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Bernice Summerfield Audio and Books

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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10:03 Venus Mantrap

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Eros, artificial moon of Venus, has a reputation for romance, but Professor Bernice Summerfield is just visiting for the money – specifically the secret royalties of her recently deceased partner, the famous ‘novelist' Jason Kane. Jason entrusted control of the inheritance to Bernice's rival in love and academia, acerbic alien rodent Professor Scoblow, and Bernice is prepared for a fight.

Unfortunately for Bernice, the path of finance rarely runs smoothly and disgruntled hamsters are the least of her problems: Eros's twin moon, the warlike Thanatos, is moving into alignment, Erosian society is in turmoil, war rockets are due for launch, and worst of all the banks are closed until further notice.

To get her hands on Jason's money, Bernice must ally herself with Scoblow to bring peace to Eros and Thanatos through a dangerous combination of espionage and dating, at terrible risk to both life and dignity.

And if that wasn't bad enough, a force as inevitable as death is waiting to strike…

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10:04 Secret Origins

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Bernice Summerfield wakes up in hospital on Earth, in the ruined city of Buenos Aires. She is relieved to find her son Peter by her side. Frost, the man who kidnapped Peter and has terrorised this city for centuries, has long been thought immortal: but now he's dead. Everything is fine.

Or is it? As Bernice tells Peter how she rescued him, she questions why Frost went to such lengths to kidnap Peter in the first place. Frost is one of two people she's met here who claim to have known her for a long time: he seemed to have a grudge against her, whilst the other, a young woman named Robyn, claims to have worked with her for many years.

As Bernice recuperates, the memories of this time start to come back to her. She remembers new adventures stretching back many, many years. She and Robyn have defeated Frost countless times before. How can this be right? Are these memories real? The answers lie in the origins of the feud between Bernice and Frost – but is Bernice paying too heavy a price for remembering?

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11:01 Resurrecting the Past

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When a group of Irving Braxiatel’s defensive Mechanoids embarks on a kidnapping spree, Braxiatel denies all knowledge – but his former associates Bev Tarrant and Adrian Wall suspect something else is going on. They’ve been waiting for Braxiatel to show his hand for months and this looks like it.

The only problem is, Bernice Summerfield isn’t around to help. She’s vanished. Her son, Peter, and Adrian search for her on a craggy forgotten planet.

Meanwhile Robyn, an android from the future, is on a mission to find out why Braxiatel wants her creators wiped from the timelines for good. She and Bev team up to investigate the kidnappings. What is Braxiatel doing with all these people? And why has Bernice been so important to his plans for all these years?

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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: Adorable Illusion (Missing Persons Tie-In Novel)

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Dear Peter

Hope this finds you. Goodness only knows how. But these things have a way of working out. Sometimes.

Look, I'm on this huuuuge  dreadnought ship with Jack, lost in space. And it's got a hole in the middle. I mean, who builds a ship with a hole in it? Well, presumably someone did.

Not that I'm surprised - the Robot pilot's a drunk, the doctor's a vet and the cook is a Madras (literally - the guy making our dinner is a living curry) and the priest is a born-again atheist. I ask you - how do I get into these situations? No, no don't answer that.

Anyway, the hole in the ship is getting larger, I have to get the passengers (ie prisoners) from one end to the other, and it's about to crash into a living sun (don't ask).

People are disappearing into the hole, and then coming back. But different. Not quite so nice (and they were no bundles of fun to start with).

Oh yes, and then there's the monsters. They were locked up.  Then they weren't. Which Jack says is my fault. Which may be true. And they want to eat us.

Quite why they call this ship The Adorable is, frankly, beyond me.

Anyway, assuming I survive monsters, holes, criminals and a walking curry, hope to see you soon.

Much love

Mum.

aka Professor Bernice Summerfield

aka Prisoner 442

Damn. Forgot to mention the "I'm here 'cos I murdered someone" bit…

Written By: Gary Russell

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Bernice Summerfield: A Life In Pieces - Signed

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Signed by JOSEPH LIDSTER

A collection of three novellas, Zardox Break by Dave Stone, The Purpura Pawn by Paul Sutton and On Trial by Joseph Lidster.

hardcover only

 

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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

“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

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

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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