Christmas Ideas: Bernice Summerfield’s Epoch

Stuck for a present for the Whovian in your life? We’ve got an idea that’s a little bit different…

It’s amazing the endurance that characters from the world of Doctor Who can have.

Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures are rating winning spin-offs based on characters that appeared in Doctor Who for a small number of years.

K-9 now has his own spin-off after guest starring in another spin-off (The Sarah Jane Adventures) and even having the very first spin-off in the 1980s (K-9 and Company).

bf-bernice-cgi-home3However one of the most impressive characters to receive their own drama series from the world of Who is former Seventh Doctor companion Bernice Summerfield – Archaeologist, adventurer and heavy drinker.

The most impressive bit about this character is that she was never in the television show but was created by writer Paul Cornell in literary form in the early 1990s when The New Adventures were being released by Virgin publishing.

Not only has the character had her own range of novels, she’s also had long-running audio adventures courtesy of Big Finish as well as an animated adventure.

Voiced by Lisa Barrowman, the character on Professor Summerfield looks set to have many continuing adventures whilst her old friend the Doctor saves the Universe elsewhere.

Big Finish released an impressive box set of Summerfield fun called Epoch, which saw a rebranding of the Bernice Summerfield range, taking it to exciting new places.

Four stories are included – The Kraken’s Lament, The Temple of Questions, Private Enemy No.1, and Judgement Day – plus a bonus fifth disc contains two documentaries, one called The making of Dead and Buried, focussing on the animated adventure.

The other documentary, Bernice Summerfield Rebranded, looks at the new series of adventures and how things have changed. It also includes interviews with Paul Cornell and Lisa Bowerman.

The bonus disc also features the DVD debut of Dead and Buried.

The five-disc box set is £45.00 from Big Finish or £40.00 as a download.


What happens when an eight year old kid watches the 1993 repeat run of Planet of the Daleks? He pretty much ends up here writing about the show that grabbed hold of him and never let go!

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