By Rachel Stewart / notprolificnotprofound

“That’s not a plan, that’s just hoping!” – River Song in the mini-episode Rain Gods

This week, River Song fans got a treat via the upcoming series 7 box set of Doctor Who: a mini-episode featuring River Song and the Doctor on a date in the rain. [Check out the clip here.]

The scene came from the original opening sequence of The Doctor’s Wife, written by Neil Gaiman, which was cut due budget concerns. It was then rescued and restored in comic form, only to morph into this mini-episode, under Steven Moffat’s direction. [In the original draft, much of River’s dialogue is spoken by Rory Williams. How’s that for timey wimey?]

So, why is this so important, you ask?

+ The Name of the Doctor felt depressingly final for many Doctor/River Song fans. Series 7 has been about love and loss for the Doctor, with the departure of the Ponds and meeting and losing multiple Claras throughout time. When River Song finally appears in Trenzalore, she’s a data ghost, saved in the library and yet lost to him forever. In this clip, they are alive and laughing.

+ This clip confirms River’s promise in The Angels Take Manhattan that she will travel with the Doctor “whenever and wherever” he wants — just not all the time. How this clip fits into her general timeline is still to be determined, but at least it means the Doctor has taken his TARDIS out of the clouds for a bit.

+ River pulls out one of her most iconic outfits from the TARDIS closet for this quick journey: the All Saints Zeeda dress made famous in Day of the Moon. [River Song cosplayers are furiously trying to ID the rest of her outfit as we speak!]

So for whatever reason, thank you, Steven Moffat and Neil Gaiman, for allowing the Doctor and River to have a happy moment. Here’s to hoping you plan some more!

About notprolificnotprofound

Rachel Stewart has been obsessed about all things pop culture from an early age, but counts Doctor Who and Jem and the Holograms among her main obsessions. She blogs about her cosplay adventures at conventions, weekly geek-inspired outfits and whatever else takes her fancy at her blog notprolificnotprofound.