River vs The Master(s)

Eric Roberts MasterIn the latest DWM (and confirmed on the Big Finish site) we learn all about the fifth River Song boxset. No, River isn’t meeting more incarnations of the Doctor, instead it’s four stories and four incarnations of… The Master! And that’s only half the story: the Master will be played by Geoffrey Beevers, Derek Jacobi, Michelle Gomez (OK Missy, technically) and Eric Roberts!

It’s great to get more Derek Jacobi, and mixing up the sequence of River stories gives Alex Kingston a change from just wandering backwards through the Doctor’s regenerations. There have been lots of Michelle Gomez rumours, but I like the way the Big Finish news item (RIVER SONG 5) says first appearance and then we have Eric Roberts, reprising the Doctor Who The Movie Master! This shouldn’t be taken as a sign we might be getting Grace or Chang Lee anytime soon (imagine!), as the Master was a pre-existing character.

All we know of the stories is:

  1. The Bekdel Test by Jonathan Morris
    Animal Instinct by Roy Gill
    The Lifeboat and the Deathboat by Eddie Robson 
    Concealed Weapon by Scott Handcock

The set is out in January 2019, and I can’t wait!

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