It had writing in Gallifreyan carved into the sides. After Amy Pond demanded to know what it says, River Song pointed to the writing, said "it doesn't translate but this will," and handed Amy a piece of cloth that said "River Song." The Doctor still had it stored within the TARDIS during his eleventh incarnation, indicating he was sentimental about it.
He put the Ganger-infant of Melody Pond in it to rest after he had rescued her on Demon's Run. Upon seeing the cot, Amy Pond pointed out "the Doctor's first stars" hanging above the cot. (TV: A Good Man Goes to War)
Behind the scenes Edit
- It is unknown if the Doctor had a child of his own use the cot. Before revealing he slept in the cot, he avoided answering when Amy asked him if he ever had children. However, Alex Kingston raised the question in River Song Confidential: A Good Man Goes to War about "how many babies have really been in that cot?" Kingston also stated her belief that the Gallifreyan writing on the side is the Doctor's true name.
- While the cot could be interpreted as going against the Doctor's Loom-born origins established in the Virgin New Adventures, the short story Cobweb and Ivory indicates that Looms are kept in cradles.