Book Reviews

Review: The Legends of River Song


Title: The Legends of River Song

Author: Jenny T. ColganJaqueline RaynerSteve LyonsGuy Adams(Goodreads Author)Andrew Lyons

Published: June 2nd, 2016

Pages: 219 pages

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Published by BBC Books



‘Hello, sweetie!’

Melody Pond, Melody Malone, River Song…She has had many names. Whoever she really is, this archaeologist and time traveller has had more adventures (and got into more trouble) than most people in the universe.

And she’s written a lot of it down. Well, when you’re married to a Time Lord (or possibly not), you have to keep track of what you did and when. Especially as it may not actually have happened to both of you yet.

These are just a few of River Song’s exploits, extracted from her journals. Sometimes, she is with the Doctor. Sometimes she’s on her own. But wherever and whenever she may be, she is never far from danger and excitement.

This is just a tiny portion of her impossible life. But it will reveal more than you’ve ever known about the legend that is River Song.

Join me in my jump through time and space, will you, Sweetie?


First thing is first. If you know me, then you will know I tend to have a genuine distaste for Professor River Song. I typically find her to be terribly obnoxious. Way too “I’m badass, you and everyone in this universe and the next know it.” Really freaking annoying, guys. Occasionally, she grows on me though, more so as of late, but she’s still on my “not so fab character list.” Same with Missy. I hated her in the beginning, but near the end of Capaldi’s era, I started to like her a bit more. For this reason, I had put off picking up this book. But, after some time had passed, I came across this in the library stacks and, for shits and giggles, I decided to pick it up.

I was pleasantly surprised. It was kind of funny and made me like River a bit more than I had. The book consisted of five “diary entries,” all from different events in River’s life. Of which, I believe, two included the Doctor. And one which included a living mannequin of Elvis. But that’s a story for you to check out for yourself. As River says, “Spoilers!”

Each of the stories, or diary entries, gave me a new perspective on River’s character. Though you’ll see with her character on the show, River tends to only care for herself, the Doctor, and her parents, Amy and Rory. In the book, she shows a part of herself we don’t normally see. That River is the main heroine. She decides how she will act. She decides whether or not she will intervene in events. We actually get to see some of her adventures, which was fun.

If you’re like me and tend to avoid anything Professor River Song (though her diary I would steal in a heartbeat. And the vortex manipulator), you shouldn’t skip out on The Legends of River Song.


P.S. There is the occasional spelling error–and no, I’m not talking about the differences between American English and British English, these are legit mistakes (i.e.: closed instead of close) and the occasional missing punctuation mark. But don’t worry, they don’t interfere with the story, nor do they occur too often. It’s just stuff that was missed before publication.


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