Bernice Summerfield: Beyond the Sun

This audio drama was released by Big Finish in September 1998.

“You’re on your own, Bernice”
 
Bernice Summerfield has drawn the short straw. Not for her the pleasures of intergalactic conferences and highbrow lecture tours. Oh no. She’s forced to take two overlooked freshers on their very first dig. And just when it seems things can’t get any worse, her no-good ex-husband Jason turns up, claiming that he is in deadly danger. Benny finally begins to believe his wild claims, but unfortunately only after he has been kidnapped from his hotel room.
 
Feeling guilty, she sets out to rescue him. Well, let’s face it, no one else is going to. Her only clue is a dusty artefact that Jason claimed was part of an ancient and powerful weapon. But Professor Bernice Summerfield PhD knows that’s just silly nonsense. She’s been an archaeologist long enough to know that lost alien civilisations do not leave their most powerful weapons lying around for any nutter to find. Do they?
 
Once again Benny is all that stands between Jason and his own mistakes, as she tries to prevent the wrong people acquiring this terrible and somewhat unlikely weapon – a weapon rumoured to have powers beyond the sun.

Written By: Matt Jones
Directed By: Gary Russell

Cast

Lisa Bowerman (Bernice Summerfield); Sophie Aldred (Miranda); Anneke Wills (Doctor Kitzinger); Stephen Fewell (Jason Kane); Jane Burke (Tameka Vito); Lewis Davis (Emile Mars-Smith); Nicholas Pegg (Scott); Barnaby Edwards (Leon)

Bernice Summerfield: Beyond the Sun can be purchased as a CD at

http://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/beyond-the-sun-42

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Doctor Who: Legacy

This Doctor Who novel, written by Gary Russell, was published by Virgin in April 1994.

‘So, that’s an Ice Warrior. Brings a whole new meaning to the concept of shell suits.’

The Doctor is pursuing a master criminal. The trail leads to Peladon: a desolate world once home to a barbaric, feudal society. Now the Galactic Federation is attempting to bring prosperity and civilization to the planet. But not all Pels support the changes, and when ancient relics are stolen from their Citadel, the representatives of the Federation are blamed. The Doctor suspects the Ice Warrior delegation, but before long the Time Lord himself is arrested for the crime — and sentenced to death.

Elsewhere, interplanetary mercenaries are bringing one of the galaxy’s most evil artifacts to Peladon, apparently on the Doctor’s instruction. Ace is pursuing a dangerous mission on another world and Bernice is getting friendly — perhaps too friendly — with the Ice Warriors she has studied for so long.

The players are making the final moves in a devious and lethal plan — but for once it isn’t the Doctor’s.

Doctor Who: Tragedy Day

This Doctor Who novel, written by Gareth Roberts, was published by Virgin in March 1994.

Tomorrow, Tragedy Day. Tomorrow, total control.

In Empire City on the planet Olleril, it’s time for the annual Tragedy Day — when the privileged few celebrate their generosity to the masses.

But this year, something is different. Hideous creatures infest the waters around an island that doesn’t officially exist. Assassins arrive to carry out a killing that may endanger the entire universe. A being known as the Supreme One tests horrific weapons. And a secret order of monks observes the growing chaos.

Five minutes after they arrive on Olleril, the TARDIS crew know they want to leave. But Ace is imprisoned in a sinister refugee camp, and Bernice and the Doctor are in the custody of a brutal police gang. There is no way out.

Bernice Summerfield: Oh No It Isn’t!

This audio drama was released by Big Finish in September 1998.

“The King’s balls get bigger every year!”
 
What could possibly go wrong on Professor Bernice Summerfield’s investigation into the lost civilisation of Perfecton? Nothing, it seems – until they leave the planet and spot a dirty great missile heading towards their ship. But instead of oblivion, Benny finds herself plunged into the strange world of – panto.

Written By: Paul Cornell, dramatised by Jacqueline Rayner.
Directed By: Nicholas Briggs

Cast

Lisa Bowerman (Bernice Summerfield); Nicholas Courtney (Wolsey the Cat); Jo Castleton (Jayne Waspo/Bitchy); Jonathan Brüün (Michael Doran/Cute); Colin McIntyre (Captain Balsam/King Rupert); Nicholas Briggs (Lt Prince/Prince Charming); James Campbell (Professor Candy/Dame Candy); Mark Gatiss (The Grand Vizier); Alistair Lock (The Grel Master)

Bernice Summerfield: Oh No It Isn’t can be purchased as a CD at

http://www.bigfinish.com/releases/v/oh-no-it-isn-t-8

Doctor Who: No Future

This Doctor Who novel, written by Paul Cornell, was published by Virgin in February 1994.

‘This time, anarchy’s real. There are power cuts and Wilson’s resignation, a great upheaval of unease. But now there’s real fear too. Real panic. And that’s not how it’s supposed to be.’

Somebody has been toying with the Doctor’s past, testing him, threatening him, leading him on a chase that has brought the TARDIS to London in 1976 — where reality has been altered once again.

Black Star terrorists foment riots in the streets. The Queen barely escapes assassination. A fearful tension is rising. Something is going to happen. Something bad.

Meanwhile, Benny’s the lead singer in a punk band. Ace can’t talk to her or the Doctor without an argument starting, so she’s made murderous plans of her own. The Doctor’s alone — he doesn’t know who his enemy is, and even the Brigadier has disowned him.

As usual, it’s up to the Doctor to protect the world. And he can’t even protect himself.

Doctor Who: Conundrum

This Doctor Who novel, written by Steve Lyons, was published by Virgin in January 1994.

‘Doctor, we’re talking about an old man who used to dress up in a skintight white jump suit and fly around New York catching super-villains. Don’t you think there’s something just a bit unusual about that?’

A killer is stalking the streets of the village of Arandale. The victims are found one each day, drained of blood. And if that seems strange, it’s nothing compared to the town’s inhabitants.

The Doctor, Ace and Bernice think they’re investigating a murder mystery. But it’s all much more bizarre than that. And much more dangerous.

Someone has interfered with the Doctor’s past again, and he’s landed in a place he knows he once destroyed. This time there can be no escape.

Doctor Who: The Left-Handed Hummingbird

This Doctor Who novel, written by Kate Orman, was published by Virgin in December 1993.

He took up a firing stance, holding the thirty-eight out in front of him. ‘Mr Lennon?’ he said.

1968: Cristian Alvarez meets the Doctor in London.

1978: The great temple of the Aztecs is discovered in Mexico.

1980: John Lennon is murdered in New York.

1994: A gunman runs amok in Mexico City.

Each time, Cristian is there. Each time, he experiences the Blue, a traumatic psychic shock. Only the Doctor can help him — but the Doctor has problems of his own. Following the events of Blood Heat and The Dimension Riders, the Doctor knows that someone or something has been tinkering with time. Now he finds that events in his own past have been altered — and a lethal force from South America’s prehistory has been released.

The Doctor, Ace and Bernice travel to the Aztec Empire in 1487, to London in the Swinging Sixties, and to the sinking of the Titanic as they attempt to rectify the temporal faults — and survive the attacks of the living god Huitzilin.