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Bernice Surprise "Benny" Summerfield was a late 26th century and early 27th century archaeologist, a companion of the Seventh and Eighth Doctors and an associate of Irving Braxiatel.

An adventurer in her own right before and after her years in the TARDIS, Bernice was destined to make choices that would decide the fate of the universe and to be worshipped in some cultures as a minor goddess of inebriation.

Biography Edit

Early life Edit

Dating Bernice's early life is difficult. Some dates given for her birth would place it a century too early for her to have lived through her formative events (PROSE: Falls the Shadow) and others would mean that she was only three years old when she was depicted as being seven. (PROSE: Return of the Living Dad) These discrepancies were due to Irving Braxiatel meddling with her timeline. (AUDIO: The Wake, et al.)

Birth and childhood Edit

Bernice Surprise Summerfield, the only child of Claire and Isaac Summerfield, was born on the Earth colony Beta Caprisis on 21 June 2540. (AUDIO: Just War)

A child of the Second Dalek War (PROSE: Love and War), Benny moved from school to school too often to settle in anywhere. She appeared to have acquired a reputation as a disciplinary problem at an early age. It was at a boarding school on Mal Oreille that she had her first recorded adventure; she discovered the Matron was a giant toad feeding on the pupils. She was duly expelled. (PROSE: Biology Lesson on Mal Oreille)

By the time she was seven, (PROSE: Return of the Living Dad) Bernice and her parents were living in the town of Vandor Prime on the planet Beta Caprisis. Despite her father's time-consuming job as an admiral in Spacefleet in wartime, she saw him regularly. He filled her head with pearls of military wisdom, (PROSE: The Evacuation of Bernice Summerfield Considered as a Short Film by Terry Gilliam) took her fishing and read her fairy stories. (PROSE: The Pit) Bernice had already begun to keep a diary — she continued to keep diaries her entire life. She evinced some interest in archaeology by this point: she sent off for a badge that read "I Dig Archaeology". (PROSE: Oh No It Isn't!)

Bernice later recalled waving goodbye to her father's battleship, (PROSE: Shadowmind) the Tisiphone, as it departed to fight the Daleks near Bellatrix. (PROSE: Return of the Living Dad) The ship went missing and Bernice's father was thought dead. (PROSE: Love and War) Worse, the reports of the Tisiphone's final minutes made it appear it had fled the battle. Admiral Summerfield was deemed a deserter. Benny never gave up hope she would discover what had become of her father; the search for him was one reason for her early wanderings around the galaxy.

Within six months of Admiral Summerfield's disappearance (PROSE: The Evacuation of Bernice Summerfield Considered as a Short Film by Terry Gilliam) and some time after Benny's eighth birthday, (AUDIO: The Extinction Event) the Daleks attacked Beta Caprisis. In the havoc of the attack, Claire got Bernice to the safety of a shelter — but was exterminated by a Dalek ray while trying to retrieve her daughter's favourite doll. (PROSE: Love and War, Return of the Living Dad) This was how Bernice recalled it. (PROSE: Lucifer Rising)

With the other survivors, Bernice was evacuated to a space station aboard the Star of Lucknow and, now an orphan, to foster care. (PROSE: The Evacuation of Bernice Summerfield Considered as a Short Film by Terry Gilliam)

Teenage life and young adulthood Edit

She declined the hospitality of her foster parents by running away; (PROSE: Parasite) by thirteen (PROSE: The Tunnels to Heaven) she found herself in a Spacefleet military academy. (PROSE: Love and War) She showed aptitude for soldiering, but treated the whole ethos with disdain. She was considered for Section Leader among the cadets, but her disciplinary record prohibited this. (PROSE: The Tunnels to Heaven) She was involved with extracurriculars in her time at the Academy; she was one of its better tennis players, (PROSE: Thirty Love) and she sang in its production of Carousel. (PROSE: No Future)

By sixteen, Bernice had run away from the Academy and was living in the nearby woods. She had become a guru to the girls who came to her for advice. (PROSE: Love and War) It was they who first gave her the nickname "Professor". (PROSE: Blood Harvest) Benny was not alone in the woods; fellow student runaway Simon Kyle had built a shelter for his illicitly reconstituted Galapagos tortoises. He became her first lover, but betrayed her to the Academy when they were discovered by a patrol. (PROSE: Love and War, Return of the Living Dad)

At some point after, possibly immediately afterwards, as she later recalled being the youngest private in the corps, (PROSE: Dry Pilgrimage) Benny left the Academy and was conscripted into Spacefleet. There was, at this point, a draft. (PROSE: Oh No It Isn't!) She deserted in an escape pod from a troop ship en route to the planet Capella.

Not quite twenty-two, Bernice faked her archaeological qualifications and bluffed her way onto digs. She doctored her passport with the notation TMF (Too Mad to Fight) to avoid the draft. (PROSE: Beyond the Sun, PROSE: Genius Loci) She was exposed as a fraud by the leader of a dig on the planet Jaiwan, but was offered genuine academic credentials (an MA in archaeology) in exchange for her help on the dig. (PROSE: Genius Loci) On one dig in her early career, she learned there was only a subtle difference between a knife used for cutting and a spear or hunting knife. (PROSE: Just War)

By twenty-three, Benny had woken up in prison several times. (PROSE: Charged)

At around age twenty-four, two years after her escape from Spacefleet, Benny spent some time wandering the galaxy with her friend Louise. (PROSE: Benny and Louise)

Still aged twenty-four, presumably, not long after parting ways with Louise, Benny excavated a Martian site, Mare Sirenum. This dig established her reputation as an archaeologist and formed the basis for her bestselling book Down Among the Dead Men. (PROSE: The Dead Men Diaries)

Travelling with the Doctor Edit

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First adventures Edit

Benny celebrated her thirtieth birthday on the planet Heaven. While there, she worked with a team of archaeologists unearthing a Heavenite arch.

Benny met Ace, who Benny learnt could travel in time. Beneath the arch, Benny's student, Clive Aubrey, discovered a passageway leading to a door. With the help of the Seventh Doctor, with whom Ace travelled in time and space, Benny opened the way, discovering a Heavenite observatory that could detect Hoothi spheres. By making psychic contact with Benny's mind, the Doctor tricked the Hoothi into assuming they infected Benny when they hadn't, saving her life. Ace's new love, Jan Rydd, sacrificed himself by igniting the sphere that was over Heaven with his pyrokinesis, saving the people on Heaven and billions of others.

Ace was upset with the Doctor for allowing Jan to die and left in disgust. Benny agreed to travel in time and space with the Doctor — but only after he had promised not to play games with her life. (PROSE: Love and War, AUDIO: Love and War)

Leaving Ace on Heaven, the Doctor took Bernice to the Solar system in 2109, her past. They met Kadiatu Lethbridge-Stewart, a descendant of the Doctor's long-time associate the Brigadier, and stopped the destruction of the Sol Transit System by "Fred", the ruler of another dimension. (PROSE: Transit)

The Doctor tried to track down a space-time anomaly known as a Fortean Flicker, leading the pair to Hogsumm in 2680. They encountered the war-like Chelonians, a train car full of humans from 1993 and a group of 22nd century teenagers on their way to a concert, all having been transported there by the Flicker. Sheldukher, the most wanted criminal in the galaxy during Benny's time, also came to the planet believing it to be the mythical Sakkrat. Bernice nearly had her brain melted by the teenagers' Bubbleshake, a highly addictive soft drink. (PROSE: The Highest Science, AUDIO: The Highest Science)

In the Althosian system, the Doctor and Benny prevented the Yssgaroth from breaking through into our universe. (PROSE: The Pit)

Ace rejoins Edit

Benny and the Doctor returned to the 26th century, arriving three years after they left, and reunited with Ace, who had become battle-hardened fighting with Spacefleet in the Second Dalek War. After putting a stop to the Spinward Corporation's experiments on their colony Arcadia with the help of a clone of Abslom Daak, Ace rejoined the TARDIS crew. (PROSE: Deceit)

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Bernice examines the strange wildlife inside Moloch. (PROSE: Lucifer Rising)

The three travellers visited Project Eden in the Lucifer system in 2157. After the death of Paula Engado, the Adjudicator Bishop arrived to investigate. Before the culprit was found, two more people were killed as well. The Doctor figured out the killer was Piper O'Rourke, who was acting as a spy for the Interplanetary Mining Corporation. IMC tried to take over the system to mine Lucifer, but the Angels who inhabited the gas giant closed off the system. (PROSE: Lucifer Rising)

In 1915 Haiti, the Doctor, Benny and Ace stopped Gilles Lemaitre from unleashing one of the Great Old One. (PROSE: White Darkness)

After this, the Doctor wanted to take Ace somewhere special for her birthday, and they arrived in New Byzantium in 2673. They defeated Umbra, which had been trying to take over the human colonies Arden and Tairngaire. (PROSE: Shadowmind)

While the Doctor fought the Cybermen in 2006 with Ruby Duvall, (PROSE: Iceberg) Bernice and Ace were stranded in 1909 and 22000 respectively. Benny befriended Mikhail Popov and Margaret Waterfield and prevented the Charrl from using the Time Vector Generator to breach the Great Divide and conquer Earth. (PROSE: Birthright)

Alternate universes Edit

After entering an alternate universe in which the Third Doctor had died and the Silurians had taken over Earth, the Doctor's TARDIS was lost in a tar pit. Bernice stowed away aboard a nuclear submarine to try to prevent the humans from wiping out the Silurians. In the end, the Doctor destroyed the alternate universe because it was draining energy from the main universe, and the three continued travelling in his alternate self's TARDIS. (PROSE: Blood Heat)

While Ace and the Doctor confronted the Garvond on Space Station Q4 in 2381, Benny befriended Professor James Rafferty and faced "the President", a renegade Time Lord, and his android assassin Amanda in Oxford, 1993. (PROSE: The Dimension Riders)

On holiday in Switzerland in 2030, the trio received a message from Cristián Alvarez. They encountered him out-of-order in Mexico City 1994 and London in 1968 and 1980 while fighting the Aztec god Huitzilin. (PROSE: The Left-Handed Hummingbird)

Benny, Ace, and the Doctor next landed in the idyllic village of Arandale, but they eventually realised that it was in fact the Land of Fiction, now being run by a teenage boy named Jason. (PROSE: Conundrum)

To figure out once and for all who had been messing with time, the Doctor took his companions to London 1976, where Bernice joined the punk band Plasticine to find out more about Danny Pain. The Doctor uncovered a plot by Mortimus to take over the Earth using a Chronovore name Artemis and the Vardans. (PROSE: No Future)

In Empire City on the planet Olleril, the three time travellers arrived during the Tragedy Day celebrations, and discovered that the society was being controlled by the cult of Luminus, led by a young boy named Crispin. (PROSE: Tragedy Day)

Next, they visited Peladon in 3985, fifty years after the Doctor's last visit in his third incarnation. Benny decided to take a break from the TARDIS, joining an archaeological expedition to Phaester Osiris with the Martian Rhukk. (PROSE: Legacy) Bernice spent three months in that time period. After Osiris, she visited for the first time the Braxiatel Collection, where she met Irving Braxiatel. She joined another expedition, this time to the ruins of the Pentillanian Theatre on Menaxus. There, she met up again with the Doctor and Ace. Benny figured out that all of the ruins had been planted by Braxiatel as part of an elaborate plan to protect the collection. (PROSE: Theatre of War)

After an adventure with two gentlemen in the 1880s, Benny received a book detailing it, called All-Consuming Fire and written by Arthur Conan Doyle. The names of the two men had been changed to "Sherlock Holmes" and "John Watson". She found the book to be in many ways inaccurate. (PROSE: All-Consuming Fire)

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The Doctor, Ace, and Bernice arrive at the Pinehill Crest Hotel. (AUDIO: The Shadow of the Scourge)

The Doctor, Benny and Ace visited the Pinehill Crest Hotel in 2003. As part of this she investigated Annie Carpenter and her channelling Ohm. She saw her transform into a Scourge. Benny went inside the Doctor's mind and saw his past incarnations. She tried to help him fight the Scourge in his mind. After the Doctor, Benny and Ace regrouped and changed the matter of the dimension, she used her memories of sleeping with the people she loved an tea and scones to defeat the Scourge. (AUDIO: The Shadow of the Scourge) Some time afterwards Benny decided to stay on Orbos to take part in an archaeological dig and wanted to see her old friend Victor Farrison as he wanted to see her. As Victor didn't arrive she spent her time collecting trash. She later saw black fire which she later realised were related to the Cult of the Dark Flame. Slyde pushed Benny into the waste disposal unit. The disposal unit placed on Marran Alpha where she met Victor and saw Slyde use Remnex's body to resurrect Vilus Krull. She was later touched by the Dark Flame became possessed by it. Vilus later wanted to inhabit Benny' body. She was forced to start the black light explosion and her hand was aged. After Ace and the Doctor stopped the explosion her hand was rejuvenated and she left with them. (AUDIO: The Dark Flame)

After Ace had left again, The Doctor and Benny visited the planet Shanquis where she attended an archaeology conference whilst the Doctor was organising a piece treaty. At the conference she was told about an old forbidden language that had been given occult status because it could cause magic like situations. On investigating she discovered that it was a crime for anyone to have knowledge of or artefacts containing this forbidden language. After the Doctor was kidnapped she uncovered after looking for him that the language was English and the magic came from a terraforming machine which would give react to any command it heard. (AUDIO: Bernice Summerfield and the Criminal Code)

Marriage and divorce Edit

Towards the end of Benny's travels with the Doctor, she met her future husband, Jason Kane. The two sparred and their relationship continued to be antagonistic until Shug, a mutual acquaintance, pointed out they had fallen in love. According to Shug, Jason's bad childhood made him equate love with violence; he sought only sexual encounters with no emotional involvement. Benny, on the other hand, had given her absent father god-like attributes to which no one could measure up; she manoeuvred men into betraying her, re-enacting her father's perceived betrayal. They fell in love because they were both trying to sabotage their relationship. (PROSE: Death and Diplomacy)

Benny married Jason in the village of Cheldon Bonniface, England, on 24 April 2010. The wedding was attended by a host of guests from all space and time. (PROSE: Happy Endings)

Not long after, Benny finally found her father, who had been pulled backwards through time. He was running a bookshop/coffee shop/safe house for aliens and the temporally stranded, in Little Caldwell, England, in 1983. (PROSE: Return of the Living Dad) She believed herself about thirty-five at this time. Shortly after the adventure with her father — which interrupted her research for her dissertation — she completed her doctorate in archaeology.

A rift soon developed between Benny and Jason and they divorced. (PROSE: Eternity Weeps)

The St Oscar's years Edit

Shortly after her divorce, Bernice received an invitation to take up the Edward Watkinson Chair of Archaeology at St. Oscar's University on the planet Dellah at a time some years in her own future (2593). She accepted, and was taken to Dellah by the Eighth Doctor. He also gave her Wolsey. By this point, the Doctor stated she was his longest-serving companion. (PROSE: The Dying Days)

Benny lived in the Garland College of Residence, where she served as Rector. (PROSE: Oh No It Isn't!)

Whilst at St Oscar's, she met Irving Braxiatel, who was then head of St Oscar's theatre department. This meeting was their first from Braxiatel's perspective, but subsequent to their earlier encounters from Bernice's. (PROSE: Dragons' Wrath)

Following the evacuation of Dellah (2595) during its occupation by the All-High Gods, Bernice learned she was dying of an incurable condition. (PROSE: Tears of the Oracle) She was, however, cured (PROSE: Return to the Fractured Planet) and instrumental in the destruction of the gods. (PROSE: Twilight of the Gods)

The Braxiatel Collection years Edit

Following Dellah's destruction/removal from normal space, Irving Braxiatel asked for her to come to the Braxiatel Collection. (PROSE: Twilight of the Gods) She became the newly formed Collection's staff archaeologist; she took up her post as the year 2600 dawned, when she was still in her thirties (she had regressed in age at one point in her travels). It was as part of her duties on the Collectionn, during an expedition to located the Doomsday Manuscript, she first encountered the Fifth Axis (PROSE: The Doomsday Manuscript) She the decided to go on holiday on Chosen whilst there was a civil war. Her yacht was destroyed by one of the sides but was rescued by Damien Colley. Here she discovered a plan to use a Sheen as a bomb by Hannah Brennan to destroy her opponents continent. She discovered the Sheen became a human bomb in order to destroy Callabraxia. (AUDIO: The Secret of Cassandra) Her next mission was to discover a temple on the planet Venedel, as it contained an item which would allow her to find Jason. (PROSE: The Gods of the Underworld)

Motherhood Edit

Travelling to Hera she explored a cave which contained the mind of Avril Fenman. Avril stole Benny's body and began to abuse it. Avril then seduced seduced Killoran Adrian Wall, an act which resulted in Benny falling pregnant. (PROSE: The Squire's Crystal) This event caused some friction between Adrian and Benny when they had to go to Rhinvil to discover what had happened to his crew on the planet. She discovered that Bratheen Traloor had an obsession with Benny and programmed his house with her memories. The House became jealous when Benny came to the house and tried to kill her. (AUDIO: The Stone's Lament) Irving Braxiatel took her to Palastrid in order for her to validate the authenticity of a Halstad Harp. In investigating she helped to uncover the truth behind the destruction of Halstad by the Gulfrarg. (AUDIO: The Extinction Event) She travelled to Station Control after being asked to find out what had happened to Rupert Alouicious Barnstable Gilhooly ship. There she found Json Kane and brought him back to her universe She also discovered that she was Pregnant. (PROSE: The Infernal Nexus) Five months into her pregnancy she went to Karthos to help her to investigate a mysterious ruin on the planet, which shouldn't exist according to Caitlin Peters. When she travelled to the planet she discovered that Caitlin had disappeared and she went to the ruin to discover that the ruins were created by an ancient civilisation to protect the planet. (AUDIO: The Skymines of Karthos) Nearing the end of her pregnancy she went of a trip but her ship was attacked. She crashed on the planet Deirbhile and was imprisoned by the Fifth Axis. She became of the focus of a cult in the prison because of the unusual circumstances of the conception. She eventually gave birth whilst in prison, to a boy Peter Summerfield, who was half-human half-Killoran. He was born via c-section, since he was too large to be delivered normally. (PROSE: The Glass Prison)

She once decided to go on an dig because it was on the Gigamarket parking lot. she wanted to go and buy loads of shoes. When there she discovered that the Gigamarket was selling humans to the Borvali. She experienced time shifts which almost destroyed the shop. (AUDIO: The Greatest Shop in the Galaxy) Benny was adamant that she raise her son by herself as a single mother, despite Jason and Adrian each wanting to play a role. She let them look after him when she went to Goronos(AUDIO: The Green-Eyed Monsters) She later softened her stance, though, and both men were involved in Peter's upbringing.

Benny once landed on Artaris to avoid a space fleet. She met Iris Wildthyme there. Benny thought that Iris might have been a Fifth Axis agent. She was noticed as being an outsider and was to be trailed as such. She helped Iris to find out the truth behind the plague that haunted Excelis. (AUDIO: The Plague Herds of Excelis)

Iris smuggled Benny on board the space liner the Empress while Iris continued on her own, telling Benny to act like she owned the place and she'd get home. The partner-in-crime of the thief, Karter, hacked into the Empress' systems to put Karter on the staff. The partner intended to set off a small explosion to damage just one floor and quickly steal from them, but mistimed the explosives and damaged the entire hull. While trying to steal the jewels of two dead Kolgarian delegates, Asnarbi and Musjarna, the jewels shattered and emitted a gas that brought the memories and emotions of Asnarbi and Musjarna into Benny and the Ice Warrior Grand Marshall Sstac of New Mars.

While trying to save themselves from the collapsing ship, the memories of the dead Kolgarians and their quarrelling surfaced in Benny and Sstac. Meanwhile, General Azzar, deciding that the explosion was the result of Queen Bastrovan's retaliation against the Empress, set the ship on a collision course for Ronos Minor, faking a distress call so that armies could start a war against her. Azzar electrocuted herself on the flight controls, while Karter, after being discovered, escaped in the last shuttle. With little oxygen left, the last traces of Asnarbi and Musjarna left Benny and Sstac's minds while they clung to life. A group of Ice Warriors, answering Azzar's distress call, rescued the survivors on the ship. Benny wrote to Sstac that she would visit the delgates' next of kin on Kolgar and invited him to come along. (AUDIO: The Dance of the Dead)

She travelled with Jason, Adrian and Brax through the mirror that was in the Braxiatel collection. She wanted to explore the base to find Brax and Adrian when they went missing. She found Carnivel in the base, she said she knew Benny. She discovered that the mirror projected the dark side of the looker. She discovered that there was a creature in the mirror, a creature that wanted to be born after it saw the memories of Peter's birth. The creature then wanted Benny to give birth to it. Adrian's love for her managed to break through the creatures hold on her and she managed to escape. (AUDIO: The Mirror Effect)

She was asked by Braxiatel to help Patrick Quilby track the source of higher technology on Bellotron. On her way to the planet she was attacked by a Rutan Host and was copied. (AUDIO: The Bellotron Incident) She was then invited to Draconia by Lord Paranash. She was asked because of her adventure with the Doctor on Marran Alpha, because it led to her becoming in contact with Vilus Krull and the Cult of the Dark Flame. She had her skull drilled into in order to release the essence of Vilus' mind, and then to assassinate Emperor Shenn. (AUDIO: The Draconian Rage) The Earth Reptile Council asked Benny to look for a terrorist wanting to disrupt the Sea Devil colony on Chosan. She met her old friend Nedda and discovered that there was more of a problem than terrorism, the water contained a protein that changed the minds of the Sea Devils making them become more violent. Whilst she was offworld the collection was invaded by the Fifth Axis. (AUDIO: The Poison Seas) She was part of the resistance against the Fifth Axis (PROSE: Life During Wartime) On one resistance task she found out that the Fifth Axis was using her father as a tactician. She found out that her father was based on Heaven, and planned an archaeological dig there to find him. She discovered that the Daleks were on Heaven and behind the Fifth Axis. Arriving back at the collection in time for the liberation, she made the ultimate decision to destroy the Fifth Axis for all the terrible crimes they had committed. (AUDIO: Death and the Daleks)

She was asked by Lynton Jellis to explore some ruins found at a prospective mine on Tysir IV, because if it showed signs of recent indigenous life the colony would be declared illegal. She was tricked into entering the site which was a Cyberman base, so that Lynton could get a plague for a group of separatives. She had to work with a Cyberman in order to get out of the base before it was destroyed. (AUDIO: Silver Lining) On one occasion when Jason was looking after Peter, she noticed that Pete had got hold of the time rings. He activated them and took her first to the Festival of Piranha, then to Ancient Egypt and finally to Australia. When the time rings overloaded they gave Benny a glimpse of Peter's violent future. (AUDIO: The Grel Escape) She was sent by the Perloran government to obtain the Wishing Bone of Perlor in return for Galyari weapons they obtained during a civil war. When she visited The Clutch, she met with the star gypsy Mordecan to find out what he did with the bone. She discovered that they had used the bone to create Greeko, but in encountering him his conditioning failed due to her latent psychic abilities, and he became wreckless. She failed to get the bone back a it was destroyed when Greeko was killed. (AUDIO: The Bone of Contention) She was shot down by Elise Kalwell when she travelled to Jegg-Sau to find some valuable artefacts for Brax. Whilst there she found an obsolete Robot K103, which was one of the treasures. She found it weird that Elise and Ethan Kalwell wouldn't eat fresh meat and thought they were mad. She discovered that the Robot had created duplicates of the real Elise and Ethan which were then removed their reasons for them to leave the planet. She found out that he based the duplicates mind settings on a porn simulation. (AUDIO: The Relics of Jegg-Sau) She had became trapped in the Spinster's Prison. She helped The Spinster to discover a murderer at the Queen of Spring. She later met The Player and thought him to be annoying as he insulted her. She later became the Queen of Spring. To escape the play she had have a verbal sparing match which unsettled the play structure. This was all an effect of virus located on an artefact Benny had found. (AUDIO: The Masquerade of Death)

One Christmas she was sent to Marlowe's World to discover why a Pulsar was heading towards the Braxiatel Collection. The Pulsar was beaming the coordinates of Marlowe's world in Morse code. Whilst there she was constantly being shot at in different circumstances, or seeing people in that state, such as Topsy Turvé almost being crushed by a piano. She was the chased around the city. She discovered that she was being manipulated by the Eternals Barron and Raymond Hardy in order for one of them to win Enlightenment. (AUDIO: The Heart's Desire) She was investigating Halyvon artefacts when she heard 26's voice in her head. She then travelled to find her. Arriving on the planet she soon discovered the 26's masters, the Monoids. The Monoids believed Benny to be one of their slave and planned to remove her tongue as she had eyes, ears and speech, she managed to fool them into believing she was deaf. One of the artefacts she found allowed her to telepathically speak with other people who wear the necklace. She was disturbed that when the Halyvon regained their telepathic abilities they removed the Monoids power of speech. (AUDIO: The Kingdom of the Blind) Markwood invited her and Jason to search through the damage of the Trib Museum during the civil war. She had help from Enil though she wasn't to helpful as Jason's translator wasn't working properly. She discovered a torture chamber in the museum used by the military to conduct experiments on the locals. When a local stole Benny's note she ran after him in just a bath towel. She lost her arm when a building fell on her. After the war was over she was happy people were handing things back to the museum. (AUDIO: The Lost Museum) She had to chase after Clarissa Jones when she decided to kidnap Peter. (PROSE: Parallel Lives) Parasiel asked Benny to tell him about the recent circumstances with Clarissa and Braxiatel. She decided to tell him about her recent visit to Etheria to discover the lost tomb of Aldébrath with her friend Keri. The tomb was said to be there by a bunch of monks and one of them helped on her expedition. The ship she was on crashed and she was told by Keri that it was going to explode. She discovered that Keri was lying to her to get good ratings by putting Benny in danger. On entering a crashed ship, she discovered it to be the lost tomb and that Aldébrath was a women. Returning to the monk she realised that the monk weren't worshipping a god, but were supposed to be worshipping the Goddess of Love and Peace, the same one she whose name she took in vain. (AUDIO: The Goddess Quandary) Jason told Benny that he and Brax were going to see the Galyari production of Macbeth on Berkoff IV, she didn't believe them and followed into the ship. She discovered that they were going to Cantus on the tip-off of Thesanius. When the explored Cantus they discovered a Cyberman tomb. On entering a conversion chamber she became disgusted when she found out that infants were converted into Cybermats, and ran all the way back to the Collection. She returned to Cantus just after Jason was converted into a partial Cyberman with the power of the Gallifreyan Crystal byt Benny managed to stop it fully taken hold. She used the crystak to overload the Cyberman logic circuits and defeated them. (AUDIO: The Crystal of Cantus)

She went missing after an archaeological dig, and the CroSSScape had information on her. She was taken to be tortured by placing her in a reality where she experienced old memories. The CroSSScape wanted to convert her to be like him. NI/cian 137 helped her to escape. She was eventually converted so that their god could be placed in her mind. (AUDIO:The Tartarus Gate) Benny then went to the Labyrinth of Kerykeion in order to buy some books, as it was the largest repository of human books outside Earth, on behalf of Bev Tarrant. On her journey there she met Samuel Wolfe and his daughter, Jean, who she found out that had bought the Labyrinth. On staying there, she discovered that there was a murdering robot in the building who killed Samuel. She also found out that the Labyrinth was awash with time loops and paradoxes, which she utilises to save Jean. (AUDIO: Timeless Passages) Jason asked her to investigate a murder on the Drome which was caused by a fake highwayman. She managed to get an all-access pass around the Drome which made Jane Peters. On one set she saw how the Drome was making things seem real like making an unplugged cable live. She proposed that something like cabin fever was happening on the station. The computer was imposing control on the humans, and Benny asked the computer to start treating the humans like things and not plot devises. When this didn't work she decided that only singing a happy song would overthrow the malicious conditioning. (AUDIO: The Worst Thing in the World) She got slightly annoyed at Jason promiscuity after Doggles tried to have sex with her. This happened when there was a sex virus running through the collection, and Jason was off the collection. (AUDIO: Summer of Love) Bev sent her to find the Oracle of Delphi in order to find out about the future of the collection. She met Socrates and was delighted to see him. She found out that Megaira had found a stone which contained the essence of Braxiatel which gave her the power of prophecy and how she used that to empower Jason to do her dirty work. (AUDIO: The Oracle of Delphi) Finding out the stone was called the stone of barter, she knew where it was in her own time and went to The Empire State to find it. It was a ruin but when she got there she found herself in a bustling metropolis, and that she had gain a power to fix things. She discovered that she gained her powers from the stone who stole them from Maggie Matsumoto. She discovered that the stone contained Braxiatel. (AUDIO: The Empire State)

With the Braxiatel Collection under a Mim blockade, Benny and Maggie had to run it in the pretence of bringing Braxiatel to be buried on the collection. She tried to stop herself from telling Maggie about the things Braxiatel did. She also knew of the Deselby Matango Effect and what it did to the humans. She was annoyed when Maggie became the anchorite for the ship. (AUDIO: The Tub Full of Cats) She wasn't comfortable with Bev invited Kothar the Draconian ambassador. She later helped to find a way to remove and Draconian Gauntlet from Bev's left hand. (AUDIO: The Judas Gift) During the Draconian occupation, she hid in the bowels of the collection and taught Draconian's archaeology. Kothar started to hear her voice when searching for her. She wanted to hide as she thought it was the best thing to do. (AUDIO: Freedom of Information) A clone of Bernice was created as part of a plot to take over the Earth government, and was sent to kill her, but thanks to Bernice herself and Kadiatu Lethbridge-Stewart, the clone was able to overcome her programming and gain independence. She was eventually elected President of Earth. (AUDIO: The Final Amendment) She was agitated after the death of Jason, and suspected that Braxiatel was involved manipulating Peter to do it. She started to teach the students again, and during one of her classes there was a fake invasion. Doggles took her out to dinner and then attempted to raped her. Hass told her that he was behind the Mim's destruction. With Adrian's and Bev's help she escaped the collection with Peter. (AUDIO: The Wake)

The freelance years Edit

After Jason's death and the revelation that Braxiatel had manipulated events towards that end, Benny left the Braxiatel Collection permanently. (AUDIO: The Wake) With Peter, who, though still a child, was already stronger than all but the most augmented humans, in tow, Benny roamed the galaxy, chasing freelance jobs and searching for a place to settle down. She was asked by Kerry Lyle to film a PR video of a tour of Maximediras. Whilst there she found out the truth behind some mysterious artefacts that just turned up without being seen before. Peter and her heard people throwing themselves off the ship, and later saw them come back to life. (AUDIO: Beyond the Sea) She was worried when Peter went through time, and when she caught up with him, she told her about what was happening to the planet. (AUDIO: The Adolescence of Time) On her way back to her own time she was diverted to the 19th century by Straxus. She met up with Mycroft Holmes and investigated a set of murders which involved the number seven. In the course of their investigations she discovered a Cwejen called Septimus who was conducting the murders. (AUDIO: The Adventure od the Diogenes Damsel) She struggled to find steady work, possibly due to a galactic depression. When she came to obtain a job in a depository to catalogue the books in it, as well as to give unpublished books to it. She discovered book worm who ate the books and absorbed the books. To hide her involvement Myrtle Bunnage decided to kill the Book Worms and Bernice got caught in the Gas. (AUDIO: The Diet of Worms) She helped Bev and Adrian to raid Vingus Bank. (AUDIO: Glory Days) She got stuck serving burgers when Peter was sent on an expedition. She was extremely concerned about his wellbeing. (AUDIO: Absence) She went to Eros to obtain the royalties to Jason Kane's erotic novels. Whilst there she helped to stop a war. (AUDIO: Venus Mantrap) She was unaware that Braxiatel was spying on her. (AUDIO: Escaping the Future) She decided finally to contact her friends from the Collection after meeting Robyn and thwarting Braxiatel's plot to prevent the creation of a new alien species. (AUDIO: Secret Origins) Braxiatel lured her to Javarda and put her in stasis. (Webcast: Dead and Burried)

The identity of this species and the entire reason Irving Braxiatel had been so interested in Bernice in the first place was revealed when she stumbled upon Doggles' research facility on the moon. A new alien species with the potential to replace the Time Lords were to be created, and Bernice's DNA would be instrumental to these species. However, in a cock up, Hass prevented Bernice sacrificing herself, resulting in the formation of a more aggressive time-travelling species. (AUDIO: Resurrecting the Past)

When the Deindum declared war, Bernice joined the fight against the future aggressors. (PROSE: Present Danger) Peter and she travelled through time to discover a weakness in the Deindum and concluded she would require Braxiatel's help to defeat them. She finally confronted him on the death of Jason Kane. Although she was not satisfied by his reasons, she agreed to fight the Deindum together. They waged their own personal time war against the Deindum and in their victory she was lost in a dissipating nexus of causality, separated from her own time. (AUDIO: Escaping the Future)

The Epoch Edit

Benny found herself on a planet with no history beyond the last fifty years, where anything predating the date year zero was forbidden. (AUDIO: Year Zero) Her status as an archaeologist had her arrested and nearly executed. In captivity she discovered this was one of a small cluster of planets, all governed by the same entity, existing with the same rules, and that beyond them space was empty. She escaped, and after an encounter with "nothingness" (which threatened to destroy what little of space was left) she crossed space to the home planet of the system where she hoped to find out what happened in Year Zero. (AUDIO: Dead Man's Switch) Upon arrival, however, the planet renamed itself Atlantis, and the moment Bernice stepped out of the spaceport, she was caught up in the world re-writing itself and stranded in what appeared to be the lost, ancient city of Atlantis. She discovered that a lot of Atlantis' myths and legends were being made true, such as a Kraken attacking the city. After confronting the Queen about her actions he only friend was rewritten into forgetting her. (AUDIO: The Kraken's Lament) Benny later encountered Leonidas and Ruth who took her on an archaeological dig. She was surprised that there were no strata in the soil. To find the answer she went to the layer of the Great Leader who teased them with questions, though after this she managed to destroy it. (AUDIO: The Temple of Questions) Soon after this, the world started to rewrite itself and many people started to become hierophants, as well as thing from her time starting to appear. It was in a trading company building that was supposed to be the temple of Hermes, she started to see what was happening, as well as Jack's message. She believed that the Epoch was scared of her because she knew of the universe before year Zero. (AUDIO: Private Enemy No. 1) The Epoch split her and Ruth into three versions placed one in Victorian London, another in Jurassic Earth and one on their ship and made her choose which was the real version. She watched the demise of herself before Ruth shut the reality down. Her Victorian version met with Jack and discovered what he was doing. She choose the shutdown the version of reality with the Epoch spaceship to stop their manipulation, as they believed her to be a threat. After confronting the Epoch, she sealed herself in a stasis capsule in the hope of being reunited with her friends back in her own time. (AUDIO: Judgement Day)

Legion Edit

Bernice was released from the capsule to find a message left for her by Irving Braxiatel, claiming he was not the same man who she knew and that he had her son and they were both on Legion. She rejoined Ruth who had escaped the Epoch but still had no memory of her past life (AUDIO: Brand Management) and the two set out for Legion. As part of her trip, she went to Agora to find information of the location of Legion. In order to be allowed on the planet she had to pose as a nun and join a choir. There was a dig on the planet which contained the artefact which had the coordinates of Legion and she posed as an the Dendrochronologist Professor Hare to gain access to the dig. (AUDIO: Bad Habits) Benny and Ruth took a space taxi to Legion after they got thrown off a medical ship. On their way they crashed on Kaff Zarnak, when Doctor Carol Bauer and Yukon 9 forced them to land so they could got off the planet. When there Benny discovered that Doctor Jared Jones had accidentally released a virus that turned people into Sand Roaches. Upon arrival on Legion, she was reunited with Peter, Irving (who claimed he had never met her before) and also Jack. Bernice was heartbroken to discover Peter was now fully grown and made a living as a thug, and that he wanted nothing to do with her. Bernice found employment on Legion and set about putting her life back in order. (AUDIO: Paradise Frost)

Peter resented his mother being on Legion, through from time to time he used her expertise. Benny investigated the ship Vesuvius when it fell towards Legion. She managed to uncover the truth of an on board murder which occurred 5000 years ago. (AUDIO: Vesuvius Falling) She was hired to find a picture on Legion. At Triptic House she experienced visions of Dorian Gray's life when Jack performed a psychic experiment. Dorian then turned up to collect his picture. (AUDIO: Shades of Gray) Irving bought her a base of operations on Legion. There she almost died when the faulty plumbing caused the base to flood with hot water. (AUDIO: Everybody Loves Irving)

Benny was employed to find out what was causing a set of disappearances at a museum. Here she experienced as set of holograms, depicting areas of her life, from Dellah, to the Braxiatel Collection to Legion. With help from her former porter Joseph they wipe a virus from the systems and stop the disappearances. (AUDIO: Many Happy Returns)

After being a very expensive courier, she landed on Nemeqit she discovered the secret of its lost civilisation and two new planets. (AUDIO: A Handful of Dust) Peter then asked her to help him discover why Mortis Dock was deserted and found a healer there wanting to be released.(AUDIO: HMS Surprise) She then celebrated Advent Day with her family and met Peter's boyfriend, Antonio Tulloch, who everyone else thought didn't exist. It turned out that Avril Fenman was manipulating them, and wanting Peter back. After Fenman was killed by Peter the two became close. (AUDIO: The Curse of Fenman)

The Epoch returns Edit

Bernice finally managed to fulfil a childhood dream, appearing on Big Dig. There she discovered information about the lost civilisation of Saravas, but it was planted there by the Epoch. She managed to defeat them, but forgot who Jack and Ruth were. (AUDIO: Big Dig) Peter then asked her to accompany her on a job to Moros Prime. There she discovered the truth behind Willem van der Heever and his physician Krige. After a gas attack by Nexo, she forgot that she had a son. (AUDIO: The Revenant's Carnival) She left Legion with Irving Braxiatel after the bounty hunter, Pike Thornton wanted to arrest him for his otherself's crimes. He then disappeared apparently crashing into a meteor. (AUDIO: The Brimstone Kid) She later witnessed the fall of a civilisation of King Theon, who believed her to be a witch, but was later captured by the Epoch. (AUDIO: The Winning Side) The Epoch was removing Benny's friends from time as they believed that there were time disturbances around her. They finally decided to erase her from the continuity by thinking that she was an actor named Lisa Bowerman, who was playing Benny and a character called Emma Dunmop However, this conditioning eventually failed. Together with two alternate versions of herself, one from the Victorian England, and the other was a male version, Bernard Springmore, who was in control of the Epoch, when they fell into the Time Vortex, the Epoch's plans collapsed. She then planned to use the Epoch's technology to find her friends. (AUDIO: In Living Memory)

Reunited with the Doctor Edit

Bernice was called to Arviem 2 to help discover information about the indigenous population with Professor Ameilia Geller. She met with Renk Van Magnastein from whom she stole a hover bike and ship. Whilst she was there she met up with the Seventh Doctor, who gave her a message to find Ace. (AUDIO: The Revolution) Following Ace to Adolin, she met a man named Steven Day who helped her to search a cathedral. She found a set of Nitro-9 and a Dalek replicant of her deceased mother, Claire Summerfield, in an abandoned Dalek time ship. Claire gave Benny a message from Ace, but told her that she would die if Benny chose to use the ship to follow her. Knowing that she owed it to her friend, she sacrificed her chance to keep her "mother" alive and chose to pursue Ace to the place she had travelled using the ship. (AUDIO: Good Night, Sweet Ladies) Arriving on a "forbidden world", Benny located Ace but became trapped in a 24-hour time loop along with a small group of natives and visitors. Falling in love with a native named Klinus, she worked together with a scientist named Varna and a visitor to the planet, Vince Foster to break into the city and break the loop, avoiding the "ghosts" of the natives who were outside the loop. The group managed to use the energy discharge caused by the ghosts coming into contact with matter inside the loop to open the doors to the city, much to Ace's dismay, who revealed to Benny that planet was Skaro. (AUDIO: Random Ghosts) Because of the time-lock that Ace placed on the planet, Benny lived through stages of the Daleks time line from, the First Doctor's first visit there, to meeting the Dalek Emperor during and after the Dalek civil war, to the destruction of Skaro's sun. When the Doctor finally managed to materialise on the planet, he asked Benny to take the Omega device that Ace had used to create the time-lock. She created a time corridor which allowed a Dalek that had survived 4000 centuries to meet itself at the start and end of its life, because of the experiences that the older one had told his younger self it exterminated him and created a paradox, which ended the decaying time-lock. Benny then asked the Doctor to take her back to her family, but he asked her to stay for a while to keep the peace between him and Ace before he took her back to Gallifrey. (AUDIO: The Lights of Skaro)

Bernice met the Twelfth Doctor when investigating the Ancients of the Universe. (PROSE: Big Bang Generation)

It was during this time that she met Vienna Salvatori. (AUDIO: The Lady from Callisto Rhys) She went on an archaeological dig to Sisyphus IX. She found a wreck of a Gomagog ship after Iris Wildthyme flung it into the vortex and the comedian that Jenni Marcel reported on as missing. She found out that Quinn was helping the Gomagog. After defeating them she travelled to Mars to escape the explosion, encountering Vienna. She and Vienna then went to the Archive to return the Kronos Vad book Vienna had recovered. (AUDIO: The Phantom Wreck)

Whilst taking a fortnight off to attend her son's wedding, she found an ancient tablet, which told her to go to a Pyramid on Mars. At the pyramid, she found the Doctor in the middle of the tomb in a trance vowing to bring Sutekh's gift of death. She tried to escape the pyramid but Horus' guardians of truth and lies try to stop her. The guardian of lies took the voice of Jason Kane to try and trick her. She found the Osiran flesh loom and tried to disable it, but this action poisoned her. The Doctor managed to find a cure but promptly crumbled to dust. She was left stranded on Mars, until Ace turned up in the TARDIS. (AUDIO: The Pyramid of Sutekh) Ace told Benny that she had also seen the Doctor die on Earth in Sutekh's tomb. Ace took her back there and they discovered that the Eye of Horus was stolen. They managed to track it down with the help of Alozza to the bank manager Graull who wanted to use it to destroy Isis. Benny then helped Isis to escape her prison. After this she fell through time. (AUDIO: The Vaults of Osiris) She eventually landed in the time of Hatchepsut, where she met the Doctor who was trying to protect the Earth. She accidentally told Hatscheput about her legacy. Tutmosis had Benny and the Doctor locked in a tomb, where she wrote the tablet that lead her to Mars in the first place. She used her last breath to apologise to Peter. Ace saved her from death. (AUDIO: The Eye of Horus) When they landed in the 29th century, and Benny went off in search of survivors against the Doctor's advice. She discovered the Sutekh worshippers Susannah and Russell Courtland and their daughter Alyx. She couldn't convince Russell and Susannah to escape with her but Alyx came with her. The Doctor made her believe Sutekh had won in order to trick Sutekh into creating an Auroborus loop. (AUDIO: The Tears of Isis)

Meeting an Alternate Doctor Edit

During one of her lectures an alternate version of the Doctor came to take her, so he could anchor himself to her universe. She came with him to The Library. She tried to find a way to defend it when it came under attack, and eventually found out a way. She realised that there was something wrong with the Library when it had a book that knew everything about her. (AUDIO: The Library in the Body) She decided to go to Planet X. She discovered that she wasn't taken away to be processed because the people thought Archaeology was boring. She was later almost arrested with Millie for being emotional. She helped Millie to realise she was in love with a fellow student. (AUDIO: Planet X) She became furious at The Doctor when would stop the attack on Tramatz. She was the only one who could hear Admiral Effenish's ultimatum. Benny kept mentioning the Unicorns but Megatz told her to stop mentioning them. She later met a unicorn and had to have a chat with one. She was delighted that Megatz decided not to use the superweapon again. (AUDIO: The Very Dark Thing) She went exploring around the Emporium when she discovered that people could sell their memories in exchange for credits which could buy them a way out of the universe. The Master tried to persuade her to go through a portal back to her own universe in order to stabelise the portal, but in fact she discovered the he was converting everyone that went through the portal into energy so that he could escape the universe. (AUDIO: The Emporium at the End)

Death Edit

Different accounts were held of her death by the 46th century, confusing later archaeologists and making many of them believe her to be naught but a myth. A popular version was that she died in the catacombs of a cathedral on Vremnya on 31 October 2599. Even her tomb there was not valid evidence, though, as there were similar tombs both on Mars and in the Kalkravian asteroid belt. (PROSE: Paydirt)

Alternative timeline Edit

In an alternative timeline where the Epoch captured and repeatedly remapped her. She turned into a man who called himself Dr Bernard Springmoore and believed that he was in charge of the Epoch. (AUDIO: In Living Memory)

Personality Edit

Benny was intelligent and observant, with a well-deserved reputation for thinking on her feet. (PROSE: Ship of Fools) Her intellectual gifts had less to do with straightforward, logical intelligence (she did not enjoy logic puzzles) (PROSE: The Infernal Nexus) and more to do with seeing disparate parts of a problem and correctly inferring the connections between them — and therefore, the solution.

She tended to eschew the detached, purely analytical approach of academia (PROSE: Dragons' Wrath) in favour of reconstructing history from primary sources. Though she loved getting her hands dirty and the thrill of discovery, she appreciated creature comforts, particularly baths, and didn't particularly enjoy the tedious, day-to-day grind of archaeological fieldwork. (PROSE: The Dead Men Diaries, AUDIO: The Extinction Event)

Bernice's living quarters were perpetually disorganised. She had several organisers, but rarely used them except to reset her watch to the current local time. She was also habitually tardy (PROSE: Dragons' Wrath) and absent-minded, frequently mislaying her Braxiatel Collection identity card. (PROSE: The Dead Men Diaries)

Benny prided herself on her tolerance and open-mindedness. (PROSE: Dry Pilgrimage) Though her mother was Catholic, (PROSE: Love and War) Bernice was a lifelong atheist. (PROSE: Oh No It Isn't!, Dry Pilgrimage)

Benny viewed food derived from actual animals with a vague distaste, and was a vegetarian on most of her travels. (PROSE: Ship of Fools)

Bernice kept a diary from her childhood. (PROSE: Oh No It Isn't!) She wrote longhand in a notebook she kept with her at all times — if she forgot, she would try to go back for it. (PROSE: Falls the Shadow) Benny frequently "corrected" diary entries with sticky notes, correcting fluid, or crossing out the old entry after it was written. (PROSE: Human Nature) She published at least one compilation of her diary entries. (PROSE: The Doomsday Manuscript)

Academic career Edit

Benny was an expert in Martian language and culture, particularly that of the Ice Warriors. It was her excavation of a Martian site at age twenty-four that cemented her reputation as an archaeologist. (PROSE: The Dying Days, Transit, Legacy, AUDIO: Benny's Story) She was also an expert on 20th century Earth history, especially the period that she called the "early Space Age", (1963-1989) (PROSE: The Dying Days) but admitted her knowledge of Earth history was a bit hazy before about 1900. (PROSE: Walking to Babylon)

Benny was proficient in Egyptian, Hebrew, French, Ancient Greek, Modern Greek, Old English, Old Norse and most Martian dialects. (PROSE: Just War, The Dying Days)

Degrees Edit

Impressive-sounding titles Edit

Benny seemed to enjoy inventing impressive-sounding titles to append to her name. Some common ones included:

  • F.R.A.S. - Fairly Rotten At Scrabble
  • F.G.A.S. - Fairly Good At Scrabble
  • Holder of the Martian Gallantry Medal (she found it and felt she had earned it) (PROSE: Human Nature)

Published works Edit

Alternative timelines Edit

Bernice's personal history contained some ambiguity. Partly this was due to Irving Braxiatel's attempts to edit her timeline for his own purposes. (AUDIO: The End of the World, Resurrecting the Past)

Both contradictory accounts of her visit to Guernsey (PROSE: Just War, AUDIO: Just War) appear to have taken place (PROSE: Paydirt) and Bernice was able to recall them both. (PROSE: Dear Friend)

Furthermore, a timeline existed in which Bernice married the Doctor in his eighth incarnation and bore him thirteen "half-immortal" children. (PROSE: Paydirt)

In general though, Bernice's timeline was not fundamentally unknowable or non-linear like Iris Wildthyme's, but was repeatedly diverted from what it should have been. Bernice and Jason's divorce was never meant to occur and by the time of the Mim-Draconian War, itself an alteration to history, they should have had two children together. Key moments from her relationship with Jason Kane were removed from the timeline, making it as if they had never happened. (AUDIO: The End of the World)

Behind the scenes Edit

Bernice Original Sketches

Original art of the character drawn by Lee Sullivan, printed in Doctor Who Magazine 192.

Paul Cornell created the personality and biography of Bernice Summerfield with assistance of the then-editor of the Virgin New Adventures range of novels, Peter Darvill-Evans, with artist Lee Sullivan "designing" her visually. Initially, Cornell had visualised her as resembling a short-haired version of actress Emma Thompson.

Bernice first appeared in the Virgin New Adventures series, heralded by an illustrated two page introduction in Doctor Who Magazine 192. Later, she crossed over into comics in Doctor Who Magazine. Since her creation she starred in her own series of novels, and would later appear in audio dramas and new novels and short fiction from Big Finish Productions. The cancelled 30th Anniversary story The Dark Dimension would have featured an alternate timeline character named "Summerfield," but it is left open to interpretation in the script if she and Bernice are one-and-the-same.

Lisa Bowerman currently acts as Benny's voice in audio plays as well as serving as the visual model for cover art, publicity photos, illustrations, and other depictions of the character.

In terms of continuity, early novels placed Bernice Summerfield as living in the 25th century when she first met the Doctor. Later books changed this to the 26th century, to better fit in with continuity established in the Doctor Who television story Frontier in Space, which took place in the year 2540.

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