More details can be revealed today about the next box set of The Diary of River Song. What adventures will River Song (played by Alex Kingston) be getting involved in this time? The Diary of River Song Series Six will be released in August 2019.
It sounds if she is going back to 8 episodes from the news piece so likely one from each classic Doctor, so here are my guesses for the unannounced stories and who I think should write them
... two would be The Time Meddler, in which River has to go back and stop the Rufus Hound Monk from going back and changing his first encounter with the Doctor. The shear absolute timey wiminess would be an absolute marvel and to have it be written by Johnathan Morris and called The Time Meddling Time Meddler would become one of the instant classics, just saying.
I feel as if Big Finish are quite simply scraping the bottom of the barrel with this release. I mean, it’s just taking the piss a bit now, isn’t it?
What, if anything, would you prefer to hear from this range?
Stories where River can stand on her own two feet without the need for the Doctor to turn up in every box set, and without this bizarre pandering to fans, slotting new stories into the background of ones that are 40-50+ years old. River Song is one of the BF ranges that appeals the most to young listeners so I'm honestly very confused why they're taking her down this route, with ideas for stories that nobody ever asked for in the first place. All this series needs is maybe a small returning element in each box set, maybe a TV monster that can get a bit of an expansion on. It's River Song, it should sell itself. There's no need for such a godawful gimmick that caters almost exclusively for older fans, based around stories that are deemed 'classics' via received wisdom.
Chiming into the discussion if Benny is distinctive from River- in my humble opinion, except that they are both sassy space archeologists, they are quite different character wise.
Benny has a love for archeology and takes it serious and she also has a strict moral code. I also don't think Benny has any lasting sexual interests in the Doctor beside her one outing with 8. Her relationship with the Doctor is also very different, it is more of mutual respect and understanding (without the constant teasing).
River was raised as an assassin, does things just for fun, has studied archeology over several afternoons (or so she says), she can be quite vindictive and psychopathic (from her upbringing) and her ethics are malleable at best. They have a different biological makeup and are played by two very distinct actresses.
If they appear the same, that is, in my opinion, the fault of the writers.
I really hope they do a good job and take these differences into account when they do the meeting between the two characters in the anniversery special. We will see...
River was created to interact with the Doctor (in both in-Universe and real-world terms.) Being the Doctor's wife (and intended assassin) is her USP and so some connection with the Doctor's timelines seems a key part of a River story. They are branching out a bit with the River+Masters set now aren't they and I'm looking forward to that.
I think River and Benny are totally different characters (leave the archaeology out of it for a minute - how much does River ever actually do?)
One has psychopathic tendencies and semi-Time Lord DNA, a criminal who loots more than she ever excavates and who (even though she seems to have mellowed a bit recently in 'River 4') will take the most drastic action and then say 'that went well' and forget all about it.
The other is a normal, extraordinary woman with a life, loves and family who experiences extraordinary events and does her best, is fascinated by knowledge and discovery for its own sake and (for all the tough exterior and tough action when needed) cares about people and worlds present and past.
I'm enjoying discovering both of their BF stories, but if River is becoming more Benny, that's in the writing not the character I think.
EDIT: Actually, what tuigirl just said above. Simultaneous typing!
I'm always been of the opinion River works best with the other DW links, if she lost them completely, she's virtually no different than Benny, and at that point the uniqueness ends for me.
I'm puzzled by this comparison. I'm aware they're both archeologists, but... No different? What are the other similarities?
They're primary focuses are either fun or obligation, they're quick with the quip, personnel affections of others are used against them or by them. and they both tend to go scorched earth with things (though Benny probably acknowledges the cost of actions and events better)