River Song’s Diary to be produced by Big Finish Productions
Big Finish Productions, the company that has produced original Doctor Who audio productions since 1999, featuring all the living Doctors, and almost every surviving companion announced today they’ve negotiated with the BBC, and they will introduce characters and stories that debuted in the 50-year-old sci-fi series 21st century revival, including The Diary of River Song (which will star Alex Kingston), joining the UNIT series which will début this November that will star Jenna Redgrave as Kate Stewart.
David Richardson, Big Finish’s Executive Producer, and director/writer Ken Bentley highlighted the news as part with a special edition of the Big Finish podcast. “We are pretty excited that there is some exciting new series stuff coming up… We have revealed a number of new ranges,” Richardson shared, as he and Bentley went in to detail to discuss the three special box sets Big Finish will be producing for next year. Each box set will feature 4 different stories that will feature characters that all debuted on the series since it returned in 2005. Bentley shared his excitement about Big Finish’s growing access to the modern Who catalog of characters. “We’re spoiled, we enjoy everything we do, but it’s nice every time we get a shot at something different and get to start to tell new stories and create new worlds and bring new characters together.”
As production has just begun on these series there is not a lot of casting news to announce yet, and the exact release dates have not been decided on, but below see all we know so far about each box set, all of which will be released in 2016.
- The Diary of River Song
The 4 part series will of course feature Alex Kingston (ER, Arrow) and will be available early in 2016. Recording on the set has already begun and will take 2 weeks.
The 4 hour box set released in early 2016, recording now, directed by Ken Bentley.
Alex also joins cast of Doctor Who: Doom Coalition 2, the second of 4 box sets series featuring the 8th Doctor, (Paul McGann) and Liv Chenka (Nicola Walker) following the events of Dark Eyes. “But how can River help her husband if, in this incarnation, she must never actually meet him?”
- Doctor Who: The Churchhill Years
In the four-hour saga, Winston relates a number of encounters with the Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Doctors in his memoirs, battling alien incursions, metamorphosing creatures… and a Dalek!
The stories are told by Ian McNeice, supported by a full cast of guest actors, including Danny Horn as Kazran Sardick, in a story taking place within the 2010 special A Christmas Carol.
It will be recording in July of this year for a 2016 release
Director Ken Bentley has also written one of the episodes that will be making up part of the box set. “It’s a great story. I quite like it when ever we do something that very distinctly different. He’s locked in a particular time zone, that sort of comes with, i don’t want to say restraints, but a certain framework we have to work around. That was fun, I enjoyed writing about that period, and finding out about that period and his life at that time.”
- Classic Doctors New Monsters
The Fifth Doctor takes on the Weeping Angels, the Sixth Doctor face the Judoon and the Seventh Doctor encounters the Sycorax.
And on a distant planet, the Eighth Doctor stands his ground against a new legion of Sontarans. A legion ready for the Time War.
The set will be directed by Barnaby Edwards
The Fifth Doctor/Weeping Angel story will be entitled Fallen Angels. The Sontaran Ordeal will feature the Paul McGann’s 8th Doctor.