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August 27th, 2019 9 comments

Big Finish The Diary of River Song Volume 6

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River Song explores Doctor Who history

River Song takes a trip down memory lane in four thrilling new adventures from Big Finish Productions.

River Song has many ways to amuse herself away from her husband. And with access to the Doctor’s diary, she knows exactly when he might be around, and when best to slip in unnoticed and liberate valuable trinkets…

But first of all, she must ensure he makes it out of Totters Lane alive! Get The Diary of River Song Series Six now.

We’re going back to the beginning as the first episode of this new box set sees River (Alex Kingston) encountering the original TARDIS team. Jamie Glover plays Ian Chesterton, Jemma Powell plays Barbara Wright, and Susan – the Doctor’s granddaughter – is played by Claudia Grant.

Alex gave us her thoughts on returning to the very first Doctor Who television episode: “I remember William Hartnell (playing the Doctor), I have very strong childhood memories of his Doctor and his granddaughter Susan… I love this whole concept of River Song travelling back and connecting with an episode from the past. It’s such a genius idea. I didn’t know we’d go this far back, and it was fabulous to be part of it.”

In the second story of the set, River Song returns to London but she arrives during an invasion of Abominable Snowmen. Set during the classic Second Doctor TV episode, The Web of Fear, John Dorney’s The Web of Time will see River using all her archaeological skills as she navigates the London Underground in search of… a painting.

The third episode, Peepshow by Guy Adams, sees River trapped in a battle between classic Doctor Who monsters the Ogrons and Sontarans – plus the Drashigs will be making a reappearance. But will she cross paths with the Third Doctor and Jo Grant?

And in the final episode, River will be travelling back to Victorian London, just before the classic Fourth Doctor story, The Talons of Weng-Chiang. In The Talents of Greel by Paul Morris, River will be playing detective, working out what is happening to the performers of London town. Her investigations take her to the Palace Theatre where she’ll meet the great Henry Gordon Jago, played by Christopher Benjamin.

6.1 An Unearthly Woman by Matt Fitton

Coal Hill School has a new member of staff: an educated woman, who seems to specialise in every subject. Meanwhile, teachers Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright have concerns over the behaviour of one of their pupils.

Susan Foreman is intrigued by Dr Song, but something else is stalking her in the darkness and fog of London, 1963…

6.2 The Web of Time by John Dorney

The capital has been evacuated. Monsters stalk the Underground. For River, it’s the perfect opportunity to steal a priceless artwork, so long as she can avoid looters, soldiers and an alien invasion.

With the gallant Captain Knight at her side, River faces the Great Intelligence and its Yeti army. But her biggest challenge may be keeping time itself on track…

6.3 Peepshow by Guy Adams

Miniscope parts fetch quite a price on the open market – luckily, River knows where she can find one that’s about to be decommissioned. Unfortunately, this particular miniscope is chock-full of aliens, as well as unsuspecting Earthlings.

River must face a carnival of monsters before she can claim her prize – across miniature habitats, Ogrons, Sontarans and Drashigs await!

6.4 The Talents of Greel by Paul Morris

River visits Victorian London on the trail of anachronistic technology. But when young women are stolen from the streets, she takes a stand. River’s investigation leads to theatre impresario Henry Gordon Jago, and his latest star act: Li H’Sen Chang and the unnerving Mr Sin. But if River’s going undercover at the Palace Theatre, she needs to have a song…

Producer David Richardson told us more in last month’s Vortex magazine: “The working title of this box set was ‘Fringes’. I pitched it to script editor Matt Fitton as four stories in which River lands on the fringes of classic Doctor Who adventures – and from there we just had to work out which ones.

“It was a really exciting process, there are 26 years of the classic series to choose from, after all. But I suppose we were drawn to the landmark of the very first story, An Unearthly Child, and adventures that I felt were classics: The Web of Fear, Carnival of Monsters and The Talons of Weng-Chiang.”

You can buy The Diary of River Song Series Six now priced at £24.99 on CD or £19.99 on download. Don’t forget that all CD purchases unlock a download exclusive via the Big Finish app and the Big Finish website.

Or why not save money with a bundle of The Diary of River Song Series Six and Series Seven together for just £48 on CD or £40 on download.

More details on Series Seven of The Diary of River Song will be revealed soon – spoilers…!

Categorised under: Big Finish, spin-offs


  • Anonymous

    September 3rd, 2019 - 12:59am

    Do you have to listen to the series in order? Or can you just dip in and out?

    • Whofan44

      September 3rd, 2019 - 11:39am

      You can dip in an out as each series is standalone

  • Anonymous

    May 12th, 2019 - 6:25am

    River *still* can’t have a totally original fully standalone boxset can she ?
    It always needs some hook to get Classic Who fans to buy it

    • Anonymous

      May 12th, 2019 - 7:53pm

      I’m with you on that. It smacks of desperation and/or a lack of ideas on BF’s part that they keep needing to include Classic Who monsters or companions in these River box sets.

    • Whofan44

      May 12th, 2019 - 9:23pm

      Personally I love it when they have other areas of Doctor Who cross into the River Song series. This one sounds like its going to be continuity heavy and I love that kind of stuff.

  • Anonymous

    May 12th, 2019 - 12:06am

    At least he got a dignified in Jago & Litefoot forever, but yeah, really sad.

  • Demdike@CultLabs

    May 11th, 2019 - 1:48pm

    Sontarans, Magnus Greel, Ogrons, Yeti and Drashigs. Wow!

    If only this were a teaser for the next tv series.

    • Anonymous

      May 11th, 2019 - 6:55pm

      Seems a bit too much to me, but yeah it’s pretty cool!

    • Anonymous

      August 30th, 2019 - 7:29am

      Things like the Yeti and Drashigs seem a little pointless on audio when all they did on screen was make screaming and roaring noises, wouldn’t translate to audio that well surely?

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