Alex Kingston returns as River Song in new ‘Doctor Who’ audio stories

Big Finish has announced a new range of Doctor Who boxsets for 2016, featuring heroes and monsters from the show’s modern era.

The releases will include the return of Alex Kingston as River Song for brand new adventures.

Doctor Who: Doom Coalition 2 will see River encounter the Eighth Doctor (Paul McGann), alongside Liv Chenka (Nicola Walker) and Helen Sinclair (Hattie Morahan).

Producer David Richardson teased: “The idea of River meeting previous Doctors was actually proposed by Steven Moffat and it’s just irresistible, isn’t it? Alex embraced the idea of returning to the role, and so she will be starring in no less than two box sets next year. And yes, we are still pinching ourselves!”

Doctor Who Doom Coalition 2

Kingston will then be back again in Doctor Who: The Diary of River Song. The epic four-hour adventure will take River “across space and time, seeking out the secret rulers of the universe”.

Paul McGann will reprise the role of the Eighth Doctor in the boxset’s final episode.

Doctor Who The Diary of River Song

Doctor Who: The Churchill Years will feature the return of Ian McNeice (‘Victory of the Daleks’, ‘The Wedding of River Song’) as Winston Churchill.

The four-hour saga sees Winston relate a number of encounters with the Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Doctors in his memoirs, battling alien incursions, metamorphosing creatures… and a Dalek!

Guest actors will include Danny Horn as Kazran Sardick in a story taking place within 2010’s Christmas special, ‘A Christmas Carol’.

Executive producer Nicholas Briggs commented: “Ian has played Churchill in just four episode on TV, and yet it feels like it was many more. It was such a brilliant, definitive performance, and how wonderful that we will be continuing Churchill’s adventures with the Doctor on audio.”

Doctor Who The Churchill Years

Lastly, Doctor Who: Classic Doctors, New Monsters is a brand new, four-story run featuring the Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Doctors facing a new generation of monsters.

Peter Davison takes on the Weeping Angels, Colin Baker encounters the Judoon, Sylvester McCoy will meet the Sycorax… and Paul McGann will face a new clone batch of Sontarans on the edge of the Time War….

Executive producer Jason Haigh-Ellery commented: “It’s the ultimate mash-up and we have some great scripts lined up for these landmark stories. There is no doubt that 2016 is going to be a brilliant year for Big Finish!”

Doctor Who Classic Doctors New Monsters

All four boxsets will be released next year – starting with Doom Coalition 2 in February 2016 – and are available to pre-order today from the Big Finish website.

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Are you looking forward to next year’s Big Finish adventures? Let us know below…

  • Wayward samurai

    This is brilliant news and I for one can’t wait to get these sets .. Especially river song a brilliant character with so much potential 🙂

  • DoctorDodge

    I’m really excited about Paul McGann and Alex Kingston in a story together. Big Finish make some of the best Doctor Who stories out there, so it’s so wonderful that they’re getting to play with characters and monsters from the new series as well as the classic.

  • Chara’s Dad

    How can River meet Doctors prior to 10 without contradicting their meeting in the library? He had no idea who she was when they met at the library. I could see him forgetting a brief meeting, but if they had an adventure together, there’s no way the Doctor could not remember. Her personality is just too powerful.

    • Wizza

      The full synopsis for Doom Coalition reveals that River helps the Doctor whilst knowing that she cannot meet him.

      • Chara’s Dad

        How does she know that she can’t meet him? Wouldn’t that mean foreknowledge of her fate in the library? Might have to pick it up just to see how the writers handle that. It sounds like they might be trading one continuity problem for another, but a good writer should be able to avoid that.

        • Wizza

          Good point! I suppose, according to the Library and David Tennant’s subsequent departure, she must have known the Tenth Doctor’s face but not that they only met a single time. So she has records, presumably from the Doctor, of Doctors Ten onwards only. (Which will be instantly be proved wrong when she recognises Eight straight away in Doom Coalition, no doubt!)

  • Wizza

    I am more tempted by these than any other Big Finish release, especially (surprisingly) the Churchill set. But I can’t be the only one totally put off by the price point they are sold at? I don’t know enough about the audio drama industry to know if this is usual, but £20 for four hours of drama seems ridiculously expensive to me (I’d think twice before shelling out that much for 10+ hours of television). Perhaps a crowd-funding model for new productions would offer better value-for-money all round?

    • I agree, the thing that stops me listening to them is that they are just too expensive.

  • James Grayh

    THIS IS TOO COOL

  • Henry V

    Does happy dance – River Song is back, River Song is back. These are going to be awesome. How do we get Matt back now, though? I’m sure he’d jump at the chance but probably just too busy. Hmm, only down side might be that this means we won’t get River and 12 together though on television. But, still, River Song is back!!!!

  • Dr. Moo

    So that’s River, Torchwood and Kate Stewart’s UNIT. Things are looking more and more promising for getting Doctors War onwards. Good job Big Finish, I haven’t been this excited by their new audios in a long time!