The Diary of River Song: series 5

Production details

  • Format
  • 4 × 60 min audio plays
  • Production company
  • Big Finish Productions
  • Recording studio
  • The Moat Studios
  • Dates recorded
  • 27 Nov 2017, 12, 16 Mar, & 5 Jun 2018
  • Date released
  • January 2019
  • Written by
  • Jonathan Morris
  • Roy Gill
  • Eddie Robson
  • Scott Handcock
  • Directed by
  • Ken Bentley
  • Sound design & music
  • Howard Carter
  • Script editor
  • Matt Fitton
  • Producer
  • David Richardson
  • Executive producers
  • Jason Haigh-Ellery
  • Nicholas Briggs
  • Cover art
  • Tom Webster


  • River Song
  • Alex Kingston
  • Missy
  • Michelle Gomez
  • The Master
  • Geoffrey Beevers
  • The Master
  • Eric Roberts
  • The Master
  • Derek Jacobi
  • Dav Christos
  • Therian Leader
  • Delroy Atkinson
  • Admiral Eno
  • Sasha Behar
  • Nina Purkis
  • Orion Ben
  • Luke Sulieman
  • Timothy Blore
  • Darial
  • Admiral
  • Richenda Carey
  • Kaliopi Mileska
  • Robot
  • Eleanor Crooks
  • Hewel
  • Prison Guard
  • Andrew Fettes
  • Zerelda
  • Charlotte Henries
  • Fiona Hampton
  • Alison
  • Lucy Heath
  • Director
  • Laurence Kennedy
  • Michelle Lambon
  • Jacqueline King
  • Number Two
  • Computer
  • James
  • Christopher Naylor
  • Ayrton Valencia
  • Engineer
  • Himesh Patel
  • Hugo
  • Tom Price
  • Amita Burman
  • Vineeta Rishi
  • Adella Franz Therian
  • Emily Woodward


The Doctor isn’t the only Time Lord River runs into on her travels up and down the timeline. The Master, in all of his – or her – guises, also has a chequered history with Professor Song. And whenever they meet, it’s a close call as to who comes out on top.

The Bekdel Test

Written by Jonathan Morris

Back at the start of her imprisonment, Doctor Song becomes a guinea pig for an innovative new security system. But it’s her fellow prisoners she needs to be most wary of. Because it’s early days for Missy, too. The Doctor is dead, and she is outraged that somebody else killed him first.

Animal Instinct

Written by Roy Gill

On a world where vicious beasts stalk ancient ruins, Professor Song teaches a student the finer points of archaeology. But then she meets an incarnation of the Master who is desperate to survive. And if they are going to escape this place alive, they all must work together.

The Lifeboat and the Deathboat

Written by Eddie Robson

Stranded in the Vortex, a father and daughter do their best to survive, living on salvage in a ramshackle vessel. Elsewhere, an obsessive ship’s captain hunts down a vengeful monster, whatever the cost. And River is caught between them, uncovering an old enemy in the most unexpected new guise.

Concealed Weapon

Written by Scott Handcock

A deep space exploration mission nears its end – when suddenly, the crew start to die. River must try to protect her colleagues and work out what else is on board their ship. Something is stalking them, and the deadliest Master of all has his own plans for River Song.


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