The character of Professor Bernice Summerfield — a hard-drinking, wise-cracking archaeologist — originally appeared as a companion to the Doctor in the 1992 New Adventure novel Love and War by Paul Cornell. Bernice (Benny to her friends) proved an immediate hit with fans, and went on to appear in over 60 subsequent New Adventures, eventually becoming the star of the books after Virgin lost the rights to publish Doctor Who fiction in 1997.
|Bernice Summerfield novels
Eventually, declining sales led Virgin to stop publishing the New Adventures in late 1999, but all was not lost for Bernice fans. Big Finish, producers of the BBC-licenced New Audio Adventures resurrected her to star in her own series of books from late 2000 onwards. The books were split roughly equally between full-length novels (listed on this page) and collections of short stories (listed separately).
Bernice is also currently starring in her own range of Big Finish audio dramas. For more information on these continuing series, visit the official Big Finish website at www.bigfinish.com.
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