Birthright
 

No. 4 of 66 in the Bernice Summerfield audios series
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Starring: Lisa Bowerman & Colin Baker
By:Nigel Robinson
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Editions:  UK (CD) | UK (2nd CD)
Note:Abridged (and Doctor-less) audio adaptation of the 1993 New Adventures novel of the same name.

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Edition: UK (CD)
Released:  February 1999
Publisher:  Big Finish
ISBN:1-903654-36-X
Format: 2 x CD
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Cover blurb:
A two-part dramatisation starring Lisa Bowerman, with special guest star Colin Baker as Mikhail Vladamir Popov.

'If the human race were to die tomorrow, insect life would carry on regardless. Insects might even become the dominant species!'

Thrown off the Time Path, Professor Bernice Summerfield is trapped in early 20th Century London, with only one of the pair of time rings she needs to get home. At the other end of time, her ex-husband Jason Kane finds himself stranded on a dead world, where the queen of the Charrl demands his help to save her dying race. But all he wants to do is find Benny, and return to the 26th Century.

In the East End a series of grisly murders has been committed — is this the work of the legendary Springheel Jack or, as Benny suspects, something even more sinister? Allied with a Russian detective, she determines to find out. But the master of a grand order of sorcerers has other plans for her...

This story is based on the New Adventure of the same name.

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Edition: UK (2nd CD)
Title:  Professor Bernice Summerfield: Birthright
Released:  December 1999 (Exact date unconfirmed)
Publisher:  Big Finish
ISBN:1-903654-36-X
Format: 2 x CD
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Note:  Re-release with new cover art to match the subsequent releases in the Bernice Summerfield range. (Same ISBN as the original CD edition) Two cover variants appear to exist: one with the Bernice logo in orange and the title in white (as shown), and the other with a blue Bernice logo and the title in red.

Cover blurb:
Professor Bernice Summerfield: 26th century archaeology professor, and tutor at St Oscar's University on the planet Dellah. Prone to getting involved in adventures, scrapes and general derring-do armed only with her wits, cunning and a flask of brandy! Aged about 35ish, but frequently says she's younger. Odd that...

Jason Kane: 20th century guy, kidnapped by aliens and taken to the future where he met and married Bernice. Then they got divorced. Spends most of his time these days in bars, getting involved with very dodgy deals, criminal low-lifes and other undesirables. Far more intelligent and resourceful than he gives himself credit for.

The Time-Rings: Given to Benny and Jason as wedding rings, they are two extraordinarily powerful devices which, used together, can take them anywhere in time and space. Recently they took Benny and Jason to 570BC. Now they've moved them on a bit — Bernice to AD 1909, Jason to...?

The Charrl: Insectoid race, often mistaken for overgrown grasshoppers. Highly developed psychic powers and a perchant for slicing and dicing East End ladies of the night...


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