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The Shadow of the Scourge was the thirteenth story in Big Finish's monthly range. It was written by Paul Cornell and featured Sylvester McCoy as the Seventh Doctor, Sophie Aldred as Ace and Lisa Bowerman as Bernice Summerfield.

Bowerman had already been portraying Bernice Summerfield in Big Finish's own brand of Bernice audio stories. The cover of this story features Lisa Bowerman's promotional image for Big Finish's Bernice Summerfield series (which began with Oh No It Isn't!), Sylvester McCoy in a photoshopped image based on his New Adventures costume (which can be seen on the cover of Original Sin) and Sophie Aldred in the costume that was created for Ace! The Inside Story of the End of an Era based on her appearances in Virgin New Adventure novels (post-Deceit).

Publisher's summary[]

The Pinehill Crest Hotel in Kent is host to three very different events: a cross-stitch convention, an experiment in time travel and... the summoning of the Scourge.

The Seventh Doctor, Bernice and Ace find themselves dealing with a dead body that has come back to life, a mystical symbol that possesses its host, and a threat from another universe that is ready for every trick the Doctor's got up his sleeve.

This time, has the Doctor gone too far?


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Foods and beverages[]

  • The Doctor muses to himself, "Why does tea made in a hotel room taste worse than tea made in any other situation?".


  • Ace uses a tool which the Spacefleet use to pry the casings off Daleks to open the lift doors.


The Doctor[]


Promotional art from DWM 296

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  • Ace is pictured wearing her Spacefleet combat outfit, placing this after PROSE: Deceit.
  • When the Doctor falls unconscious, Bernice says he would have told them that "where there is life, there is hope". (TV: Planet of the Spiders)
  • Inside the Doctor's mind, there are mental constructs of concepts (TV: Nightmare in Silver) such as the mathematics of flight.
  • Bernice mentions that Ace has been within the Doctor's mind. (PROSE: Timewyrm: Revelation)
  • Bernice meets the Doctor's eighth incarnation in PROSE: The Dying Days.

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