Bernice Summerfield —
90 releases comprising 132 stories, starting with Oh No It Isn't!
Big Finish Productions
was the first series produced by Bernice Summerfield Big Finish Productions, combining both audio and prose releases in an ongoing narrative, with the titular character portrayed by Lisa Bowerman.
The series began in
1998 with audio adaptations of six Virgin New Adventures novels. After this first season's success, Big Finish began producing audio stories and prose stories simultaneously.
Initially, the ongoing narrative was spread evenly between the two media - for instance, Benny became pregnant in the novel
and gave birth in the novel Professor Bernice Summerfield and the Squire's Crystal , with the audio stories making several minor references to her pregnancy. However, from the third series onward, the audio stories became the primary series, with novels and short story collections providing greater depth to the world and heavily expanding on the large cast of regular characters. Occasionally, however, prose stories would be integral to the overall narrative, such as the audio story Professor Bernice Summerfield and the Glass Prison continuing on directly from the anthology Death and the Daleks , and the regular characters Life During Wartime Hass and Doggles being introduced in the anthologies and A Life Worth Living respectively. When Something Changed Simon Guerrier took over as executive producer for Series 7, he made an effort to better combine the audio and prose stories, featuring hitherto prose-only characters in audio and incorporating prose-featured events, such as the death of semi-regular character Ms Jones in the anthology , into the overall story arc.
Many characters created or established in the Virgin New Adventures, such as
Jason Kane and Irving Braxiatel, made major appearances in this series, and several others, such as Wolsey, Isaac Summerfield and Kadiatu Lethbridge-Stewart, were featured in occasional stories. Additionally, links were made with Big Finish's Doctor Who content, such as the character of Bev Tarrant crossing over from the Main Range to become a regular character.
Several authors who wrote for Benny at Virgin also contributed to the line. Writers like Matt Jones, Paul Cornell, Justin Richards, Lance Parkin, Dave Stone, Ben Aaronovitch, Daniel O'Mahony, Lawrence Miles, Mark Clapham and Gary Russell had at least one story produced.
Most of the stories cover Bernice's life following her departure from travelling with the Doctor. However, several prose releases have featured stories that portrayed Bernice's life long before she met the Doctor.
The series concluded in
2013, but it was relaunched the next year as , where she was briefly reunited with the The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield Seventh Doctor and Ace, before teaming up with an incarnation of the Doctor from an alternate universe.
Stories [ ]
Series 1 [ ]
Main article: Series 1 (BFBS)
Series 1 was a collection of audio adaptations of
Virgin New Adventures novels.
Series 2 [ ]
Main article: Series 2 (BFBS)
Beginning with series 2, Big Finish began to release original audio stories about Bernice Summerfield. They also began to publish short story anthologies that continued ongoing plotlines from the audios.
Professor Bernice Summerfield and the Dead Men Diaries Various
Short story anthology
Professor Bernice Summerfield and the Doomsday Manuscript
Brax, Joseph, Adrian, Fifth Axis
Professor Bernice Summerfield and the Secret of Cassandra
Professor Bernice Summerfield and the Gods of the Underworld
Professor Bernice Summerfield and the Squire's Crystal
Adrian, Joseph, Brax, Fenman
Professor Bernice Summerfield and the Stone's Lament
Professor Bernice Summerfield and the Extinction Event
Professor Bernice Summerfield and the Infernal Nexus
Professor Bernice Summerfield and the Skymines of Karthos
Professor Bernice Summerfield and the Glass Prison
Brax, Joseph, Jason, Adrian, Isaac, Peter, Fifth Axis, Fenman, Chris Cwej
Series 3 [ ]
Main article: Series 3 (BFBS)
Series 4 [ ]
Main article: Series 4 (BFBS)
Professor Bernice Summerfield and the Bellotron Incident
Bev, Brax, Joseph, Rutans
Professor Bernice Summerfield and the Draconian Rage
Professor Bernice Summerfield and the Poison Seas
Brax, Sea Devils
Life During Wartime Various
Short story anthology
13 October 2003
Death and the Daleks
Brax, Jason, Adrian, Joseph, Bev, Isaac, Fifth Axis, Daleks
Series 5 [ ]
Main article: Series 5 (BFBS)
Series 6 [ ]
Main article: Series 6 (BFBS)
Staring in series 6, the anthology releases began to alternate between collections of short stories and groupings of three novellas. This continued until series 9.
Series 7 [ ]
Main article: Series 7 (BFBS)
Series 8 [ ]
Main article: Series 8 (BFBS)
The Tub Full of Cats
Maggie, Brax, the Mim
The Judas Gift
Bev, Adrian, Brax, Doggles, Joseph, Hass, the Mim, Draconians
Freedom of Information
Adrian, Brax, Doggles, Joseph, Hass,
Jason, the Mim, Draconians
Nobody's Children Various
3 August 2007
The End of the World
Jason, Brax, Adrian
The Two Jasons
The Final Amendment
Missing Adventures Various
Short story anthology
27 November 2007
Peter, Brax, Adrian, Bev, Doggles, Joseph, Hass
Series 9 [ ]
Main article: Series 9 (BFBS)
Series 10 [ ]
Main article: Series 10 (BFBS)
Series 11 [ ]
Main article: Series 11 (BFBS)
Dead and Buried
1 September 2010
Resurrecting the Past Audio
Peter, Brax, Bev, Adrian, Robyn, Doggles, Joseph, Hass
Present Danger Various
Short story anthology
20 September 2010
Escaping the Future
Peter, Brax, Bev, Adrian, Doggles, Joseph, Hass
Dead Man's Switch
John Dorney, Richard Dinnick
Epoch [ ]
Main article: Epoch (audio anthology)
After series 11, Big Finish began to release new Bernice Summerfield audios in collected "boxsets" rather than spread out over months.
The Kraken's Lament
The Temple of Questions
Ruth, Leonidas, Jack, Heskith
Private Enemy No. 1
Ruth, Leonidas, Heskith, the Epoch
Ruth, Jack, the Epoch, Brax
Road Trip [ ]
Main article: Road Trip (audio anthology)
Road Trip began the pattern that would last until the series' penultimate release, where the boxset would include three audio stories and be accompanied by a tie-in novel.
Legion [ ]
Main article: Legion (audio anthology)
Many Happy Returns [ ]
The audio story
was released in November 2012 to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Bernice Summerfield's introduction in Many Happy Returns . Its contributors included Love and War Xanna Eve Chown, Stephen Cole, Paul Cornell, Stephen Fewell, Simon Guerrier, Scott Handcock, Rebecca Levene, Jacqueline Rayner, Justin Richards, Miles Richardson, Eddie Robson, and Dave Stone. A portion of the proceeds went to the myalgic encephalomyelitis charity "Invest in M.E."
Many Happy Returns Various
Joseph, Brax, Adrian, Bev,
Peter, Ruth, Jack, Leonidas, Iris, Panda, The Doctor
New Frontiers [ ]
Main article: New Frontiers (audio anthology)
Missing Persons [ ]
Main article: Missing Persons (audio anthology)
The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield [ ]
Main article: The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield (audio series)
2014, the Bernice Summerfield audio series continued as , now with the The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield Doctor Who license and featuring the Doctor. The release format continued to be annual boxsets, with occasional accompanying book releases under the Bernice Summerfield title.
The Story So Far [ ]
Main article: The Story So Far
To celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the
Bernice Summerfield series in 2018, Big Finish released several boxsets in the Bernice Summerfield range, including , a collection of narrated Treasury Bernice Summerfield short stories narrated by Lisa Bowerman and Andrew Cartmel; and and The Story So Far: Volume One , a collection of six new audio stories set throughout Bernice's life.
Special releases [ ]
Crossovers [ ]
Bernice Summerfield range occasionally crossed over with other ranges:
External links [ ]
The Dance of the Dead follows directly from The Plague Herds of Excelis.
↑ Despite being released in series 6,
The Heart's Desire is technically set before The Masquerade of Death from series 5.
↑ Despite being published before it, the anthology
Parallel Lives follows from The Goddess Quandary.
Genius Loci is set not during series 6 or 7 but during Benny's earlier life.
↑ The short story
Mother's Ruin is set a few weeks after Summer of Love.
↑ This story tales place contemporaneously with
The End of the World and The Final Amendment.
↑ Though this anthology was published between
The Diet of Worms and Glory Days, there is no gap between those two stories.
↑ 8.0 8.1 This tie-in novel is set between stories in the accompanying boxset.
↑ This novel leads into
↑ This novel is set before
Missing Persons despite being published later.