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The Rulers of the Universe was the fourth and final story of the audio anthology, The Diary of River Song: Series One, produced by Big Finish Productions. It was written by Matt Fitton and featured Alex Kingston as River Song and Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor.

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As shocking secrets are exposed, and a grand plan for the universe is revealed, River decides it's time she took control of events once and for all.

Out in deep space, a clandestine society faces off with an ancient and powerful alien force — but, for River, there's an added complication.

The Eighth Doctor has been caught in the middle, and she must make sure her future husband can arrive at his own destiny with all his memories — not to mention his lives — intact...


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  • The Sanukuma want to take advantage of the Time War to conduct their schemes.
  • The Sanukuma threaten to approach the Doctor's opponents if he does not co-operate with them.
  • The Doctor wears a necktie.
  • The Doctor has collected a chronon mine, which he calls a "stray bullet", while clearing up the "mess" of the Time War. He attaches it to the SporeShip's engines, blasting the Sanukuma back to the beginnings of the universe.
  • The Doctor escapes the Sanukuma's fate using a "souvenir" pendant, the type used by Gallifreyan shock troops to avoid getting "mowned down" in ground assaults, which allows him to stay precisely ten nanoseconds in time ahead of the Sanukuma.
  • River refers to the Eighth Doctor as 'young', 'naive' and 'idealistic'.


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