“He hugs everybody, he says hello to everybody, he remembers the name of everybody’s kids. He’s been such an extraordinary ambassador for the show. I can now honestly say that the way Matt carries himself as The Doctor is something of which The Doctor would be immensely proud.”
— Steven Moffat
He’s a man that can’t drive his own time machine, right? He’s a bloke. He’s a bloke that stole a time machine and called himself the Doctor. He doesn’t even try to seek out injustice, he just blunders around trying to go to lunch and, because he’s a good man, tries to save people if it comes up that he has to do that. He’s not a deity. He’s just simply not. He’s not human, but he’s human in the other sense of the word.- Steven Moffat
The most interesting thing here stems from the fact that River doesn’t know Donna or have any personal vested interest in her and yet she looks at her with such emotion. Donna doesn’t die traveling with The Doctor as the audience suspects in this moment. She forgets.
River has seen a lot of horrible things and isn’t one to be easily moved, but you can see how just the mention of Donna’s name completely affects her. The look on her face reflects the pain of what The Doctor told her about Donna. We are seeing a reflection of how much and how deeply what happened to Donna affected The Doctor long after she was gone.
“Who are you?”
"You’re going to find out very soon now. And I’m sorry. But that’s when everything changes."
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