Five years? The damndest thingis, I still have some pretty vivid memories of that weekend.
On topic, I don't mind River as a charcter. Although I can understand some of the frustrations, I've never felt the intense hatred of the character many seem to. Her story arc dragged a bit and got somewhat tiring, but as a character she's been written perfectly and performed even better by Alex Kingston.
Allyn Gibson wrote:
"The Name of the Doctor" reads like the final River Song appearance,
Like I said in the review thread, I'll be very surprised if it is. I'm sure as long as Moffat is showrunner, he'll keep bringing River back. Hell, even after Moffat steps down from running the show, if he sticks around to contribute a script a year, I'd say there'd still be a possibilty of River's return.