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The Bekdel Test was the first story of the audio anthology, The Diary of River Song: Series Five. It was written by Jonathan Morris and featured Alex Kingston as River Song and Michelle Gomez as Missy.
Publisher's summary[edit | edit source]
Back at the start of her imprisonment, Doctor Song becomes a guinea pig for an innovative new security system.
But it's her fellow prisoners she needs to be most wary of.
Plot[edit | edit source]
to be added
Cast[edit | edit source]
- River Song - Alex Kingston
- Missy - Michelle Gomez
- Director - Laurence Kennedy
- Zerelda - Fiona Hampton
- Darial - Richenda Carey
- Hewel / Prison Guard / Cubes - Andrew Fettes
References[edit | edit source]
- The Master was killed and came back to life 85 times.
- River is trained in Venusian aikido.
- Missy uses her sonic umbrella to scramble the coordinates on River Song's vortex manipulator.
- River teasingly asks if Missy is the Rani, Romana, or the Monk.
- Missy has an outstanding death warrant in both the Dalek and Cyber-Empires.
- Missy is responsible for the obliteration of the Ninth Sontaran Battle Fleet.
- Missy knows that River is a Child of the TARDIS.
- Missy claims to have heard of the Doctor's "death" at River's hands from a Draconian, who heard it from a Dalek, who heard it from a Headless Monk at the Church of the Papal Mainframe.
- River notes that she fulfilled a fixed point in time by "killing" the Doctor at Lake Silencio.
- Missy uses the phrase "wibbly wobbly, timey wimey".
- Missy uses the term "spoilers" when River deduces that she is from the future.
Notes[edit | edit source]
- This is the first audio drama to feature Missy. Michelle Gomez had previously appeared in Valhalla as a different character. This is also the first Big Finish story to feature a character originating from the Twelfth Doctor era.
- The story's title is a transparent reference to the Bechdel test (pronounced the same way), which is intended to measure women's representation in fiction. To pass the Bechdel test, a story should feature women talking to each other about something other than a man. While River Song and Missy's discussions in this story are mainly focused on the Doctor, whom they both know from male regenerations, in an ironic twist, the current Doctor's regeneration at the time of the story's release was female.
- The Doctor Who Role Playing Game by FASA previously stated that the Master and the Monk were one and the same Time Lord. Here, Missy takes offence at being mistaken for the Monk.
- This story is a posthumous release for Laurence Kennedy, who died in October 2018.
Continuity[edit | edit source]
- Missy recalls crawling for a long time in the sewer system of Tersurus. (TV: The Curse of Fatal Death)
- River at first wonders if the solidogram of the Director is an android, or Flesh. Both River herself as a baby and, earlier, her mother Amy Pond were replaced by Flesh duplicates in a ploy by Kovarian. (TV: The Almost People, A Good Man Goes to War) Later in life, River would be able to spot androids on sight, claiming they're "rubbish". (TV: Silence in the Library)
- Missy becomes disappointed when River remarks "she has the wrong person". Missy asks if she wasn't the Time Lord she was hoping for. (TV: Silence in the Library, et al.)
- River recalls the Doctor's "death" and subsequent disposal at sea. (TV: The Impossible Astronaut)
- Missy alludes to once having come back to life after getting burned on a funeral pyre herself. (TV: Last of the Time Lords, The End of Time)
- Missy observes that a universe without the Doctor "scarcely bears thinking about." (TV: The Five Doctors)
- Missy notes that her title is known "universally". (TV: Terror of the Autons)
- Missy accepts that the Doctor is "almost" her intellectual equal. (TV: Terror of the Autons)
- Missy turns a pile of dirt into a weapon. She will later do the same with leaves, turning it into a gun. (TV: The Lie of the Land)
- The Master met the First Doctor on his first day at the Academy and the latter probably had a crush on him. (TV: World Enough and Time)
- River refers to the Master's regeneration into female form as an "upgrade". (TV: The Witch's Familiar)
- River notes that she herself has regenerated "a couple" of times. (TV: Day of the Moon, Let's Kill Hitler)
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