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Professor Bernice Summerfield

One-time Doctor Who companion from the Virgin novel range, Lisa Bowerman is Professor Bernice Summerfield in a series of exciting original dramas on CD.

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11:02 Escaping the Future

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The galaxy has been torn apart by merciless invaders from the future. A coalition of worlds set up by Braxiatel has been comprehensively defeated by the superior technology of the Deindum. Only a few scattered pockets of resistance are still active.

Bev is running the Braxiatel Collection as a refugee camp, living in daily fear of attack. Adrian and Doggles hide in a bunker on the Moon, trying to launch covert attacks on the enemy with limited resources. And Hass is stranded on the occupied planet Maximediras.

Bernice and Peter are free for the moment, travelling around in time in an attempt to learn more about the Deindum. Where did they come from? What do they want? And can Bernice find a way to strike back at them?

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11:03 Year Zero

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Planet Raster, Year 54: Professor Bernice Summerfield is arrested on suspicion of Archaeology. She immediately admits that she is a Historian: is she a dangerous revolutionary, or simply mad? Inquisitors have an hour to decide, before she is terminated to prevent the spread of the contagion.

If she can ever return home, Bernice Summerfield must first discover where and when she really is. And that means illegal investigations into the past… into whatever happened at the beginning… in Year Zero

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11:04 Dead Man's Switch

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26 years ago, a team of scientists came to a moon to unearth the secrets of a long-dead civilisation. They were later found to have died in what the authorities called an anti-matter explosion. Alone and desperate, Bernice Summerfield will do anything to get back home. But where is home?

The capital world of Zordin seems to offer the only chance of answers, but that’s a long way away. The offer of a job could be her best way of paying for the voyage but… archaeology is illegal… and there’s a quarantine… and she’ll have to leap from a spacecraft in orbit. But what does that matter?

On a world guarded by armed satellites and patrolled by defence drones on the surface, Benny’s going to have to use all her knowledge, skill and wits. And that’s just to get there! Because it’s not the moon itself that’s the problem. It’s what happened there; what remains there; what might escape. What matters?

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Bernice Summerfield Box Set 1 Epoch

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1. THE KRAKEN’S LAMENT
Written by MARK WRIGHT

“Gather round, wretched peoples of Atlantis, for Acanthus the Talesmith has a story to tell! A story of adventure, of courage, of a Winged Goddess searching for truth and sanctuary in a friendless city…

On the streets of this fair city, the Goddess searches for a path to the child of two worlds, but finds instead only questions and danger. Be astonished as she defies the rage of the dreaded Kraken! Wonder as she sups with the tragic Queen in her carved stone palace, high above the city! Marvel at her bravery as she gazes deep into the Further Beyond!

Come one, come all and listen! Listen to Acanthus the Talesmith and let him amaze you with his story… the story of Professor Bernice Summerfield and the Kraken’s Lament!”

2. THE TEMPLE OF QUESTIONS
Written by JACQUELINE RAYNER

Life can be dangerous when a god’s got it in for you.

Bernice and her Historian allies, Ruth and Leonidas, are trying to unearth the truth behind the mysterious world they’re living in.

Poseidon, god of the seas, is apparently offering them answers – but only if they play his games. And he’s not playing fair…

Bernice’s new family is in danger of being ripped apart by forces that are beyond their understanding. To keep her friends, she might have to lose the games... and her life with them.

3. PRIVATE ENEMY NO. 1
Written by TONY LEE

The Great Leader is dead… Long live the Great Leader!

Atlantis is in disarray. The Historians are hiding Bernice, Leonidas and Ruth within their safe house – but the world is changing more than they could have ever imagined.

People are being erased from existence, their memories wiped clean and replaced with those of others. Entire buildings are altering, times are changing… and the Hierophants are on the move.

Can Bernice and her friends save Atlantis from the end of existence? Or will they too be assimilated?

4. JUDGEMENT DAY
Written by Scott Handcock

Atlantis has fallen. The Epoch are in command. And terrible decisions lie in wait for Bernice Summerfield.

Bernice and her comrades will be put to the ultimate test – facing Neanderthals on prehistoric Earth; alien creatures on the streets of Victorian London; and the Epoch in the far, far future – but which world will they choose to make their home?

Their journeys have been long and arduous. But soon, they will all end. Because Bernice Summerfield dies today… and, when she does, reality will fall apart around her.

The box set includes a bonus DVD featuring the recent Bernice Summerfield animated adventure Dead and Buried, together with all-new video documentaries produced exclusively for this release.

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Bernice Summerfield Box Set 2 Road Trip

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Lisa Bowerman (Bernice Summerfield), Arthur Darvill, Roger Hammond, Jacqueline King, Nigel Lambert, Anjli Mohindra, India Fisher, Ian H Watkins, Liam Cooper, Paul Jones, Robbie Webster, Marcus Harris, Charlie Langdell, Scott Arthur, Alan Ruscoe


1. BRAND MANAGEMENT

Written by Christopher Cooper
Directed by Gary Russell
Featuring Liam Cooper, Roger Hammond, Paul Jones, Anjli Mohindra and Robbie Webster

“You’re listening to Live Audio Stream G371, the only official source of government approved easy listening entertainment, as sponsored by the Dominicci Corporation. It’s the thirteenth day of the thirteenth month, and that means just one thing, people - it’s time to PARTAYYY...!”

Bernice Summerfield needs a job. Professor Harry Burtenshaw thinks she’s just the ticket. But with the people of Lyndyaz celebrating their most important festival, and the ruling Dominicci Corporation maintaining control with draconian glee, has Bernice turned up in the wrong place at the wrong time?

2. BAD HABITS

Written by Simon Barnard & Paul Morris
Directed by Gary Russell
Featuring Marcus Harris, Paul Jones, Jacqueline King, Nigel Lambert, Charlie Langdell and Ian H Watkins

Meet Sister Bernice - newest initiate into the order of Saint Celestion. Such is her devotion to the faith that she has undertaken a pilgrimage to the planet Agora, birthplace of the blessed Saint himself.
 
The pilgrims aren’t alone, however. Also on the planet is a team of archaeologists searching for the lost tomb of Celestion - a subject in which Sister Bernice seems curiously interested…
 
In her quest to unearth an ancient relic that will point the way to Legion, Bernice will face some fearsome challenges: the dreaded Blood Beast of Thaloon, the randiest Bishop in the galaxy, and an ancient cult with some very bad habits indeed…

3. PARADISE FROST

Written by David Llewellyn
Directed by Scott Handcock
Featuring Scott Arthur, Arthur Darvill, India Fisher and Alan Ruscoe

Kaff Zarnak was once the holiday destination of choice for the rich and famous. At least, it was until the planet spun off its axis, and a deadly virus wiped out its population.
 
Now it’s absolutely the last place anyone wants to visit: a barren, ice-encrusted wasteland, sitting amongst the stars. So when Bernice and her loud-mouthed cab driver Ray are drawn off course, it’s fair to say that they’ve both had better days.
 
Taking refuge inside the Xanadu Tower resort, the trio encounter Kaff Zarnak’s only survivors… and maybe the only remaining clue to what took place there. But food supplies are low, Sandroaches are attacking on every side, and the only hope of their survival seems to be locked at the top of the Tower.
 
Perhaps there’s a reason what happens on Kaff Zarnak stays on Kaff Zarnak…

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Bernice Summerfield Box Set 3: Legion

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Lisa Bowerman (Bernice Summerfield), Ayesha Antoine (Ruth), David Ames (Jack), Thomas Grant (Peter Summerfield), Miles Richardson (Irving Braxiatel), Cameron Blakely (Galot), Richard Franklin (The Collector), Andrew Hayden-Smith (Mortan Hardak), Kai Owen (Rickard Karne), Alexander Vlahos (Gray), Matt Butcher (Ikerian), Andrew Macklin (EOIN), Jennie Stoller (Vesuvius)

 
1. VESUVIUS FALLING

Written by Tony Lee
Directed by Gary Russell
Featuring Andrew Hayden-Smith, Kai Owen and Jennie Stoller

Things aren't going great for Bernice Summerfield. Her one time comrade-cum-adversary, Irving Braxiatel, isn't the man she knew; her long-lost teenage son, Peter, isn’t exactly pleased to see her and she’s woken up with one hell of a hangover…

But when an ancient and dormant spacecraft threatens the safety of Legion City, Bernice and Peter have to put their differences aside in order to investigate an inexplicable mystery involving time-travelling scientists, corporate espionage and simple, cold-blooded murder…

Can Benny discover the true killer before a warp core breach destroys them all? Can a five thousand-year-old body solve a murder yet to happen? And will the Vesuvius fall to the planet below…?

2. SHADES OF GRAY

Written and directed by Scott Handcock
Featuring Richard Franklin and Alexander Vlahos

‘They used to say this house attracts nothing but evil… What are we all doing here, I wonder?’

Many years ago, in an old and dilapidated house, a priceless and powerful artefact was hidden: an item that has long since been forgotten… at least until Bernice, Ruth and Jack were sent to collect it.

In the depths of Triptic House, Bernice and her friends find themselves at the mercy of an ancient and ruthless entity, one that has been yearning for escape, biding its time and going mad…

It has lived so very long now, with so many stories to share – tales of haunted mental institutions; tormented tapestries; living nightmares – and through each of them now, its stories shall be told. They shall be told, lived, suffered, shared… and ultimately, concluded.

3. EVERYBODY LOVES IRVING

Written by Miles Richardson
Directed by Gary Russell
Featuring Cameron Blakely, Matt Butcher and Andrew Macklin

Bernice and Braxiatel have never quite seen eye-to-eye… but now he wants to make amends. He’s taking her on a leisure drive across Legion’s deadly surface to an Ikerian settlement not far from Legion City. Their mission: shopping.

The Ikerians are renowned traders, dealing in everything from the finest art to cut-price battlecruisers. They’re willing to do a good deal too. After all, they know Irving Braxiatel of old… and better than this Brax knows himself.
 
Everywhere they go and everyone they deal with, Braxiatel’s reputation precedes him. He has good friends and even better enemies… but one thing’s for certain. Everybody loves Irving.

 

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Bernice Summerfield Box Set 4: New Frontiers

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1. A HANDFUL OF DUST

Written by Xanna Eve Chown

“S.O.S. Emergency. Please send… an archaeologist?”

On a routine postal mission for a deranged millionaire, Bernice, Ruth and Jack intercept a distress signal from the most haunted planet in the galaxy: Nemeqit.

Taking their newly-christened shuttle – The Irverfield – down to investigate, the trio soon find themselves confronted with a pair of childlike extra-terrestrials; Vonna Byzantium, presenter of Paranormal Planets and part-time diva… and an awful lot of dust.

But something else is going on beneath the surface of Nemeqit, something none of them ever imagined. And this time, Bernice really can’t save everyone…

2. HMS SURPRISE

Written by Alexander Vlahos

Mortis Dock: the last manned shipyard in the cosmos…

Population: six thousand and two…

And now, not a soul in sight… at least, until Bernice, Peter and Jack are drawn off-course.

Where have all the workers disappeared to? Why is Jack behaving oddly? And what is the secret of the HMS Surprise?

Only a stranger in a lighthouse holds the key… but can he be trusted?

3. THE CURSE OF FENMAN

Written by Gary Russell

It’s Advent Day on Legion: a time that traditionally calls for celebration; a day spent with the people you love, when all the family come together, setting aside their differences… or when they bring old scores to settle.

An old foe has been biding her time, manipulating the people and events around Bernice Summerfield for as long as any of them can remember… She knows so many secrets – the secrets they’ve all been hiding – but not everybody wants to learn the truth.

Today is the day Avril Fenman comes to Legion. She comes to claim her son… and to set Bernice on her final, lonely battle. But will her friends stand by her, one last time?

Written By: Xanna Eve Chown, Alexander Vlahos, Gary Russell
Directed By: Gary Russell and Scott Handcock

Cast

Lisa Bowerman (Bernice Summerfield), David Ames (Jack), Ayesha Antoine (Ruth), Thomas Grant (Peter Summerfield), Miles Richardson (Irving Braxiatel), Charlie Hayes (Bel), Ellen Salisbury (Vonna Byzantium), Peter Sheward (Lud), Scott Handcock (Captain Secker), Tony Coburn (Crewman), Dolly Oladini (Dinner Lady), Geoffrey Breton (Lucas Catch), David Benson (Captain Kinkade), Thomas Rees-Kaye (Mobile News Droid/Clerk/Guardbot/Nik), Georgia Moffett (Avril Fenman), Sean Biggerstaff (Antonio Tulloch), Mark Oliver (Newsreader)

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Bernice Summerfield Box Set 5: Missing Persons

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A new five-part box-set featuring the adventures of archaeologist Bernice Summerfield.

When Bernice Summerfield was invited to participate in a cult archaeology broadcast on the mysterious world of Saravas, she could never have imagined the secrets she might unearth there… or the terrible Truth that would stalk her back to Legion.

With friends and family by her side, Bernice quickly finds herself flung into the face of danger: either combatting deranged despots at terraformed garden parties, appeasing gunslingers in the White Rabbit bar, or simply attempting to survive on a barren desert planet, all alone…

The odds are stacked against her, and this is undoubtedly the end for Bernice Summerfield… but she’s determined to go out fighting!

1. BIG DIG

Written by Hamish Steele

Bernice has been invited to appear on a very special live edition of the archaeology series Big Dig: a programme she grew up with as a girl… which now makes her feel very old. Not as old, however, as the mysterious stone robot she unwittingly uncovers during an excavation on the planet Saravas.

With no other trace of civilisation, this could be the only clue to the Truth of the planet’s inhabitants. But when Ruth and Jack start acting strangely, Bernice realises there was a reason things were hidden… and secrets aren’t the only things to be buried.

Welcome to the biggest Big Dig ever!

2. THE REVENANT’S CARNIVAL

Written by Martin Day

Bernice Summerfield has never been to Moros Prime before - and it’s unlikely she’ll be rushing back. Moros is a world of diplomacy and warfare, ruled over by a variety of creeps, dandies and outright weirdoes, where cybernetic implants are the latest fashion accessory and the native humans are ethically harvested for their organs.

Peter Summerfield, however, has a job to do: heading the security team at the country estate of Willem van der Heever, the effective ruler of Moros Prime. Because Van der Heever is throwing a masquerade ball – which means fancy dress, fluorescent peacocks and an almost certain attempt on his life.

Van der Heever is not without his enemies… But as Bernice and Peter uncover more about his past, whose side will they end up taking?

3. THE BRIMSTONE KID

Written by David Llewellyn

“Welcome to the White Rabbit. What’ll it be?”
“You can start by locking and bolting the doors. Then everyone in here can keep real calm…”

Bernice and Irving were expecting another quiet night at the White Rabbit saloon – their only customers a veteran prospector named Toothless Bob and timid schoolteacher Miss Hannigan. But the evening takes a sinister turn with the arrival of the Brimstone Kid, a wanted outlaw, and the terrifying bounty hunter Cazador hot on his trail…

Soon, Bernice and Irving find themselves caught up in an adventure involving giant, flightless crows, buried treasure and the galaxy’s most ruthless detective agency.

4. THE WINNING SIDE

Written by James Goss

Bernice is lost in the ruins of an alien world. Long ago, something arrived there. Something arrived and found an idyllic civilisation: a city of wonders full of artists and scientists and poets… Something came to this world and destroyed it.

Wandering the ruins, Bernice tries to solve the mystery. What came to this planet? What wiped out its people? Was it a plague? An alien invasion?

Bernice Summerfield explores all that remains of paradise. And she discovers the name of the creature that came and wiped it out...

‘Bernice Summerfield’

5. IN LIVING MEMORY

Written by Scott Handcock and Gary Russell

Bernice Summerfield is alone…

Having been captured – albeit technically rescued – by an old enemy, she finally learns the truth her friends and their disappearances… and realises that she is a cog in a far greater machine.

Whatever happens, this is now the end for Bernice Summerfield… and she’s determined to go down fighting.

But how long can she resist when the odds are stacked against her? And is there really such a thing as a happy ending…?

Written By: Hamish Steele, Martin Day, David Llewellyn, James Goss, Scott Handcock & Gary Russell
Directed By: Gary Russell and Scott Handcock

Cast

Lisa Bowerman (Bernice Summerfield), David Ames (Jack), Ayesha Antoine (Ruth), Thomas Grant (Peter Summerfield), Miles Richardson (Irving Braxiatel), Philip Bird (Shepton Rothwell), Paul Copley (Jimmy Deel), Mimi Ndiweni (Ronnie Brockman), Brett Underwood (Vaughan/Shrynor/Second Yokel), Peter Sheward (Stylist/Crazy Hank), Hamish Steele (Digger), Seán Carlsen (Doctor), David Warwick (Willem van der Heever), Susan Vidler (Krige), Ella Garland (Nexo), Scott Handcock (Dressmaker/Sideshow Man), Gary Russell (Computer/First Yokel), David Menkin (Brimstone), John Schwab (Cazador), Katharine Mangold (Miss Hannigan), Ellen Salisbury (Fortune Teller), Hugh Skinner (Theon), Geoffrey Beevers (Meriol), Katy Manning (Yokel Child)

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Excelis 4: The Plague Herds of Excelis

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Pitted against a sinister prophet, the machinations of the Imperial Court and hoards of animal undead, Benny finds herself embroiled in the final stages of an aeons old plan to comit genocide twice over with no way out

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New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield

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A new five-disc box set featuring the adventures of archaeologist Bernice Summerfield and her friends the Doctor and Ace!

The Revolution by Nev Fountain

On the planet of Arviem 2, Bernice Summerfield has a lot of problems. Pursued by robots, maniacs and miracles, she has another issue to contend with. The Doctor's come looking for her – and he's not feeling himself.

Good Night, Sweet Ladies by Una McCormack

Bernice has come to the Moon of Adolin on a desperate mission. Instead, she finds an abandoned labyrinth, two confused survivors, and something ancient that needs her help.

Random Ghosts by Guy Adams

Welcome to the Forbidden World. This world has a secret. The problem is that no-one can remember what it is. Time is broken here. Those trapped here must live the same day over and over – forming alliances, lying to each other, trying to escape. Welcome to the Forbidden World.

The Lights of Skaro by James Goss

Bernice Summerfield is on Skaro, and she's very much on her own. The Doctor can't get to her, not this time. All Benny can do is stay alive for as long as possible. And, in a city full of Daleks, that's not going to be very long.

Written By: Nev Fountain, Una McCormack, Guy Adams, James Goss
Directed By: Scott Handcock

Cast

Lisa Bowerman (Bernice Summerfield), Sylvester McCoy (The Doctor), Sophie Aldred (Ace), Nicholas Briggs (The Daleks), Terry Molloy (Davros), John Finnemore (Steven), Miles Jupp (Inquisitor Xavier), Matthew Gravelle (Klinus), Colin MacFarlane (Foster), Sheila Reid (Claire), Nicola Bryant (Professor Geller), Alex Jordan (Renk Van Magnastein), Amber Revah (Varna), Matthew Woodcock (Robots)

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