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The Diary of River Song Series 12: The Orphan Quartet
River Song

12. The Diary of River Song Series 12: The Orphan Quartet

Released August 2023

Written by Lou Morgan James Goss Tim Foley Lizzie Hopley

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An old enemy hides beyond the universe, a desolate Cornish inn confronts the truth, a grieving mother holds onto a deadly memento of war, and has the Earth failed to notice it’s been invaded? Professor River Song must solve all this while dealing with a loss of her own.

12.1 The Excise Men by Lou Morgan
A smugglers' inn on the Cornish coast in the 18th Century is under attack. Never do a deal with the Excise Men.

12.2 Harvest of the Krotons by James Goss
What are the Krotons? Why are they running a health spa? Jackie Tyler and River Song investigate, because everyone needs a direction point.

12.3 Dead Man Talking by Tim Foley
Among the wreckage of the planet Earth, an old lady treasures a terrible relic that reminds her of her son. River Song has come to take it away.

12.4 The Wife of River Song by Lizzie Hopley
River Song is on an expedition seeking the Hive. Her sister is trapped in the ruins of the Hive. River Song is on honeymoon. Three realities meet.

Recorded on: 29 March and 11-14 April 2023
Recorded at: The Soundhouse


Producer James Goss said: “It’s an absolute privilege to unite Three Great Queens of Doctor Who - River Song, Jackie Tyler and The Krotons. The Krotons are back and they’re running a health farm! Who better to investigate than River and Jackie?

“If you were wondering about Jackie’s unlikely friendship with Mrs Song at Number 23 (in The Lives of Captain Jack Volume 03) then here’s the answer. It was the kind of day in studio you can only dream of as one of Doctor Who’s most beloved monsters met the Krotons - will Jackie Tyler become a High Brain?”


The Orphan Quartet delivers an emotionally satisfying conclusion to Big Finish's ongoing Diary of River Song series. Led by a breathtaking performance from Alex Kingston and a collection of haunting, energetic stories all about grief, it's a great listen for fans of River Song, new and old alike.


The Orphan Quartet was a bittersweet listen, especially as someone who became a huge River Song fan thanks to this spin-off series. As a celebration of who River Song is as a character, The Orphan Quartet is as good as you can get. 8/10

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  • Product Format: 4-disc CD (jewel case in slipcover)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Duration: 305 minutes
  • Physical Retail ISBN: 978-1-80240-146-2
  • Digital Retail ISBN: 978-1-80240-147-9
  • Production Code: BFPDWRIVER12
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