A really big announcement from (really) Big Finish!
River Song will apparently be in Doctor Who: Doom Coalition 2 with Paul McGann and Nicola Walker! She also will get a solo box set entitled Doctor Who: The Diary of River Song!
Also announced today: Ian McNeice as Winston Churchill in a box set Doctor Who: The Churchill Years. Apparently it is in the small-cast style of the Companion Chronicles as Churchill relates some of his adventures with the ninth, tenth, and eleventh Doctors.
Also a Doctor Who: Classic Doctors, New Monsters box set (not sure why Sontarans are “new monsters,” but that doesn’t matter, it’s bound to be good):
Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor confronting the Weeping Angels
he’s a sixty-something welsh benedictine monk who was once a crusader, soldier, and sailor. in his forties he decided to quit the secular world and become a monk. he now lives at the abbey of st. peter and st. paul in shrewsbury, where he’s the herbalist and is often called upon by the sheriff’s deputy to help him solve murders and crimes and the like (since cadfael has tons of experience with death, dead bodies, and mankind in general). he’s like the 1100’s answer to gil grissom, only way smarter, kinder, and more delightful.
cadfael’s also a TOTAL MATCHMAKER and is always helping starcrossed young lovers (usually embroiled in the murders and mysteries) get married and be happy and such. HE’S SUCH A HIPPIE AND I LOVE IT; he even supports one particular young man when he finds out the dude had sex behind one of the abbey altars – he’s all, “you love this girl, right? well, then that’s okay. just marry her as soon as you can i’m sure god’s down for that.”
ANOTHER REASON WHY THE CADFAEL SERIES IS THE BEST: HUGH FUCKING BERINGAR
(just look at this sexy ass sheriff’s deputy, fuck yeaaaaaah, the third doctor’s son COULD GET IT)
hugh beringar is cadfael’s closest friend, co-conspirator, and (essentially) his adopted son. the sheriff’s deputy, hugh is wicked smart and always open to cadfael’s suggestions/help and is a really decent guy in a really chaotic time. he’s sassy and sharp and totally devoted to his gorgeous wife and son (cadfael’s his godfather) and is just delightful. 10/10, WOULD BANG IN A HEARTBEAT, ALL HAIL HUGH BERINGAR AND HIS RAWBONED HORSE.
anyway the series follows cadfael and hugh’s adventures during the english civil war between king stephen and empress maud and the books are full of mysteries, murder, political intrigue, historical awesomeness, and lots of romance and religious philosophizing. cadfael’s written by ellis peters (aka edith pargeter), who was a boss historian and never makes the religious overtones too preachy and was just a really skillful writer. I LOVE HER PROSE AND CHARACTERIZATION SO FUCKING MUCH.
there was also a television series made in the 90s featuring sir derek jacobi as cadfael and sean pertwee as (the best of the three actors who played) hugh beringar and a whole slew of really awesome british actors including: jonny lee miller, anna friel, tara fitzgerald, julian glover, ian mcneice, and jonathan hyde.
AND IT’S AMAZING SO CHECK OUT THE BOOKS AND THEN WATCH THE ADAPTS BECAUSE FUCK YEAH HISTORICAL MYSTERIES.