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The Diary of River Song - Series 4
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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 1/23/19 11:13 pm
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When River crossed paths with 8, 7, 6 and 5 the writers made a big effort to keep them apart and for River to keep their future relationship a secret. It was refreshing that we did not get the same story here.

John Dorney has had some fun with the Discordia rewriting time so that now River is married to the Doctor earlier. Its confusing for her and for him, but it allows the characters to work together in a way that other incarnations have not been able to.

It is also a solid adventure and closes the set well.
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Reviewed By: GuiannosReview Date: 10/22/18 1:20 am
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I came into this story with a bit of trepidation. River's continuity in relation to The Doctor's was spelled out pretty clearly in her first TV appearance when she referred to 10 as being younger than she had ever seen him. Each interaction she has with an earlier incarnation has that line hanging over it. I shouldn't be surprised that Big Finish had an answer for that concern written into the script and there was no cause for concern.

River and Tom Baker's 4th Doctor have excellent chemistry from the start. They are delightful to listen to and could have carried a much worse script successfully. Thankfully the plot is also well written and they don't have to. The Discordians are finally realized here as a legitimate threat and justify their focus throughout the box set. The story stands well on its own but also works well as a finale for the miniseries.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 10/9/18 4:18 am
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The Fourth Doctor is drawn into the plot and as River tries to come up with some explanation for who she is, she's stunned to learn the Doctor already knows. Thanks to the Discordia's messing with the timeline, the Fourth Doctor has already spent River and spent a lot of time with her. Together, they try to stop a foe who totally ignores the laws of time.

There's a lot to like about the story. Tom Baker and Alex Kingston are very sweet together and this story brings out a very different aspect of the Fourth Doctor. Once River is captured, General Dante tries to woo her in a very darkly comic ways, which leads to a nice exploration of River and the nature of love in general.

The biggest problem with this one is the ending, which is a bit weak given the nature of this threat. Still, I enjoyed the episode and the surprisingly good mix between Baker and Kingston.