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4.0 out of 5 stars Oh yes it is!, 18 July 2004
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This review is from: Oh No it Isn't! (New Adventures) (Mass Market Paperback)
When the BBC stopped making Doctor Who on television, Virgin Publishing (eventually) gained the rights to produce new literary adventures for the Doctor. After 5 successful years however BBC Books took the license back, which left Virgin bravely carrying on publishing the New Adventures with new companion Bernice Summerfield taking over from the Doctors leading role.
This first 'Doctor-less' New Adventure makes for a good introduction to the character of Bernice, with the story itself being a light-hearted romp through a fantasy world of pantomime. The plot's occasionally a bit contrived, but its written in a warm and engaging manner, and featuring some hilarious new aliens in the fact-obsessed Grels. A solid start to the adventures of Bernice Summerfield.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Parlous peregrinations in Panto-land!, 2 Feb 2013
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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
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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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Moment Of Dislocation., 2 April 2010
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Being someone who despises Pantomine I have to admit that I approached this book with some trepidation. To my suprise however I found it quite enjoyable. The first fifty pages are excellent, establishing Benny as working on the university planet of Dellah and also giving the reader a very good idea of what Dellah is actually like. After that Benny finds herself seemingly trapped in a Pantomine along with many of her friends and colleagues, while another group of Dellah academics find themselves on the run from the alien Grel.

As I have said I loathe Pantomine so Benny's adventures in the land of Pantomine did feel like they went on for a very long time. However Paul Cornell's writing was sufficient enough to keep me reading, and I loved the fact that Benny was clearly hating being trapped in Pantomine. When the explanation as to how Benny ended up there arrives, Cornell manages to tie up all the plot strands superbly and ends the book very satisfyingly.

With the benefit of hindsight "Oh No It Isnt" may not have been the best book to start the Benny New Adventures but it is nevertheless a very good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 19 Jun 1999
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This review is from: Oh No it Isn't! (New Adventures) (Mass Market Paperback)
Paul Cornell is definitely in my top three of the best New Adventure authors.
What a brilliantly funny way to start of the new New Adventures. I absolutely adored a speaking Wolsey!
Keep up the great work, Mr. Cornell.
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