In The Husbands of River Song when the Doctor took River to the singing towers, once they started singing he started crying. River asked...

RIVER: Are you crying?

DOCTOR: No. Just the wind.

RIVER: Nothing's ever just the wind.

DOCTOR: No? It blows through the cave system and harmonises with the crystal layer.

RIVER: Why are you sad?

Why didn't the Doctor say why he was sad? Is it because he misses Clara and traveling with her? I think it was, but what was the Doctor sad about?

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You have to remember that The Doctor and River encounter each other in "reverse" order. The first time the Doctor met her, was River's last time they saw each other, and vice versa.

The Doctor is sad because he knows for a fact that it's the last time he'll see River in that incarnation. In fact, the next time they meet each other, according to River's timeline, will be in the episodes Silence In the Library / Forest of The Dead, which is a Tenth Doctor adventure, in Series 4. In that episode...(SPOILERS AHEAD)

River sacrifices herself to save the Doctor and all the people in the Library. That's her "death", so to speak, and the Doctor is sad about that.

From the script of Forest of The Dead (emphasis mine)

RIVER: Funny thing is, this means you've always known how I was going to die. All the time we've been together, you knew I was coming here. The last time I saw you, the real you, the future you, I mean, you turned up on my doorstep, with a new haircut and a suit. You took me to Darillium to see the Singing Towers. What a night that was. The Towers sang, and you cried. You wouldn't tell me why, but I suppose you knew it was time. My time. Time to come to the library. You even gave me your screwdriver. That should have been a clue.

  • Maybe add the quote from SitL/FotD about Darillium?
    – Rand al'Thor
    Mar 17, 2016 at 22:13
  • I don't know why the spoiler tag sometimes doesn't work for me. I wanted to hide it because I really think OP hasn't seen that episode, based on his question.
    – tilley31
    Mar 17, 2016 at 22:19
  • All right!! I think I have figured it out now xD
    – tilley31
    Mar 17, 2016 at 22:28
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    This might help?
    – Rand al'Thor
    Mar 17, 2016 at 22:39
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    In a sense, the Doctor is sad for the same reason that River is sad: her diary is almost full.
    – Martha
    Mar 17, 2016 at 22:47

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