weapon after River receives her first doctorate and becomes Dr Song. His presence is more pervasive than most people think. After kidnapping all but River as she's dead , the Great Intelligence and the Whispermen bring them to the Doctor's tomb on Trenzalore.
Six months later, Melody makes it to New York City, where, in front of an old tramp in an alleyway, she begins to regenerate. Having been kidnapped by the Silence and taken to Florida, USA in 1969 and raised in the less-than-welcoming Graystark Hall orphanage , Melody has been phoning President Nixon telling him that she's "scared of the spaceman".
One of the best episodes of the new era — and one of the darkest. We won't go into just why or how this happened or, indeed, how this was all fixed , but the long and short of it is: We then discover that she didn't actually kill the Doctor in Utah during the events of 'The Impossible Astronaut' just a Teselecta version of him. Amy and Rory.
Scripts come in that need a little work. Doctor Who preview: How a real-life tragedy inspired Doctor Who story. It was also a memorable first return for the Weeping Angels and saw the crash of the Byzantium, as referred to in River's diary in her first outing, 'Silence in the Library' see point 14.
A few minutes later, the Doctor is back. She is drugged, forced into a spacesuit and taken to Utah, where she "kills" the Eleventh Doctor — this is also where the events of points 2 and 8 take place.