This August, Bernice Summerfield is back in the TARDIS, but not with the Doctor she was expecting! Prepare to enter the Unbound Universe...
Available to pre-order today, Doctor Who – The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield: Volume 3: The Unbound Universe presents a whole new dimension for the multiverse's greatest archaeologist Bernice Summerfield (Lisa Bowerman). After years of adventures solo and with the Seventh Doctor, the former companion finds herself recruited with a Doctor from a parallel Universe, played by national treasure David Warner (Time Bandits, Tron, Star Trek, Titanic).
David first appeared as his Doctor in two Doctor Who Unbound audio plays – Doctor Who: Sympathy for the Devil and Doctor Who: Masters of War – portraying an alternative version of the Time Lord's Third incarnation. But this Doctor is one who is cautious to make sacrifices; a choice which had led his universe down a dark path.
Together with Benny, he'll take on what remains of his world's greatest threats, including the Kareem, the Blanks, the Sisters of Saint Beedlix – and the Master (Sam Kisgart), still surviving at the end of reality!
'We were trying to work out where we could take Benny next,' says producer James Goss, 'and the idea just sort of happened. We immediately got very excited about it. David Warner is a legend, and his Doctor is the perfect foil to Lisa Bowerman. Whereas Benny is a famously gung-ho adventuress, he's a cautious man with a twinkle in his eye. She falls into his universe and gives him a new lease of life.'
The remaining three episodes have been written by Guy Adams, Una McCormack and Emma Reeves. Guest stars in the box-set include Rowena Cooper, Zeb Soanes, Tom Webster, Alex Jordan, Sophie Wu, Julie Graham, Kerry Gooderson, Deirdre Mullins, George Blagden, Richard Earl, Aaron Neil, Laura Doddington, Lizzie Hopley, Shvorne Marks and Gus Brown. The series has been directed by long term Benny-associate Scott Handcock:
'Lisa and David have a brilliant chemistry – it's a very different Doctor/Companion relationship,' said Scott. 'Benny really is the adventurer, dragging the Doctor along behind her. When we first meet him, he's given up all hope – but Benny is determined to, quite literally, save the universe. The guest cast are marvellous – it's a hoot. Kisgart has never been more sinister.'
Doctor Who – The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield Volume 3: The Unbound Universe will be released in August 2016. You can pre-order your copy today for just £20 on both CD and to download. With a complimentary digital copy included with all CD orders, you can start listening as soon as the set materialises – whatever universe you're in!
All of Benny's previous adventures are also available this weekend, including the first two New Adventures box-sets. Click here to explore the offers; and don't forget to check out our bundles, which also include pre-orders for the new series!