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Death and the Daleks was the final audio story of the fourth season of the Big Finish Bernice Summerfield series. It was a direct sequel to the short story anthology Life During Wartime.

It was unusual, though not unique, in that it began with a "previously on Bernice Summerfield" segment, which brought listeners up to speed with the details of the Fifth Axis Occupation of the Braxiatel Collection covered in Life During Wartime.

Written by Benny's creator Paul Cornell, this story revisited the planet Heaven, the planet where she first met the Doctor. This story also revealed greater details about the Fifth Axis, a group first introduced in The Doomsday Manuscript, the first full length Big Finish Bernice Summerfield novel published in 2000. It also debuted Benny's father on audio.

It was an unusual length, the first 2 CD Bernice Summerfield audio story since Just War and the only original Bernice Summerfield audio story to be 2 CDs long as of March 2018.

The second CD also includes the bonus story Closure, originally released as part of the audio anthology Buried Treasures.

Publisher's summary[]

The Braxiatel Collection has been occupied by the Fifth Axis, who seem to be led by a figure from Bernice's past. Behind this mysterious man lies the evil time-travelling power of the Daleks.

As Bernice's friends rise up to end the occupation, Bernice embarks on a desperate rescue mission, to somewhere she last went long ago.

Braxiatel confronts his destiny, Jason risks all for his love, and lives are shattered and lost, as the battle of the Braxiatel Collection reaches its epic conclusion.

Our heroes will live free or die...


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  • Benny mocks the Daleks stating they couldn't "exterminate [their] way out of a tomato".




  • Marshal Anson mentions the Hoothi when speaking of Heaven.
  • Joseph delivers a message from Bernice to Braxiatel which reads "Doubtless Anyone Listening Expects Kind Sentiment" to alert him to who are really pulling the strings.


Fake "Axis of Evil" cover.

  • To keep the secret of the Daleks' involvement in this audio, Big Finish released a fake cover for this audio (on their website) under the title The Axis of Evil.
  • This audio drama was recorded on 14 December 2003.
  • This story debuts a new theme tune composed by Simon Robinson for series 5 and onwards until Simon composed a secondary version.


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