Warning: Spoilers for series five and six of New Who
River Song is, hands down, my favourite character in Doctor Who. Her story is without a doubt one of the most confusing of any of the characters in the show, meeting the Doctor out of order. There are plenty of people who have worked out what order the episodes should be watched in to experience the events of canon from River’s point of view – and it gets really confusing – but when you watch the episodes from River’s point of view, there is a glaring inconsistency.
For River, the two-parter Time of the Angels and Flesh and Stone happen after The Pandorica Opens and The Big Bang. We know this from River’s comment at the end of Flesh and Stone when she tells to the Doctor to ‘wait until the Pandorica opens’. But this means that River experiences a crack in time after the TARDIS’ explosion was prevented and the cracks in time were erased from history.
I could get over this and admit that it isn’t that much of a problem, if it weren’t for something the Doctor said in A Good Man Goes to War: he says that the entire fifth series of New Who – and, consequently, all of the stories involving the cracks in time – happen in an alternate timeline. According to the Doctor, him flying the Pandorica into the exploding TARDIS created a brand new timeline where the cracks were no longer around.
River, then, jumps from one timeline – the timeline where the cracks were no longer around – to a previous timeline, where the cracks were still present in the universe.
I’m not entirely sure how that’s supposed to work, but then again, it’s Doctor Who – and almost anything goes when it comes to Doctor Who.