Professor Bernice Summerfield first appeared as a new Seventh Doctor companion in Paul Cornell’s 1992 Doctor Who New Adventures novel, Love and War. Lisa Bowerman has been playing her for Big Finish since the 1998 story Oh No it Isn’t!
Doctor Who: The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield Volume 6 is directed by Scott Handcock and produced by James Goss. You can read the synopsis for the four brand new stories below:
- Have I Told You Lately? by Tim Foley
- Bernice and the Doctor find themselves lost in the dark with the only clue to their surroundings a mysterious voice.
- The Undying Truth by J A Prentice
- A mysterious mission has discovered a body, one that should never be found. Can the Undying really be dead after all?
- Inertia by James Goss
- A remote island on a dull world. Some boring natives, some uninteresting ruins. Can two timetravellers manage to do nothing for a month
- Gallifrey by Guy Adams & AK Benedict
- The Doctor has come home. But he doesn’t belong here. And Bernice thinks there’s something very wrong with Gallifrey.
Writer and producer James Goss said:
“‘The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield Volume 6’ is a series of four stories all about communication, or failures to communicate. If that sounds boring and worthy, it’s really not – it’s a huge amount of fun leading up to a massive amount of drama!” “The finale is set on Gallifrey. And it’s a proper little epic. Something’s very wrong on the Doctor’s home planet and only two outsiders can work out what it is.”
Actor Lisa Bowerman said:
“This series is actually quite a good springboard because it’s the first time we’ve started exploring being in the Doctor’s ‘wrong’ universe. It gives the scripts a different tone. “It’s a version of the Doctor we know but Benny doesn’t necessarily recognise. I think the fact she doesn’t recognise what he’s turning into (because he’s uncomfortable where he is) gives it a whole new angle, and I think that’s pretty cool.”
Doctor Who: The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield Volume 6 is available to purchase as a CD box set or as a download, exclusively from the Big Finish website.