So… now I can finally talk about a couple of projects that we completed back in January, both of which reunited me with the lovely Bernice Summerfield.
Having said my farewells to her with the last Big Finish box set - Missing Persons - I genuinely thought my time with her had come to a close. Then, one day, just towards the end of November, I had a lovely e-mail from David Richardson asking if I’d be up for doing The Highest Science (an adaptation of Gareth Roberts’ New Adventures novel) at the beginning of January, produced by the equally lovely Cavan Scott. Obviously, I bit his hand off!
A few days later, I had another e-mail asking if I could do the next Bernice Summerfield box set, guest starring the Seventh Doctor and Ace, and produced by the spectacular James Goss. I’ll be honest, it could have been awkward - the previous keeper of the range coming back to work alongside his successor - but I couldn’t have been happier. James is a brilliant, brilliant man, and a fantastic producer, and the stories that are coming up are genuinely thrilling. So nice to sink my teeth into something as a director with just a finished draft to worry about!
And the casts! I’ve been very lucky with these… As announced on the Big Finish website, The Highest Science features Daniel Brocklebank and James Baxter (both of whom I’ve worked with before, most notably on Imaginary Boys for Radio 4), alongside Sinead Keenan (Being Human) and Tom Bell (Wizards vs Aliens). And a few more people too…!
Then the new box set - Doctor Who: The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield - allowed me even more fun. In that, we have guest stars like Miles Jupp, John Finnemore, Matthew Gravelle, Colin McFarlane and Sheila Reid, all playing roles you wouldn’t normally expect them to play. I couldn’t be more chuffed with what we have in store. I was thrilled the moment I heard James was taking over the range - but to come back and work alongside him has been nothing short of a treat!
Out in June, the box set details can be found here - http://bigfinish.com/ranges/coming_soon_reverse/doctor-who-the-new-adventures-of-bernice-summerfield - with The Highest Science following in December: http://bigfinish.com/releases/v/the-highest-science-1038
Bernice Summerfield – the Seventh Doctor’s companion who made her debut in the Doctor Who: The New Adventures novels – will return in new audio adventures from Big Finish this year. And this time Benny (Lisa Bowerman) isn’t travelling alone – she’s joined by the Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) and Ace (Sophie Aldred).
Doctor Who: The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield sees Benny reunited with the Doctor. He’s come looking for her, as he has a very important assignment for everyone’s favourite time-hopping archaeologist.
“Benny is one of my favourite companions. The Seventh Doctor, Benny and Ace were a wonderful TARDIS team – and there had to be a pretty big reason to reunite them,” explains producer James Goss. “Something’s happened, something that’s very important to the Doctor, to Benny and Ace. And Benny, who already has plenty on her plate, finds herself having to make some tough choices. If you’ve ever wondered who Benny is and why people go all misty-eyed at the mention of her, then this box set is the perfect chance to find out.”
As well as the brilliant Lisa Bowerman as Benny, director Scott Handcock has assembled an impressive cast, including John Finnemore (Cabin Pressure, Miranda), Matt Gravelle (Broadchurch), Miles Jupp (Rev, Balamory), Colin McFarlane (The Dark Knight,Torchwood and The Voice of The Cube) and Sheila Reid (Doctor Who, Benidorm).
Reggae version of the Doctor Who theme. YOU’RE WELCOME.
~ A Desk-Book of Errors in English Including Notes on Colloquialisms and Slang to be Avoided in Conversation, by Frank H. Vizetelly, 1920
I like the fact that the warning not to use the word “flapdoodle” is in itself flapdoodle. Flapdoodle is in fact a fabulous word, and if it’s good enough for Professor Yaffle, it’s definitely good enough for me.