One of Doctor Who's most beloved characters is getting a new adventure, but that's not exactly a new thing when it comes to River Song. Alex Kingston regularly contributes to the expanded world of Doctor Who for fans who want more of her character, and now she's taking her contribution to the next level. The actor wrote a book about her character, and now we know a bit about what it will be about.
The BBC shared a pre-order link for Alex Kingston's book, as well as a preview of what fans can expect from it. According to the synopsis, it looks like readers will go on an adventure with River Song in about the weirdest way possible. Check out the synopsis for The Ruby's Curse below, and continue reading as we try to unravel the mystery of it all.
She's got ice in her heart and kiss on her lips...
1939, New York. Private Eye, Melody Malone, is hired to find a stolen ruby, the Eye of Horus. The ruby might hold the secret to the location of Cleopatra's tomb – but everyone who comes into contact with it dies. Can Melody escape the ruby's curse?
1939, New York. River Song, author of the Melody Malone Mysteries, is forced to find a reality-altering weapon, the Eye of Horus. River doesn't believe in curses – but is she wrong?
From the top-security confines of Stormcage to the barbarism of first-century Egypt, River battles to find the Eye of Horus before its powers are used to transform the universe. To succeed, she must team up with a most unlikely ally – her own fictional alter ego, Melody. And together they must solve another mystery: Is fiction changing into fact – or is fact changing into fiction?
The synopsis is a little confusing, especially if you're a Doctor Who fan familiar with River Song. Melody Malone was a fictional character that River wrote novels about in the past, but also an alias she herself took on from time to time. It appears in The Ruby's Curse the two are working collaboratively, meaning that Song is somehow working alongside a character of her own invention?
It's certainly a premise zany enough for the average Doctor Who adventure and one that comes of some added interest given Alex Kingston wrote the story for it. Kingston has been the actress for River Song for years, and now she'll tell an original story using what she's learned about her character over these past years. Kingston is the latest Doctor Who actor to write an adventure based on characters from the show, joining Tom Baker and Sophie Aldred. Hopefully, the book is a hit and leads to Kingston returning to the franchise again as her character.
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