River Song’s Timeline


Here is ‘River Song’s Timeline’.

N.B. This is in working progress.

I’ve referred to


to help me put this version of the timeline together.

I’ve included all the TV stories, audios; books and comics.

The (TV) and (Audio) stories are highlighted in DARK AZURE.

The (Book) stories are to remain un-highlighted for now.

 The short stories are highlighted in DARK AZURE and/or ITALICS; and are CENTRED.

The stories with links to reviews by me on my blog are highlighted in BOLD and DARK AZURE.

Regarding the (Book) stories, I’ve identified each of them as follows in the KEY below.

*BB – BBC Books

Regarding the (Audio) stories, I’ve identified each of them as follows in the KEY below.

**BFAD – Big Finish Audio Drama

Here is a list of abbreviations for some of the (Audio) stories and what they mean.

  • (DRS) – ‘The Diary of River Song’
  • (TLOCJ) – ‘The Lives of Captain Jack

Regarding the short stories, I’ve identified each of them as follows with abbreviations.

  • (TAW) – ‘Twelve Angels Weeping’

Please feel free to ask questions about this timeline, as I intend to revisit this and add new stories to the list as time goes on.

I’ve divided the timeline into 3 phases
1. Melody Pond
2. Mels
3. River Song

1. Melody Pond

Melody’s birth on Demons’ Run from ‘A Good Man Goes To War’ (TV) takes place here.
Melody’s appearance in the ‘Prequel’ (TV) to ‘The Impossible Astronaut’ (TV) takes place here.
The Captain Jack and Melody scene from ‘R&J’ (TLOCJ) (Audio) – BFAD** in 1969 before Melody’s regeneration takes place here.
Melody as a little girl in ‘The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon’ (TV) takes place here before she regenerates into Mels.

2. Mels

Mels with Amelia Pond and Rory Williams from ‘Let’s Kill Hitler’ (TV) takes place here.
Mels with Amy Pond and Rory Williams from ‘Let’s Kill Hitler’ (TV) takes place here.

  • Imaginary Enemies (Comic)

Mel’s regeneration into River Song from ‘Let’s Kill Hitler’ (TV) takes place here.

3. River Song

The Captain Jack and River scene from ‘R&J’ (TLOCJ) (Audio) – BFAD**  where River attends her first lecture at the Luna University to meet Hark Jackness takes place here.
The Captain Jack and River scene from ‘R&J’ (TLOCJ) (Audio) – BFAD** where River attempts to assassinate the Ninth Doctor takes place here during the events of ‘Boom Town’ (TV).

River’s appearance at the end of ‘Closing Time’ (TV) takes place before ‘The Wedding of River Song’ (TV).
The ‘Prequel’ (TV) to ‘The Wedding of River Song’ (TV) takes place here.
River inside the astronaut suit from ‘The Wedding of the River Song’ (TV) takes place at the same time during ‘The Impossible Astronaut’ (TV).

The Captain Jack’s rescue of River from the transport shuttle taking her to Stormcage from ‘R&J’ (TLOCJ) (Audio) – BFAD** takes place here.
‘First Night’/’Last Night’ (‘Night and the Doctor’) (TV)

The Captain Jack and River scene from ‘R&J’ (TLOCJ) (Audio) – BFAD** where she confides her husband has gone off to fight in a war (presumably The Battle of Demon’s Run) takes place during ‘A Good Man Goes To War’ (TV).
Captain Jack and River’s visit to Darillium from ‘R&J’ (TLOCJ) (Audio) – BFAD** where they meet an older River takes place here.

  • Pond Life (Comic)
  • An Adventure in Brine and Plaice (Comic)
  • Double Date (Comic)
  • Summer Wholiday (Comic)
  • Timeliney Wimey (Comic)
  • Take a Bow (Tie)
  • The Legends of River Song (Book) – BB*

1. Picnic at Asgard
2. Suspicious Minds
3. A Gamble with Time
4. Death in New Venice
5. River of Time

‘The Bekdel Test’ (DRS) (Audio) – BFAD** takes place here.
‘Without A Paddle’ from ‘The Many Lives of Doctor Who’ (Comic) takes place here.
‘The Lifeboat and the Deathboat’ (DRS) (Audio) – BFAD** takes place here.
‘The Power of River Song’ from 15. ‘Incursions’ (U) (Audio) – BFAD** takes place here.

River visits Amy and Rory shortly after ‘Flesh and Stone’ (TV) at the end of ‘The Wedding of River Song’ (TV).
River’s narration of ‘Monster Files: Weeping Angels’ (Webcast) takes place here.
River’s narration of ‘Monster Files: Vampires’ (Webcast) takes place here.
River’s narration of ‘Monster Files: Homo Reptilia’ (Webcast) takes place here.
‘Rain Gods’ (DVD) takes place here.
River’s appearance in ‘The Day of the Doctor’ (TV) according to the novelization/audiobook takes place here.

  • The Lady in the Lake (DRS) (Audio) – BFAD**
  • A Requiem for the Doctor (DRS) (Audio) – BFAD**
  • My Dinner With Andrew (DRS) (Audio) – BFAD**
  • The Furies (DRS) (Audio) – BFAD**

‘Lies in Ruins’ from ‘The Legacy of Time’ (Audio) – BFAD** takes place here.
‘Animal Instinct’ (DRS) (Audio) – BFAD** takes place here.

  • Colony of Strangers (DRS) (Audio) – BFAD**
  • Abbey of Heretics (DRS) (Audio) – BFAD**
  • Barrister to the Stars (DRS) (Audio) – BFAD**
  • Carnival of Angels (DRS) (Audio) – BFAD**
  • The Angels Take Manhattan (TV)

River writes the ‘Melody Malone’ mystery novels ‘Private Detective in Old New York Town’ and ‘The Angel’s Kiss’ (Book/Audio) – BB*+BAB**
‘The Guide to the Dark Times’ (TLV) (Annual)

  • Time in a Bottle (DRS) (Audio) – BFAD**
  • Kings of Infinite Space (DRS) (Audio) – BFAD**
  • Whodunnit? (DRS) (Audio) – BFAD**
  • Someone I Once Knew (DRS) (Audio) – BFAD**

‘Emancipation’ from ‘The Eighth of March’ (Audio) – BFAD** takes place here.

The older River from ‘R&J’ (TLOCJ) (Audio) – BFAD** at the end of her years with the Twelfth Doctor from ‘The Husbands of River Song’ (TV) takes place here.
Captain Jack and River’s visit to the Face of Boe’s funeral from ‘R&J’ (TLOCJ) (Audio) – BFAD** takes place here.
‘Concealed Weapon’ (DRS) (Audio) – BFAD** takes place here.
River Song’s appearance in ‘The Lost Dimension’ (Comic) takes place here.

  • The Boundless Sea (DRS) (Audio) – BFAD**
  • I Went To A Marvelous Party (DRS) (Audio) – BFAD**
  • Signs (DRS) (Audio) – BFAD**
  • The Rulers of the Universe (DRS) (Audio) – BFAD**

‘Student Bodies’ (TAW/Audio) – BAB**

  • The Unknown (DRS) (Audio) – BFAD**
  • Five Twenty-Nine (DRS) (Audio) – BFAD**
  • World Enough and Time (DRS) (Audio) – BFAD**
  • The Eye of the Storm (DRS) (Audio) – BFAD**

‘The Sonomancer’ from ‘Doom Coalition 2’ (Audio) – BFAD** takes place here.
‘The Eighth Piece’, ‘The Doomsday Chronometer’ and ‘The Crucible of Souls’ from ‘Doom Coalition 3’ (Audio) – BFAD** takes place here.
‘Songs of Love’ from ‘Doom Coalition 4’ (Audio) – BFAD** takes place here.
‘Companion Piece’ from ‘Ravenous 3’ (Audio) – BFAD** takes place here.

  • Slight Glimpses of Tomorrow (DRS) (Audio) – BFAD**
  • A Brave New World (DRS) (Audio) – BFAD**
  • A Forever Home (DRS) (Audio) – BFAD**
  • Queen of the Mechonoids (DRS) (Audio) – BFAD**
  • An Unearthly Woman (DRS) (Audio) – BFAD**
  • The Web of Time (DRS) (Audio) – BFAD**
  • Peepshow (DRS) (Audio) – BFAD**
  • The Talents of Greel (DRS) (Audio) – BFAD**
  • Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead (TV)
  • The Name of the Doctor (TV)

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19 thoughts on “River Song’s Timeline

    1. Tim Bradley Post author

      Hi Omega.

      I have placed ‘The Husbands of River Song’ in between ‘The Angels Take Manhattan’ and ‘Silence in the Library’.

      Do you mean that ‘The Diary of River Song’ and ‘Doom Coalition’ audios with River are set before ‘The Husbands of River Song’? I’ve not listened to those stories yet.

      Tim. 🙂


  1. Evan

    The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang cannot have happened that late in the timeline because that’s when she gets the vortex manipulator and she’s seen with it in The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon.

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  2. Toymaker

    Doesn’t Animal Instinct take place before Carnival of Angels? Mainly because I’m sure the student in that explicitly states he has earned his doctorate come the events of the latter.

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  3. Ed

    Hi. Just thinking… If river had got the sonic screwdriver from the 12th doctor to replace her sonic trowel… Why is the audio dramas with her using the sonic trowel placed after the husbands of river song… If she had been given the screwdriver she would have used that instead of the trowel

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    1. Tim Bradley Post author

      Hi Ed.

      Thanks for dropping a line.

      I’m afraid I’ve not heard ‘The Diary of River Song’ audios yet. There are a lot of ‘Doctor Who’-related audios available and I’ve not focused so much on the spin-offs, so I can’t really comment about the sonic trowel stories if they take place before or after ‘The Husbands of River Song’. I tend to rely on what people tell me where they think the audios take place in a certain timeline.

      If you think the sonic trowel audios take place before ‘The Husbands of River Song’, please let me know and tell me which ones so I can re-stituate them accordingly.

      Many thanks,
      Tim. 🙂


      1. Ellie

        I’m rather late to the party, but I thought I’d put my two cents in as to the order of “The Diary of River Song.” The trowel is something of a problem, however the stories must take place after “The Husbands of River Song”. In the audio dramas, River seems to meet a future version of the doctor, and accepts this without a problem. However, before ‘Husbands’, River believed that Eleven was the last doctor (and thus, much of the episode’s comedy and tragedy are created). She therefore needs to know that a future version is possible, so series one must take place after THoRS.

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      2. Tim Bradley Post author

        Hi Ellie.

        Thanks for your insight into this. Much appreciated.

        At present, the Series 1 stories of ‘DORS’ are placed after ‘The Husbands of River Song’. There probably will come a time when I will check out the ‘DORS’ stories by Big Finish. For now, anyone who has any more suggestions on where the stories should be placed, please let me know.

        Tim 🙂


      3. Ellie

        Hi Tim,
        I definitely recommend giving them a listen. I’m on series two at the moment and absolutely loving them.

        I actually have a rather crazy theory developing in my head that places at least series one of DoRS after The Name of the Doctor. There are a bunch of things that don’t quite make sense character wise unless River has already been to The Library by the time the audio adventures start. But I’m definitely in the minority here!

        Anyway, thanks for compiling this! It’s brilliant.

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  4. Surely

    Is there a guess as to when she was in her timeline when Rory tries to recruit her in A Good Man Goes to War vs when she shows up at the end of the episode after her infant self was kidnapped?

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    1. Tim Bradley Post author

      Hi Surely.

      I’ve always assumed the two scenes featuring River Song in ‘A Good Man Goes To War’ take place one scene after the other. But then TARDIS.wiki have suggested that the scene where River turns up after the Battle of Demon’s Run takes place before Rory tried to recruit her.

      If you have a better suggestion on where the scenes take place, please let me know and I’ll see if I can amend it on River’s timeline.

      Many thanks,

      Tim. 🙂


  5. Roger

    Thank you for this wonderful timeline! Everyone else has copies of just the tv episodes. I have now almost compiled all the story line in your order. I have three more items still to find but find I have four audiobooks from “The Diary of River Song” #8 not listed on your list here:
    “Glimpses of Tomorrow 8-01”
    “A Brave New World 8-02”
    “A Forever Home 8-03”
    “Queen of the Mechanoids 8-04”

    Where might they go?

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    1. Tim Bradley Post author

      Hi Roger.

      Very pleased you like my timeline for River Song. I’ve added the stories from Series 8 of ‘The Diary of River Song’ to her timeline.

      Many thanks for your comments,

      Tim. 🙂


  6. Roger

    Thank You !! But,Dog-Gone it…found another… In the comic book “Dr Who – The Eleventh Doctor” #9 April 2015 there is another comic called “Double Date” Comic wise it comes after “And Adventure in Brine and Plaice and Before “Summer Wholiday” so I am guessing its where it goes in the Time line. Something else to add to this amazing collection of data!

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    1. Tim Bradley Post author

      Hi Roger.

      Thanks for letting me know about ‘Double Date’. I’ve added it to River’s timeline as well as to the Eleventh Doctor’s, Amy’s and Rory’s.

      Tim. 🙂


  7. The Great Rojelio! - nah just me

    Hi, me again…just found out the Books listed on your page, there is actually only one book. The “Angels Kiss” is the only actually one published, with the cover of the one shown in the TV show which is called “Private Detective in Old New York Town”. ALSO, it is said, (THEY – THEM) Alex Kingston made an audiobook of the “Angels Kiss” as well. and THEY/THEM are RIGHT!
    ( I love researching BTW)

    THEY?THEM:( referenced in the “Related Real-World Works” section):

    A brief mention of the audio book only on Fandom Tardis Core in the ” Notes” section:

    Proof of the AUdiobook by audible:

    One last note that doesnt actually include River Song is an “EXCLUSIVE PREQUEL SCENE to Doctor Who: The Legacy of Time” where the story “Lies in Ruins” is found, on youtube. It merely refers to “hope(ing) to catch up with an old friend…or two.”


    PS you dont have to post this info. its mainly for your reference information only anyway

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    1. Tim Bradley Post author

      Thanks for this info, Roger.

      Greatly appreciate it. I’ve tweaked ‘The Angel’s Kiss’ listing to include the audiobook, which I can’t believe I forgot to do in the first place. Incidentally, I’ve included ‘The Legacy of Time’ prequel scene to my review of the epic story.

      Many thanks,

      Tim. 🙂



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