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May 25th, 2022 6 comments

Big Finish The Diary of River Song Volume 10 Two Rivers and a Firewall

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River Song V The Autons!

Story details and cover artwork are revealed for a brand-new box set of The Diary of River Song full-cast audio dramas, due for release in August 2022 by Big Finish Productions.

Alex Kingston returns as Professor River Song in four standalone tales from different chapters of her life as well as her digital afterlife — as briefly glimpsed in 2008’s Doctor Who TV episode, Silence in the Library.

In these brand-new stories, the time-travelling archaeologist encounters ageless royals, teams up with a reckless version of herself and then — on a deserted shopping mall planet — faces the terrifying Autons for the very first time.

The incredible ensemble cast, led by Harry Peacock as Proper Dave, includes Paul Bazely (The Ipcress File, Feel Good), Victoria Ekanoye (Coronation Street, The Royals), Susan Momoko Hingley (Years and Years), and introduces Mimî M Khayisa (The Witcher, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker) as the Other River Song.

The Diary Of River Song: Two Rivers And A Firewall is now available to pre-order as a collector’s edition CD box set (+ download for just £24.99) or a digital download only (for just £19.99), exclusively from

The legendary Professor River Song travels between her own tomb and the afterlife, only stopping to shop and visit royalty along the way. All in a day’s work for the great archaeologist.

Full details of the four adventures in this box set are as follows:

The Two Rivers by Tim Foley

  • River Song finds herself on an irresistible mission — investigating the tomb of the legendary River Song! Except the statues don’t resemble her and the tomb contains the body of someone very different… or does it?

Beauty on the Inside by Lizzie Hopley

  • It would seem to be a perfectly ordinary painting of a forgettable royal family — so why did a biochemist smuggle it out of a closed colony at the cost of her own life? River is determined to find out.

Black Friday by Lauren Mooney & Stewart Pringle

  • Omnia Forum might just be the greatest shop in the galaxy and it’s celebrating two hundred years at the heart of the retail sector. But when River attends the celebratory gala she finds it less ‘everything must go’ and more ‘everything has gone’… apart from the Autons.

Firewall by Barnaby Kay

  • River is living her dream life with her dream husband. But every paradise has a serpent and this husband might not quite be up to the task.

Script Editor John Dorney said: “I think everyone loves the Autons, don’t they? There’s a reason they were chosen to launch Doctor Who’s return back in 2005. They’re a strong and scary monster and there’s always more that can be done with them. River’s a strong protagonist so she needs great enemies — and, as she’d never encountered the plastic menaces, Lauren Mooney and Stewart Pringle’s idea was impossible to turn down.

“Lauren and Stewart have been doing great work for some time, both at Big Finish and in the wider writing world. It seemed a no-brainer to bring them into a series like The Diary of River Song and they felt a perfect fit from the get-go.”

Co-writer of Black Friday, Stewart Pringle said: “We were really excited to write something that was funny, action-packed and with wild scenarios — all of the elements that feel intrinsic with that River Song character.

“I’m absolutely obsessed with the Autons. Spearhead from Space (1970) and Terror of the Autons (1971) are favourite Doctor Who stories of both of ours. We’ve always felt like the Autons were the most exciting of the classic villains and have always loved it when they’ve come back in modern Who.”

Co-writer Lauren Mooney added: “I remember being so excited when I found out the Autons were going to be the monster in Rose (2005) — it’s one of my earliest Doctor Who memories as a child. I thought it was perfect. This is only our second Big Finish story and the first opportunity we’ve had to bring back an existing creature — so it has to be the Autons.”

The Diary Of River Song: Two Rivers and a Firewall is now available to pre-order for just £24.99 (collector’s edition CD box set + download) or £19.99 (download only), exclusively from the Big Finish website.

Big Finish listeners can save money by purchasing this box set in a bundle together with The Diary of River Song: New Recruit for £48 (collector’s edition CD box set + download) or £39 (download only).

All the above prices include the special pre-order discount and are subject to change after general release.

Please note that Big Finish is currently operating a digital-first release schedule. The mailout of collector’s edition CDs will be delayed, but all purchases of this release unlock a digital copy that can be immediately downloaded or played on the Big Finish app from the release date.

Categorised under: Big Finish, CD, spin-offs


  • Bob James

    May 25th, 2022 - 5:54pm

    I’ve been kind of been “post” River Song for awhile. Big Finish sure knows how to milk the spin offs. But it’s good they go on for those who enjoy these.

  • Andrew

    May 25th, 2022 - 5:20pm

    I’m more interested by the suggestion that one of these stories is post-Forest of the Dead, honestly.

    • Philip

      May 25th, 2022 - 5:21pm

      Just the last one.

    • Auton

      May 25th, 2022 - 6:29pm

      Yea, the last sounds interesting but I’m a big Auton fan so Black Friday is the one I’m most looking forward to

  • MJS

    May 25th, 2022 - 4:30pm

    OMG it’s Ray b****y Purchase!!!

    • Jason Z

      May 25th, 2022 - 8:12pm

      Wow, well-spotted. I never knew that Proper Dave was Ray Purchase.

      What I noticed above was Barnaby Kay, Nicola Walker’s husband, writing for Big Finish. Can I mention them both in Julian Simpson’s Lovecraft Investigations? 🙂

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