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[[caption-width-right:300:Lisa Bowerman as Benny.]]

A long-running franchise about Professor Bernice Summerfield, an interstellar archaeologist from 2540, whose adventures take place across hundreds of books, audio plays and other media. Though it originated in the Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse and still takes place in the world of ''Series/DoctorWho'', the Bernice Summerfield line spun off into its own continuity over a decade ago.

Benny was originally created by Creator/PaulCornell (known best for "[[Recap/DoctorWhoNSS3E8HumanNature Human Nature]] / [[Recap/DoctorWhoNSS3E9TheFamilyOfBlood The Family of Blood]]") in 1992, as a companion to the Seventh and Eighth Doctors in their novel ranges. When Virgin Publishing lost their license to release ''Series/DoctorWho'' novels (the ''Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures''), they relaunched their line (now called just "New Adventures") around Benny's solo career.

The series focuses on classic adventure as well as the relationships between its characters. Benny travels across the universe to right wrongs, explore new planets, and prevent the end of the world on many occasions. Joining her are her ex-husband [[TheAce Jason Kane]], her friend [[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWho007TheGenocideMachine Bev]], her son [[HalfHumanHybrid Peter]], a Time Lord named [[MagnificentBastard Irving Braxiatel]], and many other friends and adversaries. And unlike the Classic ''DoctorWho'' TV series, the BerniceSummerfield range tends to deal with very mature themes. The stories don't shy away from war, torture and death, but also celebrate love and sex (Benny being from an almost FreeLoveFuture) and show relationships in a realistic way.

In addition to the New Adventures novels, Bernice has an audio series produced by Creator/BigFinish. The AudioPlay canon consists of adaptations of Benny's novels (sometimes directly, sometimes loosely) as well as original stories, frequently intersecting with other Big Finish ranges set in the world of ''DoctorWho''. With some stories labeled as a "Side Step" to canon, some being released as standalone specials and others referring to the events of the novels as taking place in the same continuity, the canon is all in all one hell of a tangled mess. This is made even more complicated by the fact that Braxiatel, Benny's employer, also appears prominently in the ''AudioPlay/{{Gallifrey}}'' audios, where one or more versions of him may or may not exist at the same time and loop back in on their own timelines, crossing over with Benny's plot. Because of all that, the BerniceSummerfield canon has quite a few BroadStrokes, and can be approached from a wide variety of starting points.

It is one of the ExpandedUniverse's most successful spinoffs, and celebrated its 22nd anniversary in 2014.

For recaps of the audio episodes, see [[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWho the Big Finish Doctor Who page]].

[[http://bigfinish.com/Bernice-Summerfield/ Big Finish Bernice Summerfield page is here.]]

!!Tropes
* ActionGirl / ActionMom
* ActingForTwo: Often. Prominently in ''The Mirror Effect'', but also the clones (and robots!) in ''Glory Days'', ''The Grel Escape'' and ''The Final Ammendment''.
* AdventurerArchaeologist... [[RecycledInSpace in space!]]
* AllJustADream: [[spoiler:''The Masquerade Of Death''.]]
* AloofBigBrother: A bit. Braxiatel is kind of this to [[spoiler:[[Series/DoctorWho the Doctor]]]], although it never really comes up in the Big Finish series, due to WritingAroundTrademarks.
* AncientAstronauts: Very common, and also the subject of Benny's doctoral dissertation.
* AndIMustScream: all too often. The fate of the Monoids in ''The Kingdom Of the Blind'', for one, and the nature of the hyperdrive in ''A Tub Full Of Cats'' for another.
* ArtifactCollectionAgency: The Braxiatel Collection
* BigDamnKiss: Benny tackles the Eighth Doctor to the bed during their goodbye, after their first adventure together.
* CharacterNameAndTheNounPhrase: "Professor Bernice Summerfield and the..."
* ClassyCatBurglar: Beverly
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Brax: 'And that's another thing you're misremembering! I spent the last cosmic cycle as a rock, not under one!'
* ContinuityNod: 'You know, Braxiatel...that thing in your head...[[AudioPlay/{{Gallifrey}} it's still there.]]'
* CreatorCameo: Being audio, there've been quite a few. Director Gary Russell in ''The Crystal Of Cantus'' (although fans love to try and spot Russell's cameos, there's so many), writer Joseph Lidster in ''The Summer Of Love'', writer Mathew Sweet in ''Diet Of Worms'' and writer Scott Handcock as Plato(!) in ''The Oracle Of Delphi''. Actually, from ''Epoch'' onwards, most of the bit parts are played by Gary Russell's co-director/producer/writer Scott Handcock, who seems to have taken over the role of being Creator/BigFinish's Creator/AlfredHitchcock.
* {{Crossover}}: Frequently. Benny's sometime boss, Braxiatel, is the same character that appears in ''AudioPlay/{{Gallifrey}}''; Ace occasionally visits; and Iris Wildthyme has popped up a time or two. The Daleks showed up in ''Death and the Daleks''.
* DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength: Peter. [[spoiler:Braxiatel manipulates him into killing Jason due to this.]]
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: A couple of characters, notably [[spoiler: Miss Jones (repeatedly!)]] and [[spoiler: Maggie.]]
** [[spoiler: The Jason Clones.]]
* EverybodyIsSingle: Thanks, in part, to ExecutiveMeddling. Benny marrying Jason really ''was'' going to be [[HomeSweetHome her happy ending and departure from the New Adventures]]. Then the editors lost their license to ''Series/DoctorWho'', and decided to re-launch it around Benny. Since she'd have to be single for romantic subplots, Benny and Jason's marriage was deep-sixed. They still love each other deeply, though, and genuinely look out for each other throughout their adventures.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Robyn, in ''Resurrecting The Past''.]]
* FantasticRacism: During the Fifth Axis occupation especially.
* FinalSolution: Hass's extermination of the Mim.
* FiveManBand: Shades of it before ''The Crystal Of Cantus''.
** TheHero: Benny
** TheLancer: Jason usually, but Bev and Brax have their moments
** TheSmartGuy: Brax, definitely, doubles as TheTeamBenefactor although Bev occasionally fills it as TheTrickster
** TheBigGuy: Adrian
** TheChick: Jason. It [[LampshadeHanging has been remarked]] that he seems cursed to [[WalkingDisasterArea always get into trouble]].
** TeamPet: [[RobotBuddy Joseph]].

** By ''Legion''. The cast have definitely become one. Even More so in [[http://www.bigfinish.com/img/news/new-frontiersclean_image_large.jpg ''New Frontiers'']] (From left to right: Ruth (Ayesha Antoine), [[spoiler: Springheel]] Jack (David Ames), Bernice Summerfield (Lisa Bowerman), Irving Braxiatel (Miles Richardson), Peter Summerfield (Thomas Grant)).
** TheHero: Benny
** TheLancer: Braxiatel
** TheSmartGuy: Jack (of TheTrickster variety).
** TheBigGuy: Peter (yes, he's physically small in the photo [[HalfHumanHybrid but]] [[SuperStrength don't]] [[BadAss let]] [[BadassGay that fool you]]).
** TheChick: Ruth
* FiveTokenBand: The SpaceOpera version. As mentioned above, we have:
** [[TheHero Benny]]: human caucasian.
** [[TheChick Ruth]]: Most likely human but never explicitly stated, also black.
** [[TheTrickster Jack]]: Not human at all but apparently from the 'Bowl Nebula'.
** [[TheLancer Braxiatel]]: A [[Series/DoctorWho Time Lord]] from Gallifrey.
** [[TheBigGuy Peter]]: A [[spoiler: gay]] [[HalfHumanHybrid half-human-half-kiloran]].
* FutureImperfect: Benny catches people out on their knowledge of history, and is not infrequently caught out herself. (She thought ''Franchise/StarTrek'' was a documentary.)
* HalfHumanHybrid: Benny's son, Peter; a case of HumanMomNonhumanDad.
* HardDrinkingPartyGirl: Loves -- ''loves'' -- beer, and has long since given up on the idea of ever having slim thighs.
* InkSuitActor: Actress Lisa Bowerman has been the voice of Benny since the first audio dramas featuring the character were produced in 1998. She coincidentally resembled the artistic rendering of Benny dating back to the character's first appearance on the cover of the novel ''Love and War'' in 1992. As Bowerman became more identified in the role, artistic renderings of Benny began to resemble her more. The 2010 CGI animated short ''Dead and Buried'' based Benny's appearance on that of Bowerman (with elements from earlier renderings tossed in). Beginning with the September 2011 release ''Epoch'', Big Finish begins using straight photographs of Bowerman for the cover art.
** Actually, the same goes for most of the cast. In The novels, Jason was [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/c/c7/Jason_Kane.jpg/180px-Jason_Kane.jpg short haired and blond]] and then [[http://www.cdm-ltd.com/uploads/images/clients/stephen-fewell.jpg Stephen Fewell]]. was cast. The changes in illustrations that have resulted are [[http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20090626093439/doctor-who-collectors/images/1/15/End_of_the_world_cd.jpg obvious]]. Bev Tarrant was sketched to resemble Louise Faulkner and Peter looked a little like Thomas Grant (until they started using photographs on the covers, from which we can conclude that Peter looks exactly like Grant but with dog-ears-and-nose).
** The only cast members that have escaped it are those playing non-human characters such as Harry Myers (Adrian/Hass), Stephen Wickham (Joseph/Doggles) and Miles Richardson (Braxiatel), although Richardson escaped it for different reasons: nearly a decade before Creator/BigFinish was founded Brax made his first appearence in the novels, described by Benny as 'slightly older than her with angular but still attractive features'. Now look at [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ipj9_ZkIxo4/T-CVdxCI10I/AAAAAAAAKfE/A6TwOWu0ZHk/s1600/richardson%252C_miles_.jpg who they cast]]. It is ''uncanny''. So they didn't bother to change the artistic renderings beyond his suit. (N.B. There is a joke amongst fans that Miles Richardson is the alias for Braxiatel's human self, just [[Recap/DoctorWhoNSS3E8HumanNature waiting to open a]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoNSS3E9TheFamilyOfBlood fob-watch]]).
*** Even more spookily, [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/braxiatel_trope_8348.jpg the first illustration depicting Braxiatel]] (from the cover for the 1997 VirginNewAdventures novel ''Happy Endings'') bears a startling resemblance to Miles Richardson (or a younger version of the actor's [[Series/HouseOfCardsUK father]]).
* LawyerFriendlyCameo
* LittleOldLadyInvestigates: Parodied in ''Ship of Fools'' with the character of Agatha Magpole.
* ManipulativeBastard: Braxiatel, from ''The Crystal of Cantus'' onwards.
** Earlier than that, surely. He's been like that since at least ''The Mirror Effect''.
* MusicalEpisode: ''The Worst Thing In The World'', said "worst thing" being [[spoiler:Bernice Summerfield singing an obnoxiously cheerful, obnoxiously catchy musical number to save the day.]]
* NonindicativeName: The People. They're made up of several races, none of which are human beings.
* NotAsYouKnowThem: Chris Cwej, although not as much as in FactionParadox stories.
* OutWithABang: ''The Greatest Shop in the Galaxy''
* OppositeSexClone: Maggie to [[spoiler:Braxiatel.]]
* {{Pantomime}}: ''Oh No It Isn't!'', both pantomime and deconstruction of pantomime.
** The same goes for ''The Masquerade Of Death''.
* PettingZooPeople: And how. Benny's babydaddy is a wolf/ape alien, one of her close friends is an enormous sentient ''[[IntelligentGerbil hamster]]'', and another is a [[{{Cthulhumanoid}} squid-headed humanoid]].
* PutOnABus: Parasiel, at the end of ''Collected Works''. Also several of the minor characters.
* RobotBuddy: Joseph
* SingleBiomePlanet: The water planet Maximediras. It's also a complete hole.
* SlapSlapKiss: Benny and Jason
* SnarkKnight: Benny
* SpaceOpera
* SpaceshipGirl: ''The Secret of Cassandra''
* StupidJetpackHitler: ''Just War''
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Hass's threat to [[spoiler: nuke Braxiatel]]
* TheTimeTravellersDilemma: ''Return of the Living Dad''
* TimeyWimeyBall: As its name suggests, ''Timeless Passages''.
* {{Veganopia}}: Benny's home society ate engineered meats only. Benny views food derived from an ''actual'' animal with vague distaste.
* VichyEarth: the Braxiatel Collection, during its occupation by the Fifth Axis.
* WhamEpisode: Several:
** ''Where Angels Fear...'' [[spoiler: The planet Dellah gets invaded by the Gods. Everyone evacuates. Clarence dies, and Emile becomes possessed by a demon.]]
** ''The Mirror Effect'': [[spoiler: Everyone tries to kill each other. And Brax is revealed to be a really evil bastard.]]
** ''Life During Wartime'': [[spoiler: The Collection is invaded. By Benny's dad. And the Daleks.]]
** ''The Wake''. Just, ''The Wake''.
** ''Resurrecting The Past'': [[spoiler: Braxiatel's plans come together. Robyn tries to kill Bernice, but Hass kills Robyn first and accidentally starts a trans-temporal war.]]
** ''Escaping The Future'': [[spoiler: Everybody]] dies. But that's okay, because all of [[spoiler: history (and established continuity)]] is completely rewritten.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Bernice Summerfield And The Drop Dead Divas as written by Jim Mortimore. Part jungle trek, part documentary, complete MindScrew, with healthy doses of reincarnation, pigmies, Dyson Rings, Buddhists, [[spoiler:FutureMeScaresMe]] and intergalactic wars.
* WritingAroundTrademarks
** Not so much this as keeping distance from the parent series - Daleks and Cybermen can appear, but nobody goes any further than occasional accidental references to the 'Doct...' before stopping themselves.

to:

[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/bernice_4796.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:300:Lisa Bowerman as Benny.]]

A long-running franchise about Professor Bernice Summerfield, an interstellar archaeologist from 2540, whose adventures take place across hundreds of books, audio plays and other media. Though it originated in the Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse and still takes place in the world of ''Series/DoctorWho'', the Bernice Summerfield line spun off into its own continuity over a decade ago.

Benny was originally created by Creator/PaulCornell (known best for "[[Recap/DoctorWhoNSS3E8HumanNature Human Nature]] / [[Recap/DoctorWhoNSS3E9TheFamilyOfBlood The Family of Blood]]") in 1992, as a companion to the Seventh and Eighth Doctors in their novel ranges. When Virgin Publishing lost their license to release ''Series/DoctorWho'' novels (the ''Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures''), they relaunched their line (now called just "New Adventures") around Benny's solo career.

The series focuses on classic adventure as well as the relationships between its characters. Benny travels across the universe to right wrongs, explore new planets, and prevent the end of the world on many occasions. Joining her are her ex-husband [[TheAce Jason Kane]], her friend [[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWho007TheGenocideMachine Bev]], her son [[HalfHumanHybrid Peter]], a Time Lord named [[MagnificentBastard Irving Braxiatel]], and many other friends and adversaries. And unlike the Classic ''DoctorWho'' TV series, the BerniceSummerfield range tends to deal with very mature themes. The stories don't shy away from war, torture and death, but also celebrate love and sex (Benny being from an almost FreeLoveFuture) and show relationships in a realistic way.

In addition to the New Adventures novels, Bernice has an audio series produced by Creator/BigFinish. The AudioPlay canon consists of adaptations of Benny's novels (sometimes directly, sometimes loosely) as well as original stories, frequently intersecting with other Big Finish ranges set in the world of ''DoctorWho''. With some stories labeled as a "Side Step" to canon, some being released as standalone specials and others referring to the events of the novels as taking place in the same continuity, the canon is all in all one hell of a tangled mess. This is made even more complicated by the fact that Braxiatel, Benny's employer, also appears prominently in the ''AudioPlay/{{Gallifrey}}'' audios, where one or more versions of him may or may not exist at the same time and loop back in on their own timelines, crossing over with Benny's plot. Because of all that, the BerniceSummerfield canon has quite a few BroadStrokes, and can be approached from a wide variety of starting points.

It is one of the ExpandedUniverse's most successful spinoffs, and celebrated its 22nd anniversary in 2014.

For recaps of the audio episodes, see [[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWho the Big Finish Doctor Who page]].

[[http://bigfinish.com/Bernice-Summerfield/ Big Finish Bernice Summerfield page is here.]]

!!Tropes
* ActionGirl / ActionMom
* ActingForTwo: Often. Prominently in ''The Mirror Effect'', but also the clones (and robots!) in ''Glory Days'', ''The Grel Escape'' and ''The Final Ammendment''.
* AdventurerArchaeologist... [[RecycledInSpace in space!]]
* AllJustADream: [[spoiler:''The Masquerade Of Death''.]]
* AloofBigBrother: A bit. Braxiatel is kind of this to [[spoiler:[[Series/DoctorWho the Doctor]]]], although it never really comes up in the Big Finish series, due to WritingAroundTrademarks.
* AncientAstronauts: Very common, and also the subject of Benny's doctoral dissertation.
* AndIMustScream: all too often. The fate of the Monoids in ''The Kingdom Of the Blind'', for one, and the nature of the hyperdrive in ''A Tub Full Of Cats'' for another.
* ArtifactCollectionAgency: The Braxiatel Collection
* BigDamnKiss: Benny tackles the Eighth Doctor to the bed during their goodbye, after their first adventure together.
* CharacterNameAndTheNounPhrase: "Professor Bernice Summerfield and the..."
* ClassyCatBurglar: Beverly
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Brax: 'And that's another thing you're misremembering! I spent the last cosmic cycle as a rock, not under one!'
* ContinuityNod: 'You know, Braxiatel...that thing in your head...[[AudioPlay/{{Gallifrey}} it's still there.]]'
* CreatorCameo: Being audio, there've been quite a few. Director Gary Russell in ''The Crystal Of Cantus'' (although fans love to try and spot Russell's cameos, there's so many), writer Joseph Lidster in ''The Summer Of Love'', writer Mathew Sweet in ''Diet Of Worms'' and writer Scott Handcock as Plato(!) in ''The Oracle Of Delphi''. Actually, from ''Epoch'' onwards, most of the bit parts are played by Gary Russell's co-director/producer/writer Scott Handcock, who seems to have taken over the role of being Creator/BigFinish's Creator/AlfredHitchcock.
* {{Crossover}}: Frequently. Benny's sometime boss, Braxiatel, is the same character that appears in ''AudioPlay/{{Gallifrey}}''; Ace occasionally visits; and Iris Wildthyme has popped up a time or two. The Daleks showed up in ''Death and the Daleks''.
* DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength: Peter. [[spoiler:Braxiatel manipulates him into killing Jason due to this.]]
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: A couple of characters, notably [[spoiler: Miss Jones (repeatedly!)]] and [[spoiler: Maggie.]]
** [[spoiler: The Jason Clones.]]
* EverybodyIsSingle: Thanks, in part, to ExecutiveMeddling. Benny marrying Jason really ''was'' going to be [[HomeSweetHome her happy ending and departure from the New Adventures]]. Then the editors lost their license to ''Series/DoctorWho'', and decided to re-launch it around Benny. Since she'd have to be single for romantic subplots, Benny and Jason's marriage was deep-sixed. They still love each other deeply, though, and genuinely look out for each other throughout their adventures.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Robyn, in ''Resurrecting The Past''.]]
* FantasticRacism: During the Fifth Axis occupation especially.
* FinalSolution: Hass's extermination of the Mim.
* FiveManBand: Shades of it before ''The Crystal Of Cantus''.
** TheHero: Benny
** TheLancer: Jason usually, but Bev and Brax have their moments
** TheSmartGuy: Brax, definitely, doubles as TheTeamBenefactor although Bev occasionally fills it as TheTrickster
** TheBigGuy: Adrian
** TheChick: Jason. It [[LampshadeHanging has been remarked]] that he seems cursed to [[WalkingDisasterArea always get into trouble]].
** TeamPet: [[RobotBuddy Joseph]].

** By ''Legion''. The cast have definitely become one. Even More so in [[http://www.bigfinish.com/img/news/new-frontiersclean_image_large.jpg ''New Frontiers'']] (From left to right: Ruth (Ayesha Antoine), [[spoiler: Springheel]] Jack (David Ames), Bernice Summerfield (Lisa Bowerman), Irving Braxiatel (Miles Richardson), Peter Summerfield (Thomas Grant)).
** TheHero: Benny
** TheLancer: Braxiatel
** TheSmartGuy: Jack (of TheTrickster variety).
** TheBigGuy: Peter (yes, he's physically small in the photo [[HalfHumanHybrid but]] [[SuperStrength don't]] [[BadAss let]] [[BadassGay that fool you]]).
** TheChick: Ruth
* FiveTokenBand: The SpaceOpera version. As mentioned above, we have:
** [[TheHero Benny]]: human caucasian.
** [[TheChick Ruth]]: Most likely human but never explicitly stated, also black.
** [[TheTrickster Jack]]: Not human at all but apparently from the 'Bowl Nebula'.
** [[TheLancer Braxiatel]]: A [[Series/DoctorWho Time Lord]] from Gallifrey.
** [[TheBigGuy Peter]]: A [[spoiler: gay]] [[HalfHumanHybrid half-human-half-kiloran]].
* FutureImperfect: Benny catches people out on their knowledge of history, and is not infrequently caught out herself. (She thought ''Franchise/StarTrek'' was a documentary.)
* HalfHumanHybrid: Benny's son, Peter; a case of HumanMomNonhumanDad.
* HardDrinkingPartyGirl: Loves -- ''loves'' -- beer, and has long since given up on the idea of ever having slim thighs.
* InkSuitActor: Actress Lisa Bowerman has been the voice of Benny since the first audio dramas featuring the character were produced in 1998. She coincidentally resembled the artistic rendering of Benny dating back to the character's first appearance on the cover of the novel ''Love and War'' in 1992. As Bowerman became more identified in the role, artistic renderings of Benny began to resemble her more. The 2010 CGI animated short ''Dead and Buried'' based Benny's appearance on that of Bowerman (with elements from earlier renderings tossed in). Beginning with the September 2011 release ''Epoch'', Big Finish begins using straight photographs of Bowerman for the cover art.
** Actually, the same goes for most of the cast. In The novels, Jason was [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/c/c7/Jason_Kane.jpg/180px-Jason_Kane.jpg short haired and blond]] and then [[http://www.cdm-ltd.com/uploads/images/clients/stephen-fewell.jpg Stephen Fewell]]. was cast. The changes in illustrations that have resulted are [[http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20090626093439/doctor-who-collectors/images/1/15/End_of_the_world_cd.jpg obvious]]. Bev Tarrant was sketched to resemble Louise Faulkner and Peter looked a little like Thomas Grant (until they started using photographs on the covers, from which we can conclude that Peter looks exactly like Grant but with dog-ears-and-nose).
** The only cast members that have escaped it are those playing non-human characters such as Harry Myers (Adrian/Hass), Stephen Wickham (Joseph/Doggles) and Miles Richardson (Braxiatel), although Richardson escaped it for different reasons: nearly a decade before Creator/BigFinish was founded Brax made his first appearence in the novels, described by Benny as 'slightly older than her with angular but still attractive features'. Now look at [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ipj9_ZkIxo4/T-CVdxCI10I/AAAAAAAAKfE/A6TwOWu0ZHk/s1600/richardson%252C_miles_.jpg who they cast]]. It is ''uncanny''. So they didn't bother to change the artistic renderings beyond his suit. (N.B. There is a joke amongst fans that Miles Richardson is the alias for Braxiatel's human self, just [[Recap/DoctorWhoNSS3E8HumanNature waiting to open a]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoNSS3E9TheFamilyOfBlood fob-watch]]).
*** Even more spookily, [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/braxiatel_trope_8348.jpg the first illustration depicting Braxiatel]] (from the cover for the 1997 VirginNewAdventures novel ''Happy Endings'') bears a startling resemblance to Miles Richardson (or a younger version of the actor's [[Series/HouseOfCardsUK father]]).
* LawyerFriendlyCameo
* LittleOldLadyInvestigates: Parodied in ''Ship of Fools'' with the character of Agatha Magpole.
* ManipulativeBastard: Braxiatel, from ''The Crystal of Cantus'' onwards.
** Earlier than that, surely. He's been like that since at least ''The Mirror Effect''.
* MusicalEpisode: ''The Worst Thing In The World'', said "worst thing" being [[spoiler:Bernice Summerfield singing an obnoxiously cheerful, obnoxiously catchy musical number to save the day.]]
* NonindicativeName: The People. They're made up of several races, none of which are human beings.
* NotAsYouKnowThem: Chris Cwej, although not as much as in FactionParadox stories.
* OutWithABang: ''The Greatest Shop in the Galaxy''
* OppositeSexClone: Maggie to [[spoiler:Braxiatel.]]
* {{Pantomime}}: ''Oh No It Isn't!'', both pantomime and deconstruction of pantomime.
** The same goes for ''The Masquerade Of Death''.
* PettingZooPeople: And how. Benny's babydaddy is a wolf/ape alien, one of her close friends is an enormous sentient ''[[IntelligentGerbil hamster]]'', and another is a [[{{Cthulhumanoid}} squid-headed humanoid]].
* PutOnABus: Parasiel, at the end of ''Collected Works''. Also several of the minor characters.
* RobotBuddy: Joseph
* SingleBiomePlanet: The water planet Maximediras. It's also a complete hole.
* SlapSlapKiss: Benny and Jason
* SnarkKnight: Benny
* SpaceOpera
* SpaceshipGirl: ''The Secret of Cassandra''
* StupidJetpackHitler: ''Just War''
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Hass's threat to [[spoiler: nuke Braxiatel]]
* TheTimeTravellersDilemma: ''Return of the Living Dad''
* TimeyWimeyBall: As its name suggests, ''Timeless Passages''.
* {{Veganopia}}: Benny's home society ate engineered meats only. Benny views food derived from an ''actual'' animal with vague distaste.
* VichyEarth: the Braxiatel Collection, during its occupation by the Fifth Axis.
* WhamEpisode: Several:
** ''Where Angels Fear...'' [[spoiler: The planet Dellah gets invaded by the Gods. Everyone evacuates. Clarence dies, and Emile becomes possessed by a demon.]]
** ''The Mirror Effect'': [[spoiler: Everyone tries to kill each other. And Brax is revealed to be a really evil bastard.]]
** ''Life During Wartime'': [[spoiler: The Collection is invaded. By Benny's dad. And the Daleks.]]
** ''The Wake''. Just, ''The Wake''.
** ''Resurrecting The Past'': [[spoiler: Braxiatel's plans come together. Robyn tries to kill Bernice, but Hass kills Robyn first and accidentally starts a trans-temporal war.]]
** ''Escaping The Future'': [[spoiler: Everybody]] dies. But that's okay, because all of [[spoiler: history (and established continuity)]] is completely rewritten.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Bernice Summerfield And The Drop Dead Divas as written by Jim Mortimore. Part jungle trek, part documentary, complete MindScrew, with healthy doses of reincarnation, pigmies, Dyson Rings, Buddhists, [[spoiler:FutureMeScaresMe]] and intergalactic wars.
* WritingAroundTrademarks
** Not so much this as keeping distance from the parent series - Daleks and Cybermen can appear, but nobody goes any further than occasional accidental references to the 'Doct...' before stopping themselves.
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A long-running franchise about Professor Bernice Summerfield, an interstellar archaeologist from 2540, whose adventures take place across hundreds of books, audio plays and comics. Though it originated in the Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse and still takes place in the world of ''Series/DoctorWho'', the Bernice Summerfield line spun off into its own continuity over a decade ago.

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A long-running franchise about Professor Bernice Summerfield, an interstellar archaeologist from 2540, whose adventures take place across hundreds of books, audio plays and comics.other media. Though it originated in the Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse and still takes place in the world of ''Series/DoctorWho'', the Bernice Summerfield line spun off into its own continuity over a decade ago.
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In addition to the New Adventures novels, Bernice has an audio series produced by Creator/BigFinish. The AudioPlay canon consists of adaptations of Benny's novels (sometimes directly, sometimes loosely) as well as original stories, frequently intersecting with other Big Finish ranges set in the world of ''DoctorWho''. With some stories labeled as a "Side Step" to canon, some being released as standalone specials and others referring to the events of the novels as taking place in the same continuity, the canon is all in all one hell of a tangled mess. This is made even more complicated by the fact that Braxiatel, Benny's employer, also appears prominently in the ''AudioPlay/Gallifrey'' audios, where one or more versions of him may or may not exist at the same time and loop back in on their own timelines. Because of all that, the BerniceSummerfield canon has quite a few BroadStrokes, and can be approached from a wide variety of starting points.

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In addition to the New Adventures novels, Bernice has an audio series produced by Creator/BigFinish. The AudioPlay canon consists of adaptations of Benny's novels (sometimes directly, sometimes loosely) as well as original stories, frequently intersecting with other Big Finish ranges set in the world of ''DoctorWho''. With some stories labeled as a "Side Step" to canon, some being released as standalone specials and others referring to the events of the novels as taking place in the same continuity, the canon is all in all one hell of a tangled mess. This is made even more complicated by the fact that Braxiatel, Benny's employer, also appears prominently in the ''AudioPlay/Gallifrey'' ''AudioPlay/{{Gallifrey}}'' audios, where one or more versions of him may or may not exist at the same time and loop back in on their own timelines.timelines, crossing over with Benny's plot. Because of all that, the BerniceSummerfield canon has quite a few BroadStrokes, and can be approached from a wide variety of starting points.
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In addition to the New Adventures novels, Bernice has an audio series produced by Creator/BigFinish. The AudioPlay canon consists of adaptations of Benny's novels (sometimes directly, sometimes loosely) as well as original stories, frequently intersecting with other Big Finish ranges set in the world of ''DoctorWho''. With some stories labeled as a "Side Step" to canon, some being released as standalone specials and others referring to the events of the novels as taking place in the same continuity, the continuity is one hell of a tangled mess. This is made even more complicated by the fact that Braxiatel, Benny's employer, also appears prominently in the ''AudioPlay/Gallifrey'' audios, where one or more versions of him may or may not exist and loop back in on their own timelines. Because of all that, the BerniceSummerfield canon has quite a few BroadStrokes, and can be approached from a wide variety of starting points.

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In addition to the New Adventures novels, Bernice has an audio series produced by Creator/BigFinish. The AudioPlay canon consists of adaptations of Benny's novels (sometimes directly, sometimes loosely) as well as original stories, frequently intersecting with other Big Finish ranges set in the world of ''DoctorWho''. With some stories labeled as a "Side Step" to canon, some being released as standalone specials and others referring to the events of the novels as taking place in the same continuity, the continuity canon is all in all one hell of a tangled mess. This is made even more complicated by the fact that Braxiatel, Benny's employer, also appears prominently in the ''AudioPlay/Gallifrey'' audios, where one or more versions of him may or may not exist at the same time and loop back in on their own timelines. Because of all that, the BerniceSummerfield canon has quite a few BroadStrokes, and can be approached from a wide variety of starting points.
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It is one of the ExpandedUniverse's most successful spinoffs, and celebrated its 22th anniversary in 2014.

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It is one of the ExpandedUniverse's most successful spinoffs, and celebrated its 22th 22nd anniversary in 2014.
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The series focuses on classic adventure as well as the relationships between its characters. Benny travels across the universe to right wrongs, explore new planets, and prevent the end of the world on many occasions. Joining her are her ex-husband [[TheAce Jason Kane]], her friend [[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWho007TheGenocideMachine Bev]], her son [[HalfHumanHybrid Peter]], a Time Lord named [[MagnificentBastard Irving Braxiatel]], and many other friends and adversaries. Unlike the Classic ''DoctorWho'' TV series, the BerniceSummerfield range deals with very mature themes. The stories don't shy away from war, torture and death, but also celebrate love and sex (Benny being from an almost FreeLoveFuture) and show relationships in a realistic way.

Benny was originally created by Creator/PaulCornell (known best for "[[Recap/DoctorWhoNSS3E8HumanNature Human Nature]] / [[Recap/DoctorWhoNSS3E9TheFamilyOfBlood The Family of Blood]]") in 1992. She was a companion to the Seventh and Eighth Doctors. When Virgin Publishing lost their license to release ''Series/DoctorWho'' novels (the ''Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures''), they relaunched their line (now called just "New Adventures") around Benny's solo career.

In addition to the New Adventures, Bernice has had an audio series produced by Creator/BigFinish, which began its twelfth season (yes -- ''twelve'') in 2011. It is one of the ExpandedUniverse's most successful spinoffs, and celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2012.

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Benny was originally created by Creator/PaulCornell (known best for "[[Recap/DoctorWhoNSS3E8HumanNature Human Nature]] / [[Recap/DoctorWhoNSS3E9TheFamilyOfBlood The Family of Blood]]") in 1992, as a companion to the Seventh and Eighth Doctors in their novel ranges. When Virgin Publishing lost their license to release ''Series/DoctorWho'' novels (the ''Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures''), they relaunched their line (now called just "New Adventures") around Benny's solo career.

The series focuses on classic adventure as well as the relationships between its characters. Benny travels across the universe to right wrongs, explore new planets, and prevent the end of the world on many occasions. Joining her are her ex-husband [[TheAce Jason Kane]], her friend [[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWho007TheGenocideMachine Bev]], her son [[HalfHumanHybrid Peter]], a Time Lord named [[MagnificentBastard Irving Braxiatel]], and many other friends and adversaries. Unlike And unlike the Classic ''DoctorWho'' TV series, the BerniceSummerfield range deals tends to deal with very mature themes. The stories don't shy away from war, torture and death, but also celebrate love and sex (Benny being from an almost FreeLoveFuture) and show relationships in a realistic way.

Benny was originally created by Creator/PaulCornell (known best for "[[Recap/DoctorWhoNSS3E8HumanNature Human Nature]] / [[Recap/DoctorWhoNSS3E9TheFamilyOfBlood The Family of Blood]]") in 1992. She was a companion to the Seventh and Eighth Doctors. When Virgin Publishing lost their license to release ''Series/DoctorWho'' novels (the ''Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures''), they relaunched their line (now called just "New Adventures") around Benny's solo career.

In addition to the New Adventures, Adventures novels, Bernice has had an audio series produced by Creator/BigFinish, which began its twelfth season (yes -- ''twelve'') Creator/BigFinish. The AudioPlay canon consists of adaptations of Benny's novels (sometimes directly, sometimes loosely) as well as original stories, frequently intersecting with other Big Finish ranges set in 2011. the world of ''DoctorWho''. With some stories labeled as a "Side Step" to canon, some being released as standalone specials and others referring to the events of the novels as taking place in the same continuity, the continuity is one hell of a tangled mess. This is made even more complicated by the fact that Braxiatel, Benny's employer, also appears prominently in the ''AudioPlay/Gallifrey'' audios, where one or more versions of him may or may not exist and loop back in on their own timelines. Because of all that, the BerniceSummerfield canon has quite a few BroadStrokes, and can be approached from a wide variety of starting points.

It is one of the ExpandedUniverse's most successful spinoffs, and celebrated its 20th 22th anniversary in 2012.
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The series focuses on classic adventure as well as the relationships between its characters. Benny travels across the universe to right wrongs, explore new planets, and prevent the end of the world on many occasions. Joining her are her ex-husband [[TheAce Jason Kane]], her friend [[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWho007TheGenocideMachine Bev]], her son [[HalfHumanHybrid Peter]], a Time Lord named [[MagnificentBastard Irving Braxiatel]], and many other friends and adversaries. Unlike the Classic ''DoctorWho'' TV series, the BerniceSummerfield range deals with very mature themes, both in positive and in negative ways. The stories don't shy away from war, torture and death, but also celebrate love and sex (Benny being from an almost FreeLoveFuture) and show relationships in a realistic way.

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The series focuses on classic adventure as well as the relationships between its characters. Benny travels across the universe to right wrongs, explore new planets, and prevent the end of the world on many occasions. Joining her are her ex-husband [[TheAce Jason Kane]], her friend [[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWho007TheGenocideMachine Bev]], her son [[HalfHumanHybrid Peter]], a Time Lord named [[MagnificentBastard Irving Braxiatel]], and many other friends and adversaries. Unlike the Classic ''DoctorWho'' TV series, the BerniceSummerfield range deals with very mature themes, both in positive and in negative ways.themes. The stories don't shy away from war, torture and death, but also celebrate love and sex (Benny being from an almost FreeLoveFuture) and show relationships in a realistic way.
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