In Review: Big Finish: Doctor Who: The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield Volume 05: Buried Memories

Bernice Summerfield is back in four new adventures with a Time Lord you could bring home to meet your universe.

Synopsis: Bernice Summerfield is back in four new adventures with a Time Lord you could bring home to meet your universe.

Review: Last year, Big Finish and The Time Ladies Podcast co-sponsored a contest to find new writers. That contest produced Doctor Who: The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield Volume 05: Buried Memories. Welcome to Big Finish April McCaffrey, Alyson Leeds, Lani Woodward, and Doris V Sutherland.

“Pride of the Lampian” by Alyson Leeds is a splendid exercise in deconstruction that would make Jorge Luis Borges proud. Archeology itself is taken apart and put back together in a remarkable character study.

“Clear History” by Doris V Sutherland is Tron meets The Matrix as an After School Special. That’s not a bad thing, as the central message is extremely timely.

“Dead and Breakfast” by April McCaffrey starts out as the set up for a sit-com and develops into something much more gothic and cerebral. Jacquelne King gives a poignant performance, demonstrating her range.

“Burrowed Time” by Lani Woodward is the most Hinchcliffean of the tales. It’s a bitter-sweet experience that’s a real showcase for The Unbound Doctor’s spiky compassion.

Lisa Bowerman and David Warner are sheer perfection together. Their chemistry is so natural that it’s easy to forget Benny wasn’t always this Doctor’s companion.

Cast:

Lisa Bowerman (Bernice Summerfield), David Warner (The Doctor), Zaraah Abrahams (Daphne), Laura Aikman (Young Anita), Heider Ali (Lloyd), Vikash Bhai (Gariff), Julia Deakin (Old Anita), Sam Hallion (Rylan), Jessica Hayles (Drolla), Jacquelne King (Flor), Richard Lumsden (Professor Landren), Gavin Swift (The Administrator), Josie White (Zeta)

Production Credits

Script Editor Simon Guerrier, Scott Handcock, Una McCormack, Guy Adams

Written by April McCaffrey, Alyson Leeds, Lani Woodward, Doris V Sutherland

Cover Artist Tom Newsom

Director Scott Handcock

Executive Producer Jason Haigh-Ellery, Nicholas Briggs

Music Steve Foxon

Producer James Goss

Sound Design Steve Foxon

9.5
Big Finish: Doctor Who: The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield Volume 05: Buried Memories
  • Story
    8.5
  • Performances
    10
  • Audio Production
    10

Raissa Devereux became a life-long genre fan at the age of four when she first saw The Wizard of Oz at a screening at Arizona State University. Years later, she graduated from A.S.U. as an English major, History minor, Whovian, and Trekkie. Now a Florida transplant, she loves the opportunity Sci-Fi Pulse has given her to further explore space travel, time travel, masked heroes, gothic castles, and good yarns.
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