Saturday, 12 May 2018

River Song faces four Masters in new Big Finish audio series

Having encountered several Doctors on both screen and audio, River Song is now meeting multiple incarnations of a different Time Lord... the Master!

The fifth series of The Diary of River Song audio dramas by Big Finish will see Alex Kingston's River Song face four versions of the Master in a new series of adventures.

The titles of the four stories have been released by Big Finish:
  • The Bekdel Test by Jonathan Morris
  • Animal Instinct by Roy Gill
  • The Lifeboat and the Deathboat by Eddie Robson
  • Concealed Weapon by Scott Handcock
Of course the most exciting part of this news is that Eric Roberts will be reprising his role as the Master for the first time in 22 years, having played the villain in the 1996 TV Movie. Michelle Gomez will return as Missy while Geoffrey Beevers and Derek Jacobi will play their incarnations.

Producer David Richardson is also clearly very excited:
It’s a medley of Masters! In previous box sets River has been travelling back through the Doctor’s incarnations. This time around she is meeting some of the Masters – and we have some amazing firsts in this box set! Yes, it’s the first time Eric Roberts has returned to the role since the TV movie in 1996, and the first appearance of Michelle Gomez as Missy in a Big Finish production. With Derek Jacobi as the War Master and Geoffrey Beevers as the decayed Master, it’s an unmissable line-up!
Executive Producer Nicholas Briggs added:
This is something we’ve been so incredibly excited about for so long. It’s been thrilling enough for us to work with Alex for all the River releases, but to put her against the Doctor’s former best friend turned archenemy is not a little mind-blowing. Fantastic that we’re getting an opportunity to work with Michelle again, after her first appearance (at Big Finish) with Sylvester McCoy back in 2007! But somehow strangely incredible that Eric Roberts is back from the 1996 TV movie. It’s frankly ‘clash of the icons’ in a really mind-blowing box set.
Fellow Executive Producer Jason Haigh-Ellery also commented:
Working with Eric was a complete joy. Firstly, he is such a nice man and so easy to communicate with. Secondly, he likes to work and he likes to work fast. Scenes whizz by and we are all enjoying yourselves so much that you forget you are directing an Oscar nominee with over 450 movies under his belt (which should be intimidating – but isn’t). He’s very down to earth – no ego or vanity involved. I hope we work together again soon!

Having Michelle Gomez return to Big Finish is wonderful – a lovely lady, who was magnificent as Missy in the past couple of seasons of Doctor Who. I can’t wait for everyone to hear her and Alex Kingston together!
The Diary of River Song: Series 5 will be released in January 2019 and is available to pre-order now at £23 (CD) or £20 (download) from the Big Finish website here.

The Diary of River Song: Series 5 can also be purchased as a bundle with The Diary of River Song: Series 4, which will be released in August 2018, at the price of £45 on CD and £40 on download.