Big Finish Productions’ “Diary of River Song Series Eight,” due for release Jan. 27, 2021, features audio adventures starring Doctor Who’s time-traveling archaeologist meeting robot after robot — including the Doctor’s own robot dog, K9.
As announced in August, four new full-cast audio dramas featuring the Doctor’s wife (Alex Kingston) on her own travels through time and space will comprise the box set and download release:
- “Slight Glimpses of Tomorrow” by James Goss — River feels responsible for synthetic person Rachel, left alone on a dying world. So she shows her the history of another, and teaches her the responsibilities of time travel. But can an android understand what it takes for a civilisation to evolve?
- “A Brave New World” by Tracy Ann Baines — Rachel has made a choice and joins a new society at the start of its journey. But she has not bargained for the worst instincts of humanity. After leaving her ward behind, can River make it back in time to save her?
- “A Forever Home” by Alfie Shaw — River finds herself caged and feeling under the weather. Luckily, her new owners are on hand to take care of her in her ‘forever home’. But which of River’s keepers can she trust? Is robot cat FE-LINE all she seems? And is K9 still a girl’s best friend?
- “Queen of the Mechonoids” by Jonathan Morris — Space Security agents Anya Kingdom and Mark Seven answer a distress call – and find River Song, ruling a city of Mechonoids. But another shock awaits beneath this planet’s icy surface. The Mechonoids have been upgraded and are about to be unleashed upon the galaxy!
It’s River and robots! Professor River Song is an expert in many things, but her tech skills are tested in these encounters with robotic friends and foes.
Over the course of four episodes River will battle Mechonoids on an ice world, meet K9 in a ‘forever home’… and help a treasured android friend discover her destiny in the stars.
In addition to Kingston, this series stars Salome Haertel (as android Rachel), Derek Griffiths (as 24th century war criminal Annam Henic), John Leeson (as the Doctor’s favourite robot dog, K9) Tracy Wiles (as robot cat, FE-LINE) and Nicholas Briggs as The Mechonoids, who once menaced the Daleks themselves in 1965’s William Hartnell television episode “The Chase.” Big Finish regular Jane Slavin also reprises the role of Space Security Service officer Anya Kingdom.
Producer David Richardson said: “We have, in Queen of the Mechonoids, a prequel to Dalek Universe – a piece of the jigsaw puzzle that is the Tenth Doctor’s first full series since 2008. Our prequel finds River meeting Anya Kingdom (Jane Slavin) and Mark Seven (Joe Sims) – two characters that are pivotal to Dalek Universe – and then three of them will reunite in that series as well. How that will play out time, as always, will tell.”
Alongside the previously announced cast, those tumbling through the Time Vortex are Tracy Wiles (UNIT, Transference), Laura Aikman (Master!, Torchwood), Sam Benjamin (The Tenth Doctor Adventures), Stewart Clarke (Doctor Who: Plight of the Pimpernel), Stephen Critchlow (Time Lord Victorious, Gallifrey), Clive Hayward (Space: 1999, Timeslip), Isabella Inchbald (The Paternoster Gang) and Homer Todiwala (The Robots, Survivors).
Kingston also will reunite with her TV husband David Tennant in the forthcoming “Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor and River Song,” which is due for release in November 2020.