River Song decides to investigate a temporal anomaly after a Luna University expedition makes some odd discoveries in an old Earth house - pages of her own diary with an inscrutable riddle written across them.
However, her investigation goes badly wrong when she is transported back into the past of the house and gets trapped within its grounds.
The house is the home of the Mortimers and with a limited ability to travel back and forth in time across eighty years and multiple generations she finds herself witnessing key moments in their family history.
If she wants to escape, the words in her diary are not the only riddle she has to solve. But not everyone in the house will survive what’s coming. And not everyone is on her side.
11.1 The Rules of the House
11.2 The Key to the Door
11.3 The Bird from the Nest
11.4 The Isle on the Shore
Recorded on: 4, 17, 21 and 24 March 2022
Recorded at: The Soundhouse and remote recording
Alex Kingston said: “There are lots of secrets within the bones of this house that River is trying to unearth and solve like a jigsaw puzzle. This story is about opportunities missed, love thwarted and people unable to be honest and open about who they really are. It’s a very bittersweet telling of a story – there's tragedy within.”
Writer Tim Foley added: “It’s discussed that big houses can either tell love stories or ghost stories and I knew that for an audio like this, I wanted to tell both. A house is such a personal thing and they have so many stories to tell. Not only is this about the Mortimers, but it’s about the house as well and at the heart of this story, is River Song.”
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