How exactly does Time Lord marriage work? The Doctor has been married at least seven times. Six of his wives we've seen in one fiction or another and whoever the heck Susan's grandmother is.
Patience was married to Omega before later getting remarried to the Doctor.
The 8th Doctor was married to Scarlette in the comics.
The 10th Doctor married Queen Elizabeth the first and then presumably she never saw him again after the wedding prompting her to create the Torchwood institute and declare the Doctor as their enemy. Well she did see him again but from the Doctor's perspective he hadn't done anything yet to make her angry since they don't actually get married till later... and he only asked her to marry him because he didn't think she would actually accept. He was trying to trick what he was thought was a Zygon.
The Eleventh Doctor married Marilyn Monroe.
Oddly there seems to be a three way going on between the Doctor, River Song, and Cleopatra.
So do Time Lords normally practice Polygamy? (marriage to multiple spouses at the same time) Or is it actually Monogamy? (Marriage to a single partner) There's two things to consider here.
1. He's a time traveler so it's hard to say if being married to one person in the 1800's and someone else in the 2000's is really polygamy. On the one hand in the year 2011 when he marries River Song, all of his other wives would technically be dead meaning the marriage doesn't exist at that time period. But on the other hand because he can travel through time and so can River, the women could from each of their points of view be married to the Doctor at the same time. River going into the past, is still the Doctor's wife despite existing in a time before they were actually married.
2. The words till death do we part. Does that apply to the person as a whole or when he dies and regenerates into another man does that mean that any marriage from a previous regeneration no longer counts? Oddly River got married to the 11th Doctor but appears to still consider his previous incarnations her husband as well despite them not actually being married to her yet. The 12th Doctor also still seems to consider River his wife which would suggest that regenerating doesn't erase the marriage. Plus the Doctor was married to River, Marilyn, and Cleopatra all in the same incarnation.
I would think that earlier versions of a person who haven't actually have the experience of the wedding yet do not count as being married. This would mean that when Doctor first met River in Library she was married to him in the future but that version of the Doctor was not her husband. This also means that when Melody meets the Doctor for the first time, she is not his wife.
As to the other part of when exactly a marriage ends... I still don't know. When is it ever appropriate to get remarried if you can continue to see your dead wife at earlier points in her time stream? River technically died before they were married from the Doctor's perspective. Till death do we part doesn't mean much when she's already dead. How does this work?
I'm not putting this in the TV/movies section because some of this comes from comics and radio so I just figured General Discussion would be better. So what are your thoughts on how marriage works when time travel is involved?
Another thing that really bothers me about time travel relationships... they don't seem to ever take into consideration the actual age of the characters. Like lets say I were to time travel to the year 1917. I met a woman who from a certain perspective would actually be my age... except if you go by the year she's in reality 100 years older than I am. We might look the same age because of being displaced in time but from my perspective she's 131 and from her perspective I'm not even born yet. What could we possibly have in common when we both grew up in completely different centuries. Her experiences would be vastly different from mine. We can't talk about movies, or television which is like 90% of my childhood because she wouldn't even know what those things are. She would be boring to me. I might be fascinating to her because she comes from a time where women just cooked and had babies and I come from a time where women actually have their own lives. I think she'd be much more interested in me than I am in her because of the different time periods we grew up in. She can look young because of the time displacement but that won't stop her from acting like a grandma. If I was going to use time travel to get married outside of my own time period, I'd go to the future, find out who my wife is going to be, then travel to the past and arrange it so I met her when we're kids that way we can literally spend our whole lives together. Plus then I can skip over the failed relationships and years of loneliness and just skip straight to the girl I'm suppose to marry in the future.
Other than that I think the first rule of time travel should be never have a relationship with someone outside of your own time line. You could end up becoming your own grandfather or erasing yourself from existence. Just don't do it.
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