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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.

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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.

Because it's early days for Missy, too. The Doctor is dead, and she is outraged that somebody else killed him first...

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  • 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.

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