Alex Kingston is back as Professor River Song in her ninth box set of full cast audio adventures from Big Finish Productions

The Diary of River Song: New Recruit is due for release in October. And this ninth volume finds the Doctor’s time-travelling archaeologist wife back in the 1970s… or is it the 1980s? She’s teaming up with UNIT’s Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart (Jon Culshaw) and Dr Liz Shaw (Daisy Ashford) for four new adventures. Featuring everything from spooky folklore in an English village to ambitious scientists overreaching themselves, and a good old-fashioned alien invasion, this is a box set not to be missed.

Actor Alex Kingston spoke about the enduring appeal of playing the Doctor’s wife. “River Song is the longest role I’ve played – over 13 years! –  but I’m not tired of her at all. I’ve become very fond of this lovely character. And my gosh, not only does this role keep on going, but look at all the husbands that she’s had along the way! There just seem to be endless opportunities to go on these fabulous adventures. It’s fantastic and I love it. Long may it last!”

Matt Fitton has script edited New Recruit. He explained UNIT’s role in the new box set. “River Song has joined UNIT! And with the Doctor out of the picture, it’s up to her and Liz Shaw to be the Brigadier’s scientific advisers on the odd and unexplained. I love the idea of Dr Song and Dr Shaw having a whole ‘season’ of adventures of their own, following on from Inferno – two brilliant scientists saving the world in style. The dynamic between River and Liz is fantastic, but it may well be that River has an agenda in coming to this time and place… And when the Doctor does return, there’ll be fireworks!”


Jon Culshaw and Alex Kingston (c) Tony Whitmore Brigadier River Song Doctor Who UNIT New Recruit
Jon Culshaw and Alex Kingston (c) Tony Whitmore

The Diary of River Song: New Recruit

The Blood Woods by Lizbeth Myles

Terror of the Suburbs by James Kettle

Never Alone by Helen Goldwyn

Rivers of Light by Lisa McMullin


The Diary of River Song: New Recruit is now available to pre-order from the Big Finish website. You can order for £24.99 as a collector’s edition four-disc CD box set or £19.99 as a download.


Big Finish is currently operating a digital-first release schedule. The mail-out of collector’s edition CDs may be delayed due to factors beyond our control, 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.



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