3. The Diary of River Song Series 03
"10/10 Well written, finely acted and just downright entertaining, this is a story that needed telling" We Are Cult
"5/5 Having always felt more like the lead of her own show, rather than the guest star, it is no surprise that River Song has thrived on audio, courtesy of Big Finish." Cultbox
“Alex Kingston, naturally, brings all the sass, and a good deal more.” Doctor Who Magazine
"Four cracking stories, great casting, Ken Bentley’s direction and wonderful performances." Red Rocket Rising
"9/10 This is a wonderful set start to finish." Indie Mac User
"With a story and structure that heavily ties into the Eleventh Doctor's era of stories, any fan that enjoyed the time hopping and intricate plotting (and even major plot elements) that shaped that era of the series will probably find something to enjoy in this set." Doctor Who News
"More than either of the previous box sets, it feels like part of the TV chronology of her story, just a part we never got to see on screen, and for that it’s more than satisfying. For that, it feels like an essential listen." MassMovement
"If there’s still any naysayers out there who say that either River Song is a one dimensional character, or that Jodie Whittaker, or any woman for that matter, shouldn’t play the Doctor, I implore them to listen to this release and have their views questioned in an incredibly scripted, brilliantly performed and entertaining hour of audio drama." Gallifrey Archive
"The Diary of River Song continues to bring the modern and classic eras of Doctor Who together expertly" Doctor Who Reviews
When River Song goes shopping for a whole load of unclaimed loyalty points, she uncovers secrets linked to her tangled past.
The Doctor arrives, and the mystery deepens. He is already exploring the universe with another companion – someone River knows nothing about.
Madame Kovarian has been busy, and this time she will not accept failure…
3.1 The Lady in the Lake by Nev Fountain
On Terminus Prime, clients choose their own means of demise. Something exciting, meaningful, or heroic to end it all.
But when River discovers that there are repeat customers, she knows something more is going on.
She begins to uncover a cult with worrying abilities. Its members can apparently cheat death, and that’s not all they have in common with River…
3.2 A Requiem for the Doctor by Jac Rayner
River has joined the Doctor and his friend Brooke on their travels, and they stop off in 18th century Vienna.
Brooke thinks history is dull. Until people start dying.
Mozart’s legacy is not just his music. River has more than one mystery to solve before a killer is let loose on the people of Vienna – and on the Doctor.
3.3 My Dinner with Andrew by John Dorney
Welcome, Mesdames et Messieurs, to The Bumptious Gastropod.
The most exclusive, most discreet dining experience outside the universe. For the restaurant exists beyond spacetime itself, and the usual rules of causality do not apply. Anything could happen.
It is here that the Doctor has a date. With River Song. And with death.
3.4 The Furies by Matt Fitton
Stories of the Furies abound across the cosmos: vengeful spirits hounding guilty souls to death. Madame Kovarian taught them to a child raised in fear, trained to kill, and placed inside a spacesuit.
Kovarian knows the universe’s greatest threat, the Doctor must be eliminated. An assassin was created for that purpose.
But if Melody Pond has failed, Kovarian will simply have to try again…
Written By: Nev Fountain, Jacqueline Rayner, John Dorney, Matt Fitton
Directed By: Ken Bentley
Alex Kingston (River Song), Frances Barber (Madame Kovarian), Peter Davison (The Doctor), Ian Conningham (Kevin / Rindle), Julia Hills (Sharon / Rindle), David Seddon (Mr Quisling / Tarn 2), Leighton Pugh (Lake 2 / Dave / Tarn), Sophia Carr-Gomm (Lily), Joanna Horton (Brooke), Issy Van Randwyck (Giulia), Rosanna Miles (Antoinette / Maid / Constanze), Teddy Kempner (Viktor / Mozart / Stefan / Apothecary), Jonathan Coote (Maitre D' / Chef / Assassin), Nina Toussaint-White (Brooke 2), Francesca Zoutewelle (H-One / H-Two / Mission Captain), Pippa Bennett-Warner (O / The Deterrent). Other parts played by members of the cast.
Producer David Richardson
Script Editors Matt Fitton, John Dorney
Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs