The Diary of River Song Series 5
Alex Kingston (River Song), Michelle Gomez, Geoffrey Beevers, Derek Jacobi, Eric Roberts (Missy/The Master), Delroy Atkinson (Dav Christos / Therian Leader), Sasha Behar (Admiral Eno), Orion Ben (Nina Purkis), Timothy Blore (Luke Sullieman), Richenda Carey (Darial / Admiral), Eleanor Crooks (Kaliopi Mileska / Robot), Andrew Fettes (Hewel / Prison Guard), Fiona Hampton (Zerelda / Charlotte Henries), Lucy Heath (Alison), Laurence Kennedy (Director), Jacqueline King (Michelle Lambon), Christopher Naylor (Number Two / Computer / James), Himesh Patel (Ayrton Valencia / Engineer), Tom Price (Hugo), Vineeta Rishi (Amita Burman), Emily Woodward (Adella Franz Therian)
The Doctor isn’t the only Time Lord River runs into on her travels up and down the timeline.
The Master, in all of his – or her – guises, also has a chequered history with Professor Song. And whenever they meet, it’s a close call as to who comes out on top…
It’s something River must get used to: there are three people in her marriage – at the very least!
5.1 The Bekdel Test by Jonathan Morris
Back at the start of her imprisonment, Doctor Song becomes a guinea pig for an innovative new security system.
But it’s her fellow prisoners she needs to be most wary of.
Because it’s early days for Missy, too. The Doctor is dead, and she is outraged that somebody else killed him first…
5.2 Animal Instinct by Roy Gill
On a world where vicious beasts stalk ancient ruins, Professor Song teaches a student the finer points of archaeology.
But then she meets an incarnation of the Master who is desperate to survive.
And if they are going to escape this place alive, they all must work together.
5.3 The Lifeboat and the Deathboat by Eddie Robson
Stranded in the Vortex, a father and daughter do their best to survive, living on salvage in a ramshackle vessel.
Elsewhere, an obsessive ship’s captain hunts down a vengeful monster, whatever the cost.
And River is caught between them, uncovering an old enemy in the most unexpected new guise.
5.4 Concealed Weapon by Scott Handcock
A deep space exploration mission nears its end – when suddenly, the crew start to die.
River must try to protect her colleagues and work out what else is on board their ship.
Something is stalking them, and the deadliest Master of all has his own plans for River Song…
Over the course of four audio series made in arrangement with BBC Studios, River Song (played masterfully by Alex Kingston) has shone alongside several incarnations of the Doctor, including Paul McGann, Sylvester McCoy, Colin Baker, Peter Davison and upcoming in August, Tom Baker. But all that is set to change…
In January 2019, River Song will face off against four regenerations of the Master, the mortal enemy of the Doctor, in the fifth series of adventures. And some old (and new) faces are returning…
Alongside Geoffrey Beevers (first playing The Master in Doctor Who episode The Keeper of Traken in 1981) and Derek Jacobi (who played The Master in 2008 episode Utopia and continues at Big Finish), Michelle Gomez returns as Missy, who we last saw in the latest Doctor Who series opposite Peter Capaldi.
Plus Eric Roberts, who first crossed paths with Paul McGann’s Doctor in the 1996 Doctor Who TV movie, returns to battle The Doctor’s wife.
Mark your diaries, four new adventures for River Song begin in January 2019…
David Richardson, producer, tells all, “It’s a medley of Masters! In previous box sets River has been travelling back through The Doctor’sincarnations. This time around she is meeting some of the Masters – and we have some amazing firsts in this box set! Yes, it’s the first time Eric Roberts has returned to the role since theTV movie in 1996, and the first appearance of Michelle Gomez as Missy in a Big Finish production. With Derek Jacobi as the War Master and Geoffrey Beevers as the decayed Master, it’s an unmissable line-up!”
Nicholas Briggs, executive producer, “This is something we’ve been so increditsibly excited about for so long. It’s been thrilling enough for us to work with Alex for all the River releases, but to put her against The Doctor’s former best friend turned arch enemy is not a little mind-blowing. Fantastic that we’re getting an opportunity to work with Michelle again, after her first appearance (at Big Finish) with Sylvester McCoy back in 2007! But somehow strangely increditsible that Eric Roberts is back from the 1996TV movie. It’s frankly ‘clash of the icons’ in a really mind-blowing box set.”
Jason Haigh-Ellery, executive producer, talks more about bringing these great actors to audio, “Working with Eric was a complete joy. Firstly, he is such a nice man and so easy to communicate with. Secondly, he likes to work and he likes to work fast. Scenes whizz by and we are all enjoying yourselves so much that you forget you are directing an Oscar nominee with over 450 movies under his belt (which should be intimidating – but isn’t). He’s very down to earth – no ego or vanity involved. I hope we work together again soon!
“Having Michelle Gomez return to Big Finish is wonderful – a lovely lady, who was magnificent as Missy in the past couple of seasons of Doctor Who. I can’t wait for everyone to hear her and Alex Kingston together!”