In the final episode of the sixth series of Big Finish’s The Diary of River Song, Professor Song is about to go behind the scenes of one of Doctor Who’s most celebrated serials.
It’s truly going to be a carnival…a Carnival of Monsters that is!
Originally written by Robert Holmes and broadcast in 1973, River now has her own battles in the miniscope to contend with. In Peepshow, written by Guy Adams, River will be trapped in a battle between classic Doctor Who monsters the Ogrons and Sontarans, plus the Drashigs will be making a reappearance. But will she cross paths with the Third Doctor and Jo Grant?
Guy Adams said:
“Robert Holmes sprinkled the most beautiful and wonderful dialogue, ideas and characters through Doctor Who’s entire history. Carnival of Monsters is the most beautiful combination of purely mad Doctor Who ideas, these wonderful locations, the impossible situations, ships sailing in oceans inside a small machine…”
While contending with classic monsters and established continuity, River will also have her own companion, Dibbsworth, a security guard played by Clive Wood – who also starred in Press Gang, which, fact fans, is how Big Finish got its name.
“I liked the idea of giving River a companion…I liked the idea of creating a companion who would be absolutely terrified, but then approach everything with a bizarre middle-England relaxed air about them!”
River Song herself, River Song added:
“I’ve worked with Clive before on Doctor Who. In the episode where I play Cleopatra, The Pandorica Opens, we were stuck on a night shoot in cold, windy, wet fields in Wales with a Roman legion… it’s lovely to work with him again!”