For the first time in 12 years, The Tenth Doctor and River Song are back together for three brand new stories. They met in the two-part Doctor Who story Silence in The Library/The Forest of the Dead, but never crossed paths again until now. In this new audio drama series out in November 2020 called Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor and River Song, David Tennant and Alex Kingston reprise their roles and are joined by Peter Davison (The Fifth Doctor) and Colin Baker (The Sixth Doctor).
The stories were recorded in lockdown with an original score and cinematic sound design, directed by Nicholas Briggs, and produced by David Richardson. You can read the synopsis for the three stories here:
Expiry Dating by James Goss
The first time the Doctor met River Song, he saw her die. And now she’s asking him on a date. Well, not a date, exactly… More of a mission. But the Doctor isn’t at anyone’s beck and call. Or so he thinks. With billions of lives hanging in the balance, can the Doctor afford not to do whatever River wants? Whichever one of him she asks?
Precious Annihilation by Lizzie Hopley
When jewels become lethal in the London of 1912, both River and the Doctor turn up to find out why. A mystery takes them centuries into the past, and onto the high seas, where a superstitious crew edges towards mutiny. The star-crossed couple are about to find out that, while gemstones inspire jealousy, love can be the deadliest treasure of all…
Ghosts by Jonathan Morris
River and the Doctor meet on the most haunted planet in the galaxy. The Doctor’s not sure it’s an ideal date – until they discover a mystery. Something is wrong with the ghosts. Something might even be killing them… And as the Doctor and River investigate, the truth of what’s happening on the planet of ghosts may prove deadly for them both.
Producer David Richardson said:
“The Tenth Doctor only met River Song once on TV, and that was at the end of her life. But what happened after/before that, after/before the Eleventh Doctor came on the scene? What a joy this run of stories was to make, bringing David Tennant and Alex Kingston together online to record during lockdown, exploring those previously untold meetings between Ten and River. Those two actors absolutely sparkled together – it was so clear they were having a blast!”
Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor and River Song is available to pre-order as a collector’s edition four-disc CD box set or as a download from the Big Finish website.