Fandom Category: Doctor Who
Pairing: River Song/Eleventh Doctor
Fic Title: The Truth That Binds
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13, MAJOR SPOILERS FOR EPISODE 7x05
Genre: Post-ep, angst
Why This Must Be Read: This one-shot is a beautiful, painful, perfect follow-up to the events of "The Angels Take Manhattan" (though it is entirely spoilery for that episode). The author dives into the heart of the many contradictions and confusions that River Song comprises, and she considers not only the toll that her relationship with the Doctor takes but also her choices within it--including why she'll be his wife, but not his companion. There's a brutal honesty here, necessary for their relationship (I think), which was hinted at in the episode. The Ponds aren't the only tragic-happy ending here.