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Professor Bernice Summerfield and the Doomsday Manuscript, or simply The Doomsday Manuscript was the first full length novel published by Big Finish Productions following their production of audio story adaptations of novels from the Virgin New Adventures and Virgin Bernice Summerfield New Adventures ranges.

This novel continued to significantly develop the Braxiatel Collection which was first mentioned in the 1979 Doctor Who television story City of Death, though was not visited until 1994's Theatre of War, a Virgin New Adventures novel. Both Theatre of War and this novel were written by Justin Richards.

Publisher's summary[]

The Doomsday Manuscript: The key to finding the Lost Tomb of Rablev. Legend says that if the tomb is ever opened, the world will end.

The Braxiatel Collection: Home to Professor Bernice Summerfield, and the location of one half of the Doomsday Manuscript.

The Fifth Axis: A callous, aggressive force that is assimilating territory and acquiring art treasures and archaeological finds.

Kasagrad: The last neutral planet in the Assimilated Territories, strategically vital and protected from the Fifth Axis by its impenetrable defence systems.

With the party to celebrate the opening of the Braxiatel Collection and the new year still underway, Benny finds herself drawn into a web of mystery and intrigue that starts with death and gets more serious at every stage. Can she find the second half of the Doomsday Manuscript before it falls into the wrong hands? Can she trust her partner in the quest? What will she find on Kasagrad - the location of the Lost Tomb of Rablev?

And can she squeeze in another drink at Joseppi's - favourite haunt of black marketeers, spies, counterfeiters, Fifth Axis officers, and desperate archaeologists - before the end of the world?


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Foods and beverages[]

  • Vendolusian plankton is poisonous until partially digested by the Vendolusian pond squwelch, after which it is served as a delicacy.


  • Benny's birthday is 21 June.
  • Adrian Wall is a Killoran.
  • Wolsey has his paw broken by Daglan Straklant and then fixed by Ms Jones with genetic binding ointment.
  • Irving Braxiatel gives Benny a replacement Joseph.



Audiobook cover.

  • This story was released as an audiobook read by Lisa Bowerman.
  • This is the first full length novel published by Big Finish as part of the Bernice Summerfield series.
  • At the start of the novel is a Welcome to the Braxiatel Collection PR document. It sets out various things about the collection and as it states, is a "working document" and comes complete with deliberate spelling mistakes/grammar mistakes.
  • The novel cover was done by Carolyn Edwards. The likeness of Bernice was based on Lisa Bowerman and the image on the back cover of Jason Kane was based on Stephen Fewell.


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