Big Finish loves Bernice Summerfield and so do we. So it is great to hear there is still more of our favourite professors in Time and Space. Not including the other one, of course.
First up is an audiobook read by Lisa Bowerman, herself – Bernice Summerfield and the Squire’s Crystal. Fan-favourite, Jacqueline Rayner penned this body-swapping adventure that was originally released in April 2001 and now you can download an unabridged reading from Big Finish.
Legend tells of an evil sorceress who used the power of magical crystals to transfer her mind into the bodies of others. Her reign of terror was long and bloody, and her final defeat the cause of great rejoicing. But that's just a legend. A story told to children. Isn’t? I mean, it’s ridiculous.
It couldn’t have really happened… could it?
Finding the last resting place of the Crystal Sorceress is an archaeological dream on a par with discovering the Holy Grail. So it’s hardly likely that someone will just offer the solution to Professor Bernice Summerfield on a plate. But sometimes the unlikely actually happens. And one thing that’s very, very unlikely is that Benny will suddenly find herself to be a member of the opposite gender…
Producer, Xanna Eve Chown said: “This is probably the most important story in the ‘How Benny started’ canon, because Benny’s mind ends up in a man’s body – and then Benny’s body is taken over by someone else – and that leads ultimately, of course, to the birth of her son, Peter!”
“It’s been so much fun recording all these original Benny stories with Lisa Bowerman, looking back on how it all began! And we got a bit silly with some of the extras… Sorry about that!”
Writer Jacqueline Rayner added: “Benny began in prose, and it’s fun to write for her in that
medium. But these days, it feels like there’s something missing if Lisa Bowerman’s not bringing her to life. So it’s just fabulous to hear her saying these words after so many years.”
And if you’d like to colour your way into an adventuree there is a new colouring book – Benny In Wonderland that features over 50 pages of patterns and pictures all alongside a brand-new Bernice Summerfield adventure. The colouring book features a forward by Benny’s creator, Paul Cornell and an afterword by Lisa Bowerman.
Benny In Wonderland – A Colouring Book is available as a paperback edition, to order from the Big Finish website, at the discounted price of £10.99 (RRP £12.99).
BERNICE SUMMERFIELD AND THE SQUIRE’S CRYSTAL
Duration: 696 minutes
Released: 03 October 2019, exclusively from the Big Finish website. (Digital ONLY)
Narrator: Lisa Bowerman
Producer: Xanna Eve Chown
Written by: Jacqueline Rayner
Range Producer: James Goss
Executive Producers: Nicholas Briggs, Jason Haigh-Ellery
BENNY IN WONDERLAND – A COLOURING BOOK
Released: 03 October 2019, exclusively from the Big Finish website.
Print length: 66 pages
Words: Xanna Eve Chown
Pictures: Fraser Geesin
Production Editor: Xanna Eve Chown
Managing Editor: Jason Haigh-Ellery
Bernice Summerfield Producer for Big Finish: James Goss
Executive Producers for Big Finish: Nicholas Briggs and Jason Haigh-Ellery