After the parting of the ways between The Eighth Doctor and archaeologist Bernice `Benny' Summerfield at the end of Dying Days (New Adventures)
, Benny was given her own series of novels, and this is the first of them. As the title suggests, there is a distinct tongue-in-cheek feel to Paul Cornell's narrative, as our hero finds herself sucked into a kind of alternative reality; one where she is a thigh-slapping principal boy, and where various of her colleagues and acquaintances are re-incarnated as dwarves, pantomime dames, moustache-twirling ne'er do wells, and in the case of her pet cat Wolsey - Puss in Boots!
Like many of the Virgin New Adventures series that preceded it, Oh No it Isn't sometimes tries too hard to be clever, however for the most part it's an enjoyable romp, and by the end of the novel, Benny Summerfield is established as resoundingly fascinating and well-drawn character.
Big Finish audio CD
Although rather rudimentary in places (compared with the polished efforts regularly produced by the company nowadays) this early Big Finish full-cast audio drama is great fun - in a camp-as-you-please way, and a great vehicle for Bernice Summerfield: Archaeologist, adventurer, raconteuse, and sometime travelling companion of a certain errant Time Lord. Finding herself whisked into some kind of alternative dimension after a freak missile to spaceship occurrence, Benny begins a hallucinatory adventure that sees her encounter various fairytale characters, from the seven dwarves to the Vizier from Aladdin; but all in the forms of acquaintances and colleagues from her former life as a university lecturer from the future. Complete with a sentient feline (voiced perfectly by the late, great Nick Courtney) as Benny's partner in Pantomime, she sets out to find her way home; with often bizarre and frequently disturbing results.