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Beyond the Sun
AuthorMatt Jones
Cover artistMark Salwowski
SeriesDoctor Who book:
The New Adventures
Release number
Bernice Summerfield
PublisherVirgin Books
Publication date
July 1997
Preceded byDragons' Wrath 
Followed byShip of Fools 

Beyond the Sun is a novel by Matt Jones featuring the fictional archaeologist Bernice Summerfield, his second for the Virgin New Adventures. The New Adventures were a spin-off from the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. The book is, in part, a coming-of-age story for the character of Emile as he comes to terms with his sexuality. Emile would later re-appear in subsequent New Adventures.


Bernice Summerfield takes her two students Emile and Tameka on a field trip, but when her ex-husband Jason turns up, they all become embroiled with the dangerous super-weapon of a lost civilisation.

Audio adaptation

Beyond the Sun
Big Finish Productions audio drama
Series'Bernice Summerfield'
Release no.2
FeaturingBernice Summerfield
Written byMatt Jones
Directed byGary Russell
Produced byGary Russell
Executive producer(s)Jason Haigh-Ellery
Length1 hr 40 mins
Release dateSeptember 1998

In 1998, Beyond the Sun was adapted by its author for Big Finish Productions into an audio drama starring Lisa Bowerman as Bernice. The audio drama also features actor Anneke Wills, better known for playing Polly and Sophie Aldred who played Ace, both in the Doctor Who television series.



  1. The title Beyond the Sun is an in-joke; at the time the novel was written, it had long been variously attributed as a working title to any one of three early Doctor Who serials from the first series in 1963, although it was never used on-screen.

Beyond the Sun New Adventure