Alex Kingston, better known as River Song, just celebrated her birthday. Now, she is giving fans a present!
Big Finish audio is holding a contest right now, and the prize is one of two signed copies of The Diary of River Song, series one. But this is not a simple contest where a fan enters their name. This contest asks you to become an actual contributor. Fans love River Song, and part of her immense appeal is her ability to become different characters, like Melody Malone, or the devoted wife of Hydroflax, or an archaeology professor. In this contest, fans are asked to come up with ideas for River’s next adventures. Who could she be? She’s brilliant, she knows how to use power tools (at least a futuristic sonic screwdriver), and she’s hilarious.
Big Finish is asking fans to submit ideas for a new alter ego for River Song via Facebook. Fans have just a few more days to enter – the contest ends on 14 March. Submit your ideas and Big Finish will choose the two best entries. The winners will each receive a box set, autographed by Alex Kingston herself.
River Song appears in this first series of adventures with the Eighth Doctor, Paul McGann. The next story, due in January 2017, features River alongside Doctors Six (Colin Baker) and Seven (Sylvester McCoy) which is available to pre-order now.
1.1 The Boundless Sea by Jenny T Colgan
River Song has had more than enough excitement for a while. Deciding the universe – and her husband – can look after themselves, she has immersed herself in early 20th century academia, absorbed in writing archaeological theses.
But when a mysterious tomb is found in a dry, distant land, excitement comes looking for River.
Can Professor Song stop any more members of the expedition from dying? What deadly secrets lie buried within the crypt? And will British Consul Bertie Potts prove to be a help, or a hindrance?
1.2 I Went to a Marvellous Party by Justin Richards
River Song always enjoys a good party, even when she’s not entirely sure where or when the party is taking place. But the party she ends up at is one where not everything – or indeed everyone – is what it seems…
Being River, it doesn’t take her too long to go exploring, and it doesn’t take her too long to get into trouble. The sort of trouble that involves manipulating other civilisations, exploitation, and of course murder.
River is confident she can find the killer. But can she identify them before anyone else – or quite possibly everyone else – gets killed?
1.3 Signs by James Goss
River Song is on the trail of the mysterious, planet-killing SporeShips.
Nobody knows where they come from. Nobody knows why they are here. All they do know is that wherever the SporeShips appear, whole civilisations are reduced to mulch.
But River has help. Her companion is a handsome time-travelling stranger, someone with specialist knowledge of the oddities and dangers the universe has to offer. For Mr Song has a connection to River’s future, and he would never want his wife to face those perils alone…
1.4 The Rulers of the Universe by Matt Fitton
As shocking secrets are exposed, and a grand plan for the universe is revealed, River decides it’s time she took control of events once and for all.
Out in deep space, a clandestine society faces off with an ancient and powerful alien force – but, for River, there’s an added complication.
The Eighth Doctor has been caught in the middle, and she must make sure her future husband can arrive at his own destiny with all his memories – not to mention his lives – intact…
Written By: Jenny T Colgan, Justin Richards, James Goss, Matt Fitton
Directed By: Ken Bentley
Alex Kingston (River Song), Paul McGann (The Doctor), Alexander Vlahos (Bertie Potts), Alexander Siddig (Marcus Gifford), Imogen Stubbs (Isabella Clerkwell),Gbemisola Ikumelo (Prim), Charlotte Christie (Daphne Garsington), Alisdair Simpson (Colonel Lifford), Oliver Dimsdale (Archie Ferrers), John Banks (Professor Straiton), Letty Butler (Spritz), John Voce (Jenkins), Aaron Neil (Sanukuma Master) and Samuel West (Mr Song). Other parts played by the cast.
Producer David Richardson
Script Editor Matt Fitton
Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs