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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (31 Jan. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844354628
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844354627
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 0.6 x 12.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,015,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timelord-007 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Nov. 2014
Format: Audio CD
Bernice Summerfield & the Criminal Code (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles).
Doctor: Seventh Doctor
Companion: Benny
Main setting: Shanquis
Publisher: Big Finish Productions
Writer: Eddie Robson
Director: John Ainsworth
Release number: 4.6
2 - Episodes - 1 x CD
Running Time 60 Minutes

Extras.
Trailer
Behind The Scenes Interviews

Cast.
Bernice Summerfield - Lisa Bowerman
Gatlin - Charlie Hayes

Trivia.
1)This is the first of the Companion Chronicles to star a companion who does not feature in the television series.
2)The Doctor & Benny without Ace who has left the Doctor.

What's Up Doc?
The Doctor & Bernice Summerfield are on the planet Shanquis, where the Doctor is trying to negotiate a peace settlement between this world & the neighbouring world of Esoria. The Doctor should be in his element, in an arena where the fighting is done with words, not weapons.

Yet after days of talks, the situation is getting worse. The planets are on a war footing & the Doctor cannot break the deadlock. He'd planned to join Bernice at an archaeology conference on the planet, but she ends up going on her own in an effort to distract herself from the increasingly dismal situation.

Whilst there, Bernice learns of the Shanquin "forbidden language", which it is illegal to read, speak or even think. As Bernice pursues the root of this obscure, archaic law, she finds herself obstructed & threatened as she realises that her investigations may have given her the only hope of stopping this war...

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim Bradley on 12 Aug. 2014
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I've had this story's CD cover signed by the lovely Lisa Bowerman at a convention in Newcastle, October 2013.

`Bernice Summerfield and the Criminal Code' is a `Doctor Who' companion chronicle that changes the standards of what a companion chronicle does. Most notably, this is the first time we have a companion of the Doctor who never appeared at all on television to perform a story from the companion chronicle range. Lisa Bowerman reprises her role for Bernice Summerfield, Benny to her friends, as she recollects a tale from her travels with the Seventh Doctor during the New Adventures book series. I found this a really enjoyable listening experience and so refreshing to hear a different slant of a companion chronicle.

Bernice Summerfield was a character created in `Doctor Who' for the Virgin series of New Adventures novels during the wilderness years of the series in the early 1990s. Benny was first introduced in the novel 'Love and War' (now an audio drama) written by Paul Cornell, where she met the Doctor on the planet Heaven and eventually joined the Doctor at the end of the story. Since then she's had more adventures in the `Doctor Who' novels, had her own book series and has now appeared in plenty of Big Finish audios in her own series as well as the one-off `Doctor Who' stories with Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann. In fact, Benny was the character that started Big Finish in the first place and was responsible for getting the licence for Big Finish to do `Doctor Who' audio.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Le Quin on 11 Dec. 2011
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Bernice Summerfield was not a television Doctor Who companion but was introduced in post-1989 novels, and has had a range of her own Big Finish audios some of which have featured Doctor Who television monsters. She has appeared as the Doctor's companion in a few Big Finish monthly Doctor Who audios. For those that have not followed her range, this story might be a good place to start.

The Companion Chronicle range is occasionally brilliant. Three things need to be in place. Appropriate Doctor Who companions, a decent/clever/fresh story and a suitable story pace to engage the listener when there is mostly only one narrative voice. The story is in keeping with other Big Finish featuring Bernice Summerfield, but is a far cry from anything 1987-1989 and more in keeping with the evolution of the post 1989 Doctor and events. Lisa Bowerman is a good narrator playing a likeable character and one builds up a good mental picture of the seventh Doctor at times. The plot is good with two separate story threads (Summerfield's being the heavier) joining in the second episode for quite a climax as it is a very strong and memorable idea.

I always go into seventh Doctor stories with some apprehension but have to say that this story had me growing my interest throughout and I was captivated towards the end even on just one listen. Some stories take a relisten to an episode to follow events fully (The Suffering), and the occasional one, after 3-4 listens (The Drowned World) I have just lost interest. This story gets so good when it is running out of time; it is a huge risk writing/editing a story this way, but I actually feel on this occasion it pays off.
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