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Lisa Bowerman narrates Jacqueline Rayner's body-swapping adventure, Bernice Summerfield and the Squire’s Crystal, available exclusively on download only at the Big Finish website.
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 it? 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.”
Meanwhile, if you’d like to get out your felt-tip pens for a bit of mindful colouring, Benny In Wonderland is bursting with over 50 pages of patterns and pictures to colour-in – plus fabulous dot-to-dot puzzles – all alongside a brand-new Bernice Summerfield adventure, written in verse of course.
This imaginative – and slightly bonkers – book is the perfect Christmas gift for the Benny fan in your life and features a foreword by her creator, Paul Cornell, and an afterword by Bernice Summerfield actor herself, Lisa Bowerman.
Benny In Wonderland – A Colouring Book is available now as a paperback edition, to order from the Big Finish website, at the discounted price of £10.99 (RRP £12.99).
And you can download Bernice Summerfield and the Squire’s Crystal from the Big Finish website right now for just £9.99.