Thursday, 9 January 2003

benny summerfield update

Big Finish has revealed further plans for its 2003 range of products based on Bernice Summerfield, the former Doctor Who books companion that was spun off several years ago. In addition to three previously confirmed stories this year, all audio -- February's "The Mirror Effect" by Stewart Sheargold, "The Bellotron Incident" by Mike Tucker in April, and June's "The Grel Escape" by Jacqueline Rayner -- Big Finish has announced that August will see the release of The Poison Seas by David Bailey. "Bernice will receive a curiously worded summons to head back to The Braxiatel Collection. Is something wrong? Has something happened to her baby, Peter? Has Brax discovered some new amazing artefact? Have Adrian Wall and Jason Kane come to blows over the nappy-changing rota? Or have Ms Jones, the fearsome administrator and Mister Crofton the equally fearsome gardener arranged nuptials? Or is it something far more sinister, far further reaching than that? Has something that Benny thought was over and done with come back to haunt her? Or, as seems likely, has war finally come to her doorstep?" That's followed in September by the second Bernice hardcover short story anthology, Life During Wartime edited by Benny creator Paul Cornell, "which apart from changing the direction of Big Finish's audio and book range, will also act as an excellent jumping-on point for newcomers or old-hands who have fallen away." Cornell will also pen the December 2003 audio release The Axis of Evil, for which some of the plot threads from "Life During Wartime" will be examined. (Thanks to Big Finish)