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Bernice Summerfield
Doctor Who character
Official image of Bernice Summerfield, as used on the Bernice Summerfield Inside Story book, published October 2007
First appearanceLove and War
Created byPaul Cornell
Portrayed byLisa Bowerman (voice)
In-universe information
AffiliationSeventh Doctor
Eighth Doctor
Twelfth Doctor
Alt Third Doctor (Unbound)
St. Oscar's University, Dellah
The Braxiatel Collection
HomeBeta Caprisis
Home era26th century

Bernice Surprise Summerfield (later Professor Bernice Summerfield or just Benny) is a fictional character created by author Paul Cornell as a new companion of the Seventh Doctor in Virgin Publishing's range of original full-length Doctor Who novels, the New Adventures. The New Adventures were authorised novels carrying on from where the Doctor Who television series had left off,[citation needed] and Summerfield was introduced in Cornell's novel Love and War in 1992.


A 26th century archeologist, Summerfield became a hugely popular character amongst fans of the books[citation needed], and was present right up until their end in 1997. She officially stopped travelling with the Doctor in Happy Endings but returned a few times thereafter, including the last Virgin New Adventure, The Dying Days. That year, Virgin had lost the licence to publish Doctor Who fiction, which was not renewed by the BBC. However, range editors Peter Darvill-Evans and Rebecca Levene decided to continue the series with Summerfield as the new lead and without the Doctor Who name, the Doctor or any other BBC copyright characters featuring.

These New Adventures starring Bernice continued until 1999, when the Virgin fiction department closed down. The previous year, however, audio production company Big Finish Productions began issuing full-cast, officially licensed professional audio dramas starring the character on CD, and they continue to do so, making her the longest running audio drama series in the world, the longest running science fiction audio drama series, the longest running audio drama series with a female lead, and - together with the books - the longest-running science fiction series with a female lead.[1] The character is played in all Big Finish's productions by actress Lisa Bowerman, who also reprised the role in the live-action fan film The Crystal Conundrum and a video advertisement for the audio The Triumph of Sutekh. After they gained the license to produce Doctor Who audio dramas in 1999, Big Finish thrice featured Bernice in Doctor Who stories set during and after the run of the New Adventures novels.

Big Finish are still regularly producing Bernice Summerfield audio dramas and the company has also published various novels and short story collections featuring the character.

Bernice also appeared in several comic strips in Doctor Who Magazine, with Virgin and the magazine co-operating on her visual depiction. This depiction, which was also applied to novel cover art, was of a slim, statuesque build, with short dark hair, usually shown wearing a catsuit or some similar outfit. Over time, the character's appearance has been modified and among recent changes include a longer hairstyle.


Doctor Who – The New Adventures

The Doctor first meets Benny in Love and War - she is a 30-year-old archaeologist. She was born in 2540 and is the daughter of Admiral Isaac Douglas Summerfield - a high ranking Spacefleet officer. Her mother, Claire Summerfield, died when Daleks attacked their homeworld of Beta Caprisis, an Earth colony. She has not seen her father for many years and has spent much of her life searching for him.

At times she falsely claims to have a degree from Heidelberg University. She published an archaeological book called Down Among the Dead Men in the year 2566.

Theatre of War features the first encounter between Bernice and Irving Braxiatel (from her perspective). He later becomes a regular character in the Bernice Summerfield-only New Adventures.

In Sanctuary Bernice falls in love with Guy de Carnac, a former Knight Templar. Unfortunately he is killed later in the novel.

In Death and Diplomacy she meets her future husband Jason Kane, who she marries in the very next novel, Happy Endings. Happy Endings is set on the occasion of Bernice's wedding to Jason Kane. Bernice leaves the TARDIS after this novel having been given Time Rings by the Doctor, but she appears in certain subsequent Doctor Who novels.

In Return of the Living Dad, Bernice finally resolves the mystery of what happened to her father.

Virgin had long considered a non-Doctor Who spin-off series, but plans were moved forwards when they lost the license from the BBC. A number of preparations were made for the transition to Bernice-led New Adventures (see below). As Virgin felt Bernice would make a better lead as a single woman, her marriage to Jason Kane was split up. Thus, she appears again in Eternity Weeps, a novel which describes the breakdown of her marriage and is also focused on her more than the Doctor as a prototype for the Doctor-free novels to come. Likewise, the last New Adventure, The Dying Days, is again focused on Bernice more than the Doctor, with the Doctor absent from a substantial portion of the book. The Dying Days also features an ambiguous epilogue which can be taken to imply that the Doctor and Bernice have sex.

This same epilogue also has the Doctor indicating that Benny is his longest-serving companion, although exactly how long she travelled with the Doctor has never been firmly established.

The New Adventures

Originally published monthly, the New Adventures went bimonthly after The Sword of Forever.

The New Adventures continued with Bernice generally in the leading role. Oh No It Isn't! provides the set-up for subsequent stories, with Bernice becoming Professor of Archaeology at St Oscar's University on the planet Dellah. She has now put her failed marriage to Jason Kane behind her. Oh No It Isn't! also re-introduces the People, a highly advanced alien race from the Doctor Who New Adventures. In Ghost Devices, we meet Clarence (named after the angel in It's a Wonderful Life). Clarence appears in the form of an angel, but is an artificial intelligence from the People who is eventually (in Tears of the Oracle) revealed to be a character from The Also People. In Dragons' Wrath, Bernice meets Irving Braxiatel for the first time (from his perspective). Beyond the Sun introduces another recurring character, Emile Mars-Smith. Emile, Clarence and the People appear in a number of subsequent New Adventures, while Braxiatel appears in both further New Adventures and Benny stories from Big Finish.

Where Angels Fear starts the Gods arc, a loose overarching story that finishes in Twilight of the Gods. Along the way, Dellah is destroyed and Bernice is uprooted and loses her memory. Twilight of the Gods finishes with a new set-up for subsequent stories involving Bernice, Emile and others, but this was not used as Virgin stopped publishing the series.

As well as continuing the New Adventures after losing the Doctor Who license, Virgin also continued with their Decalog series. These had been Doctor Who short story anthologies, but Decalog 5: Wonders featured a Benny short story ("The Judgement of Solomon") by Lawrence Miles alongside other shorts not set in the New Adventures continuity.

Big Finish paperback novels

Big Finish licensed the character of Bernice Summerfield from Paul Cornell, Irving Braxiatel from Justin Richards and Jason Kane from Dave Stone, but other elements of the Virgin New Adventures' fictional universe were not obtained. Instead, Gary Russell, Jacqueline Rayner and Cornell developed a new background and character ensemble, introduced in the anthology The Dead Men Diaries and developed in the initial run of paperbacks.

The most notable development in Big Finish's paperback novels was Bernice's pregnancy and the birth of her son in The Glass Prison.

The paperback novels proved uneconomic and Big Finish stopped publishing them, subsequently re-launching their Benny books in hardback with the anthology A Life of Surprises.

Big Finish hardcover novels

Big Finish novellas

Each volume comprises a collection of three novellas.

Big Finish anthologies

Short Trips

Bernice also appears in a number of Doctor Who short stories, mostly set during her travels with the Doctor.

New Series Adventures

Bernice appears in one of the New Series Adventures with the Twelfth Doctor (the novel was originally planned for River Song, but plans for the 2015 Christmas special The Husbands of River Song prompted Russell to use Benny instead).

Audio plays

Cast and characters

List indicator(s)

This section includes characters who will appear or have appeared in at least one season.

Actor Character Appearances
Bernice Summerfield Bernice Summerfield Boxsets The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield
S1 S2 S3 S4 S5 S6 S7 S8 S9 S10 S11 1 2 3 4 5 6 S1 S2 S3 S4 S5 S6
Lisa Bowerman Bernice Summerfield
Stephen Fewell Jason Kane Does not appear Does not appear Does not appear
Miles Richardson Irving Braxiatel Does not appear Does not appear Does not appear Does not appear
Harry Myers Adrian Wall Does not appear Does not appear Does not appear Does not appear
Stephen Wickham Joseph Does not appear Does not appear Does not appear
Louise Faulkner Bev Tarrant Does not appear Does not appear Does not appear Does not appear
Thomas Grant Peter Summerfield Does not appear Does not appear Does not appear Does not appear
Ayesha Antoine Ruth Leonidas Does not appear Does not appear
David Ames Jack McSpringheel Does not appear Does not appear
Sylvester McCoy The Doctor Does not appear Does not appear Does not appear
David Warner Does not appear Does not appear
Sophie Aldred Ace Does not appear Does not appear
Mark Gatiss The Master Does not appear Does not appear

Bernice Summerfield

Season 1 (1998–2000)

The first season of Bernice Summerfield audio plays are all adaptations of New Adventures novels originally published by Virgin Publishing. Each of the plays spans two CDs, except for Dragon's Wrath, which was issued on a single CD.

The plays deviate from the original novels, in terms of plot and characters, to varying degrees. This is particularly evident with the productions of Birthright and Just War, both of which were originally Doctor Who novels. These changes were necessary because, at the time of their production, Big Finish Productions weren't licensed to produce Doctor Who audio plays.

Actor and photographer Lisa Bowerman was cast in the role of Bernice Summerfield. Bowerman had previously appeared in the Doctor Who story Survival (1989). The first series also co-starred Stephen Fewell as Jason Kane. A variety of actors familiar to Doctor Who fans played guest roles in many of the plays, including Colin Baker, Sophie Aldred, Nicholas Courtney, Elisabeth Sladen, Anneke Wills and Richard Franklin.

No.TitleDirected byWritten byFeaturingReleased
1"Oh No It Isn't!"Nicholas BriggsPaul CornellWolsey, GrelSeptember 1998 (1998-09)
2"Beyond the Sun"Gary RussellMatt JonesJason KaneSeptember 1998 (1998-09)
3"Walking to Babylon"Gary RussellKate OrmanJason Kane, John LafayetteNovember 1998 (1998-11)
4"Birthright"Nicholas BriggsNigel RobinsonJason Kane, John LafayetteFebruary 1999 (1999-02)
5"Just War"Nicholas BriggsLance ParkinJason KaneAugust 1999 (1999-08)
6"Dragons' Wrath"Edward SaltJustin RichardsSeptember 2000 (2000-09)

Season 2 (2000–01)

For the second season of Bernice Summerfield audio plays, Big Finish Productions experimented by developing ongoing character arcs that alternated between two different mediums—the audio plays and novels. Fans who did not collect the novels were initially confused to discover that Benny was pregnant during the final audio play of the season, The Skymines of Karthos. The pregnancy was explained in the novel The Squire's Crystal by Jacqueline Rayner.

The run of plays from the second season onwards take part in what has become known as the Collection continuity, as they are set primarily on the Braxiatel Collection, a combined museum and university located on the planetoid KS-159. A number of regular characters are introduced, most notably Irving Braxiatel. First referenced in the 1979 Doctor Who story City of Death (written by Douglas Adams and Graham Williams), Braxiatel first appeared in person in the New Adventures novel Theatre of War.

No.TitleDirected byWritten byFeaturingReleased
1"The Secret of Cassandra"Gary RussellDavid BaileyDecember 2000 (2000-12)
2"The Stone's Lament"Ed SaltMike TuckerAdrianMay 2001 (2001-05)
3"The Extinction Event"Gary RussellLance ParkinBraxJuly 2001 (2001-07)
4"The Skymines of Karthos"Ed SaltDavid BaileyBraxSeptember 2001 (2001-09)

Season 3 (2002–03)

Whereas the previous seasons had focused primarily on the character of Bernice Summerfield, Big Finish used the third season as an opportunity to introduce an ensemble feel to the productions. This is most evident in The Green-Eyed Monsters and The Mirror Effect where the characters Jason Kane, Adrian Wall and Irving Braxiatel are significantly developed. The latter, in particular, suggests that Braxiatel has a darker, more mysterious past than the audience has previously been led to believe.

The other two plays that comprise the third season focus more specifically on Bernice. The Greatest Shop in the Galaxy remains the most light-hearted play of the season, while The Dance of the Dead reintroduces the Ice Warriors from Doctor Who.

While not officially part of the third season (at least as far as the numbering is concerned), the Bernice Summerfield audio play The Plague Herds of Excelis (the fourth play in Big Finish's Excelis series; the first three plays fall under the Doctor Who umbrella) takes place between The Green-Eyed Monsters and The Dance of the Dead. Chronologically, the short story anthology A Life of Surprises also falls within this gap.

No.TitleDirected byWritten byFeaturingReleased
1"The Greatest Shop in the Galaxy"Alistair LockPaul EbbsJosephFebruary 2002 (2002-02)
2"The Green-Eyed Monsters"Gary RussellDave StoneJason, Adrian, PeterJune 2002 (2002-06)
"The Plague Herds of Excelis"John AinsworthStephen ColeIris WildthymeJuly 2002 (2002-07)
3"The Dance of the Dead"Edward SaltStephen ColeIce WarriorsOctober 2002 (2002-10)
4"The Mirror Effect"Gary RussellStewart SheargoldBrax, Jason, Adrian, JosephMarch 2003 (2003-03)

Season 4 (2003–04)

The fourth season was unofficially dubbed the "classic Who monsters" season, with each play featuring an alien adversary that previously appeared in the Doctor Who television series. The Bellotron Incident predominantly features the Rutan Host (their major enemies, the Sontarans, are also referred to but don't actually appear), The Draconian Rage features the Draconians, The Poison Seas casts a more sympathetic light on the Sea Devils, while Death and the Daleks (the first double CD release in the series since Just War) sees the first appearance of the Daleks within the Bernice Summerfield series. Prior to its release, Death and the Daleks was entitled The Axis of Evil to keep the appearance of the Daleks a secret.

Big Finish also published an anthology of short stories, entitled Life During Wartime, that was specially written as a prelude to the Death and the Daleks audio play. Paul Cornell, the anthology's editor, described Life During Wartime as "a novel written by multiple authors". Each of the collection's stories are told in chronological order, detailing events that occur when the Collection is occupied by a powerful alien force. The anthology ends on a cliff-hanger that is resolved in Death and the Daleks.

No.TitleDirected byWritten byFeaturingReleased
1"The Bellotron Incident"Gary RussellMike TuckerBev, Brax, Joseph, RutansApril 2003 (2003-04)
2"The Draconian Rage"Edward SaltTrevor BaxendaleBrax, DraconiansAugust 2003 (2003-08)
3"The Poison Seas"Edward SaltDavid BaileyBrax, Sea DevilsSeptember 2003 (2003-09)
4"Death and the Daleks"Gary RussellPaul CornellBrax, Jason, Adrian, Joseph, Bev, Isaac, Fifth Axis, DaleksJanuary 2004 (2004-01)

Season 5 (2004–05)

The previous season's tradition of using classic monsters continues into the fifth season, with the Grel (previously heard in Oh No It Isn't!) returning in The Grel Escape, a knowing pastiche of The Chase. The Bone of Contention features the Galyari, who appeared in the Doctor Who audio play The Sandman, while the title and plot of The Relics of Jegg-Sau was inspired by a 1970s Doctor Who licensed jigsaw puzzle that depicted a scene with giant robots identical to the one that appeared in Robot.

The Masquerade of Death brings the fifth season to a close in a suitably dark and surreal fashion.

No.TitleDirected byWritten byFeaturingReleased
1"The Grel Escape"Gary RussellJacqueline RaynerJason, Peter, Joseph, The GrelJuly 2004 (2004-07)
2"The Bone of Contention"Edward SaltSimon A. ForwardThe GalyariAugust 2004 (2004-08)
3"The Relics of Jegg-Sau"Edward SaltStephen ColeK1November 2004 (2004-11)
4"The Masquerade of Death"John AinsworthStewart SheargoldAdrianMarch 2005 (2005-03)

Season 6 (2005–06)

By the end of The Crystal of Cantus, the true dark and manipulative nature of Braxiatel was revealed and he left the Collection. Its future is now uncertain, with the Draconians claiming they own the planetoid on what it is based. The entire series was directed by Gary Russell.

No.TitleDirected byWritten byFeaturingReleased
1"The Heart's Desire"Gary RussellDavid Bailey & Neil CorryEternalsJune 2005 (2005-06)
2"The Kingdom of the Blind"Gary RussellJacqueline RaynerJason, MonoidsJuly 2005 (2005-07)
3"The Lost Museum"Gary RussellSimon GuerrierJasonSeptember 2005 (2005-09)
4"The Goddess Quandary"Gary RussellAndy RussellKeriFebruary 2006 (2006-02)
5"The Crystal of Cantus"Gary RussellJoseph LidsterBrax, Jason, Joseph, PeterJune 2006 (2006-06)

Season 7 (2006)

The seventh season follows the staff of the Collection as they attempt to keep things running smoothly in Braxiatel's absence. Collected Works and Old Friends, two books published during this season's run, also develop the running plots that planetoid KS-159 is under threat from the Draconians and Mim, and that the Collection itself is falling apart literally as well as figuratively without Braxiatel at its helm.

No.TitleDirected byWritten byFeaturingReleased
1"The Tartarus Gate"Gary RussellStewart SheargoldJason, JosephJuly 2006 (2006-07)
2"Timeless Passages"Gary RussellDaniel O'MahonyAugust 2006 (2006-08)
3"The Worst Thing in the World"Ed SaltDave StoneJasonSeptember 2006 (2006-09)
4"Summer of Love"Ed SaltSimon GuerrierJason, Bev, Adrian, Doggles, Joseph, HassOctober 2006 (2006-10)
5"The Oracle of Delphi"Ed SaltScott HandcockJasonNovember 2006 (2006-11)
6"The Empire State"Ed SaltEddie RobsonJason, Maggie, BraxDecember 2006 (2006-12)

Season 8 (2007–08)

In the eighth season, Braxiatel returns to the Collection, which is threatened by crossfire and politics in the war between the Draconians and Mim. The war comes to an unexpected conclusion shortly after his return, and several regular characters pay a heavy price for realising too late that Braxiatel himself is the real threat. The season ends with Benny cutting her ties to the Collection and Braxiatel, and going on the run with her son Peter. The books The Two Jasons and Nobody's Children also fit into this season's arc.

No.TitleDirected byWritten byFeaturingReleased
1"The Tub Full of Cats"Ed SaltDaniel O'MahonyMaggie, Brax, the MimFebruary 2007 (2007-02)
2"The Judas Gift"Ed SaltNick WallaceBev, Adrian, Brax, Doggles, Joseph, Hass, the Mim, DraconiansApril 2007 (2007-04)
3"Freedom of Information"Ed SaltEddie RobsonAdrian, Brax, Doggles, Joseph, Hass, Jason, the Mim, DraconiansJune 2007 (2007-06)
4"The End of the World"Lisa BowermanDave StoneJason, Brax, AdrianSeptember 2007 (2007-09)
5"The Final Amendment"Gary RussellJoseph LidsterKadiatuOctober 2007 (2007-10)
6"The Wake"Gary RussellSimon GuerrierPeter, Brax, Adrian, Bev, Doggles, Joseph, HassJanuary 2008 (2008-01)

Season 9 (2008)

The ninth season is a much looser collection of stories, following Bernice and her son Peter as Benny searches for work away from the Collection.

No.TitleDirected byWritten byFeaturingReleased
1"Beyond the Sea"Toby LongworthEddie RobsonPeterJune 2008 (2008-06)
2"The Adolescence of Time"Lisa BowermanLawrence MilesPeterJuly 2008 (2008-07)
3"The Adventure of the Diogenes Damsel"Nigel FairsJim SmithMycroft, Straxus, CwejenAugust 2008 (2008-08)
4"The Diet of Worms"Toby LongworthMatthew SweetPeterSeptember 2008 (2008-09)

Season 10 (2009)

The entire series was directed by John Ainsworth.

No.TitleDirected byWritten byFeaturingReleased
1"Glory Days"John AinsworthNick WallacePeter, Bev, Adrian, BraxJune 2009 (2009-06)
2"Absence"John AinsworthDaniel O'MahonyPeterJuly 2009 (2009-07)
3"Venus Mantrap"John AinsworthMark Clapham & Lance ParkinAdrian, PeterAugust 2009 (2009-08)
4"Secret Origins"John AinsworthEddie RobsonPeter, Robyn, BraxSeptember 2009 (2009-09)

Season 11 (2010)

The entire series was again directed by John Ainsworth. The animated short Dead and Buried, released online for free, acted as a prelude to this series.[3]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byFeaturingReleased
1"Resurrecting the Past"John AinsworthEddie RobsonPeter, Brax, Bev, Adrian, Robyn, Doggles, Joseph, HassSeptember 2010 (2010-09)
2"Escaping the Future"John AinsworthEddie RobsonPeter, Brax, Bev, Adrian, Doggles, Joseph, HassOctober 2010 (2010-10)
3"Year Zero"John AinsworthJonathan ClementsNovember 2010 (2010-11)
4"Dead Man's Switch"John AinsworthJohn Dorney & Richard DinnickDecember 2010 (2010-12)

Boxset 1: Epoch (2011)

No.TitleDirected byWritten byFeaturingReleased
1"The Kraken's Lament"Gary RussellMark WrightAcanthus, JackSeptember 2011 (2011-09)
2"The Temple of Questions"Gary RussellJacqueline RaynerRuth, Leonidas, Jack, HeskithSeptember 2011 (2011-09)
3"Private Enemy No. 1"Gary RussellTony LeeRuth, Leonidas, Heskith, the EpochSeptember 2011 (2011-09)
4"Judgement Day"Gary RussellScott HandcockRuth, Jack, the Epoch, BraxSeptember 2011 (2011-09)

Boxset 2: Road Trip (2012)

No.TitleDirected byWritten byFeaturingReleased
1"Brand Management"Gary RussellChristopher CooperRuthFebruary 2012 (2012-02)
2"Bad Habits"Gary RussellSimon Barnard and Paul MorrisRuthFebruary 2012 (2012-02)
3"Paradise Frost"Scott HandcockDavid LlewellynRuth, Brax, Peter, JackFebruary 2012 (2012-02)

Boxset 3: Legion (2012)

No.TitleDirected byWritten byFeaturingReleased
1"Vesuvius Falling"Gary RussellTony LeePeter, Ruth, Jack, BraxSeptember 2012 (2012-09)
2"Shades of Gray"Scott HandcockScott HandcockRuth, Jack, DorianSeptember 2012 (2012-09)
3"Everybody Loves Irving"Gary RussellMiles RichardsonBrax, Peter, Ruth, JackSeptember 2012 (2012-09)

Boxset 4: New Frontiers (2013)

No.TitleDirected byWritten byFeaturingReleased
1"A Handful of Dust"Gary RussellXanna Eve ChownPeter, Ruth, JackApril 2013 (2013-04)
2"HMS Surprise"Scott HandcockAlexander VlahosPeter, JackApril 2013 (2013-04)
3"The Curse of Fenman"Gary RussellGary RussellPeter, Ruth, Jack, Brax, FenmanApril 2013 (2013-04)

Boxset 5: Missing Persons (2013)

No.TitleDirected byWritten byFeaturingReleased
1"Big Dig"Gary Russell and Scott HandcockHamish SteeleRuth, Jack, The EpochDecember 2013 (2013-12)
2"The Revenant's Carnival"Gary Russell and Scott HandcockMartin DayPeterDecember 2013 (2013-12)
3"The Brimstone Kid"Gary Russell and Scott HandcockDavid LlewellynBraxDecember 2013 (2013-12)
4"The Winning Side"Gary Russell and Scott HandcockJames GossThe EpochDecember 2013 (2013-12)
5"In Living Memory"Gary Russell and Scott HandcockGary Russell & Scott HandcockPeter, Ruth, Jack, Brax, The EpochDecember 2013 (2013-12)

Boxset 6: The Story So Far (2018)

No.TitleDirected byWritten byFeaturingReleased
Volume 1
1"Ever After Happy"Scott HandcockJames GossSeptember 2018 (2018-09)
2"The Grel Invasion of Earth"Scott HandcockJacqueline RaynerJason Kane, The GrelSeptember 2018 (2018-09)
3"Braxiatel in Love"Scott HandcockSimon GuerrierBraxSeptember 2018 (2018-09)
Volume 2
1"Every Dark Thought"Scott HandcockEddie RobsonValeyardSeptember 2018 (2018-09)
2"Empress of the Drahvins"Scott HandcockDavid LlewellynDrahvins, RuthSeptember 2018 (2018-09)
3"The Angel of History"Scott HandcockUna McCormackThe Doctor (Unbound)September 2018 (2018-09)


TitleDirected byWritten byFeaturingReleased
Buried TreasuresJason Haigh-Ellery, Gary RussellJacqueline Rayner, Paul CornellKeriAugust 1999 (1999-08)
"Silver Lining"Gary RussellColin BrakeCybermenDecember 2004 (2004-12)
"Many Happy Returns"John Ainsworth, Scott Handcock, Gary RussellXanna Eve Chown, Stephen Cole, Paul Cornell, Stephen Fewell, Simon Guerrier, Scott Handcock, Rebecca Levene, Jacqueline Rayner, Justin Richards, Miles Richardson, Eddie Robson, Dave StoneJoseph, Brax, Adrian, Bev, Peter, Ruth, Jack, Leonidas, Iris, Panda, Seventh DoctorNovember 2012 (2012-11)

The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield

Following the conclusion of the Bernice Summerfield box set range, a new range starring Lisa Bowerman as Bernice Summerfield alongside Sylvester McCoy as the Doctor entitled The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield was launched.

Volume 1 (2014)

No.TitleDirected byWritten byFeaturingReleased
1"The Revolution"Scott HandcockNev FountainSeventh DoctorJune 2014 (2014-06)
2"Good Night, Sweet Ladies"Scott HandcockUna McCormackJune 2014 (2014-06)
3"Random Ghosts"Scott HandcockGuy AdamsAceJune 2014 (2014-06)
4"The Lights of Skaro"Scott HandcockJames GossSeventh Doctor, AceJune 2014 (2014-06)

Volume 2: The Triumph of Sutekh (2015)

No.TitleDirected byWritten byFeaturingReleased
1"The Pyramid of Sutekh"Scott HandcockGuy AdamsSeventh Doctor, AceJune 2015 (2015-06)
2"The Vaults of Osiris"Scott HandcockJustin RichardsSeventh Doctor, AceJune 2015 (2015-06)
3"The Eye of Horus"Scott HandcockJames GossSeventh Doctor, AceJune 2015 (2015-06)
4"The Tears of Isis"Scott HandcockUna McCormackSeventh Doctor, AceJune 2015 (2015-06)

Volume 3: The Unbound Universe (2016)

Bernice Summerfield in a series of adventures with a version of the Doctor from the Unbound series. Mark Gatiss returns as a version of the Master from the same series,[4] appearing in The Emporium at the End and The True Savior of the Universe, as well as a brief appearance in a flashback in The Library in the Body.

No.TitleDirected byWritten byFeaturingReleased
1"The Library in the Body"Scott HandcockJames GossThe Doctor (Unbound)August 2016 (2016-08)
2"Planet X"Scott HandcockGuy AdamsThe Doctor (Unbound)August 2016 (2016-08)
3"The Very Dark Thing"Scott HandcockUna McCormackThe Doctor (Unbound)August 2016 (2016-08)
4"The Emporium at the End"Scott HandcockEmma ReevesThe Doctor (Unbound), The Master (Unbound)August 2016 (2016-08)

Volume 4: Ruler of the Universe (2017)

No.TitleDirected byWritten byFeaturingReleased
1"The City and the Clock"Scott HandcockGuy AdamsThe Doctor (Unbound)September 2017 (2017-09)
2"Asking for a Friend"Scott HandcockJames GossThe Doctor (Unbound)September 2017 (2017-09)
3"Truant"Scott HandcockGuy AdamsThe Doctor (Unbound)September 2017 (2017-09)
4"The True Saviour of the Universe"Scott HandcockJames GossThe Doctor (Unbound), The Master (Unbound)September 2017 (2017-09)

Volume 5: Buried Memories (2019)

No.TitleDirected byWritten byFeaturingReleased
1"Pride of the Lampian"Scott HandcockAlyson LeedsThe Doctor (Unbound)September 2019 (2019-09)
2"Clear History"Scott HandcockDoris V SutherlandThe Doctor (Unbound)September 2019 (2019-09)
3"Dead and Breakfast"Scott HandcockApril McCaffreyThe Doctor (Unbound)September 2019 (2019-09)
4"Burrowed Time"Scott HandcockLani WoodwardThe Doctor (Unbound)September 2019 (2019-09)

Volume 6: Lost in Translation (2020)

No.TitleDirected byWritten byFeaturingReleased
1"Have I Told You Lately?"Scott HandcockTim FoleyThe Doctor (Unbound)September 2020 (2020-09)
2"The Undying Truth"Scott HandcockJA PrenticeThe Doctor (Unbound)September 2020 (2020-09)
3"Inertia"Scott HandcockJames GossThe Doctor (Unbound)September 2020 (2020-09)
4"Gallifrey"Scott HandcockGuy Adams & AK BenedictThe Doctor (Unbound)September 2020 (2020-09)

Volume 7: Blood & Steel (2022)

David Warner died on 24 July 2022. Recording of the series had been completed and was released posthumously.

No.TitleDirected byWritten byFeaturingReleased
1"Wilkommen"Scott HandcockJames GossThe Doctor (Unbound), CybermenSeptember 2022 (2022-09)
2"Wulf"Scott HandcockAaron LamontThe Doctor (Unbound)September 2022 (2022-09)
3"Ubermensch"Scott HandcockRochana PatelThe Doctor (Unbound)September 2022 (2022-09)
4"Auf Wiedersehen"Scott HandcockVictoria SaxtonThe Doctor (Unbound)September 2022 (2022-09)

Other audio play appearances

See also: List of Doctor Who audiobooks § Bernice Summerfield

See also


  1. ^ "Bernice Summerfield - 20 years! - News - Big Finish".
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