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In Eleventh Doctor episode The Impossible Astronaut, why do we see

River shooting the Tesselecta

and not

the moment when River chose not to kill the Doctor, and instead created the alternate universe.

Is this just for suspense in the story, or is there a logical explanation?

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There was no alternate timeline created in The Impossible Astronaut. She did shoot the Teselecta. The Doctor told her it was OK, that it had to be done. All that happened was that she hesitated.

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But later we see river choosing not to shoot the doctor..does it mean that it never happened? –  alessandra Aug 28 at 12:26
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It happened on an aborted timeline. You can argue endlessly about whether an aborted timeline ever "happened". –  BBlake Aug 28 at 13:22
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River at first refused to shoot the Teselecta, and that caused time to splinter. In the resultant alternate timeline, the Doctor convinced River to shoot the Teselecta. Time then reverted and River shot the Teselecta. So that was now what always happened since River never shooting it was overwritten. –  Amy Aug 28 at 16:15
    
It does make sense!Thanks!! –  alessandra Aug 28 at 18:37

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