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The Diary of River Song - Series 3
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Reviewed By: GuiannosReview Date: 4/17/19 2:13 am
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Wow. This is probably the timey-wimeyest Who story I've ever heard and it does not disappoint. River stumbles across a dead ringer for the Fifth Doctor, suits him up with a stalk of celery, and takes him out for a bite to eat at the restaurant at the end of the uni... *ahem*... at a restaurant outside of time that is in no way affiliated with Milliways or any other intellectual property of Douglas Adams. Of course, River is also still trying to escape from her clone sister Brooke. Oh, and also Madame Kovarian (homicidal leader of the Silence and sworn enemy of the Doctor who is responsible for River and her clone siblings) has a table at said restaurant. Cut and dry? Sure! But also the real Fifth Doctor shows up to claim a reservation. If this sounds like a tangled mess so far just wait until the time travel begins.

For as many moving parts as this story has it's almost shocking how smoothly everything falls into place. The plot clicks from the start and it's a delight to hear it unfold as River jumps backwards in time to try and stay one step ahead of herself and her creator. Peter Davison pulls double duty splendidly as both Andrew and the Doctor and manages to keep his different personas sounding distinct. The maitre d is also phenomenal both as a plot device and as a character and is portrayed with just enough cliche to sell the role while still being unique enough to stand out.

Even without hearing the finale it's hard to imagine this isn't the highlight of the box set. Considering the high water mark set by the previous 2 episodes that says a lot.
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Reviewed By: JacobzReview Date: 12/12/18 2:43 am
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Wow. A fantastic story all around. Brilliant writing, Alex Kingston still commands, Peter Davison turns in great performance(s), and Frances Barber and Nina Toussant-White are even better than they were on TV, oozing sincerity and drive. Sound design is great as well. This story is just non-stop fun.
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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 5/27/18 10:46 pm
1 out of 2 found this review helpful.

A timey wimey masterpiece as only John Dorney can deliver.
This box set has a very strong story arc with very solid stories and some great acting. Alex Kingston brings so much to her role and Peter Davison, though delivering a smaller part, brings some well timed quirkiness to it.

The big question I was left asking was this: When ordering the Rutan Roulade, is it a roulade made by Rutans or made out of them? In either case, I would not be ordering the dish.

The story is set in a restaurant similar to Milliways, in which River, the Doctor, Brooke and Madame Kovarian all arrive, leave and arrive again at different and increasingly confusing times in an effort to keep River on her toes and the Doctor off his.

Well written fun.
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Reviewed By: MegaplumfinityReview Date: 3/4/18 3:45 pm
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River Song visits the Restaurant at the End of the Universe in a blatant rip-off/homage to the Douglas Adams creation. This leads to a farce-like, timey-wimey tale of River zipping back and forth through time, no doubt intricately plotted but slightly wearying all the same. Thankfully there's a surprising denouement which does a lot to make the story its own thing. Another good story in what's proving to be a very consistent boxset.