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.
As Bernice's friends rise up to end the occupation, Bernice embarks on a desperate rescue mission, to somewhere she last went long ago.
Our heroes will live free or die...
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- Bernice Summerfield - Lisa Bowerman
- Irving Braxiatel - Miles Richardson
- Jason Kane - Stephen Fewell
- Adrian Wall - Harry Myers
- Joseph - Steven Wickham
- Bev Tarrant - Louise Faulkner
- Ms Jones - Beverley Cressman
- Mister Crofton / The Daleks - Nicholas Briggs
- Isaac Summerfield - Ian Collier
- Marshal Anson - Michael Shallard
- Bernard Moskof - Andrew Westfield
- The Daleks use Isaac Summerfield as a Dalek Battle Computer.
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- Benny mocks the Daleks stating they couldn't "exterminate [their] way out of a tomato".
- Benny sees her father, Isaac Summerfield, who appears to be posing as the leader of the Fifth Axis.
- This is the first confirmation that Irving Braxiatel is a Time Lord as he has a TARDIS.
- Bernice mentions Winston Churchill, Napoléon Bonaparte and Alexander the Great.
- Benny and Jason track the transmission to the planet Heaven. The planet Heaven was the place where Benny first met the Seventh Doctor in Love and War.
- 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.
- 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.
- Bernice voices a "previously on Bernice Summerfield" detailing the events of PROSE: Life During Wartime.
- Benny mentions Heaven and the Hoothi. (PROSE: Love and War)
- The Daleks use a battle computer as the Renegade Daleks did in Shoreditch, London in November 1963. (TV: Remembrance of the Daleks)
- Bernice mentions the Daleks making duplicates, which they last experimented with in TV: Resurrection of the Daleks.
- Bernice also mentions when she first met the Vardans. (PROSE: No Future)
- Bernice mentions the Movellans, when saying they were able to defeat the Daleks for centuries, making the universe look like a disco. She also mentions their weakness, of removing the hipside powerpacks. (TV: Destiny of the Daleks)
- Braxiatel listens to The Magic Flute to relax, as Romana II did during her Presidency. (AUDIO: Weapon of Choice)
- Bernice mentions that the Daleks' once manipulated one empire against another. (TV: Frontier in Space)
- Parasiel attended the lecture Benny delivered on the occupation, the framing story of this adventure. (AUDIO: The Goddess Quandary)