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Bernice Summerfield - New Adventures - Volume 1
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Reviewed By: JMChurch25Review Date: 2/19/19 5:25 pm
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When a fateful reunion occurs in a tavern on an alien world, a new adventure begins for Bernice Summerfield as she's desperate to get off-world dragging along a drunken and unusually disoriented Doctor. From there, "The Revolution" turns into a very odd opener for the first 'New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield' set that includes bike chases, surprise manipulators, and perhaps one of the strangest yet surprisingly creative premises I've ever heard in a Doctor Who audio.

While the plot is very much on the standard side with Benny and the Doctor moving from place to place being chased and shouted dialogue at, the surprise ideas that this story ends up working with are surprisingly novel and frankly hilarious. I wasn't sure frankly what to initially expect going into this first set (as I'd heard the second series with Sutekh prior) but what I certainly wasn't expecting was how laugh out loud hilarious this first story would be. The comedy in Nev Fountain's script is some of the weirdest and yet funniest you'll ever hear in a Doctor Who audio and the writing successfully inverts the normal relationship between the Doctor and his companion so that the companion has to be the driving force of the story while the Doctor is dragged along for the ride. It suits the premise of these 'Bernice Summerfield' sets very nicely and it's so strange and yet oddly satisfying to hear this happen to McCoy's incarnation in particular who almost hurts things more than helps in more ways than once especially once you realize what's truly happened to cause the situation.

The cast are all good with Lisa Bowerman immediately re-establishing herself as a great leading lady, McCoy is downright hilarious with touches of his Doctor edge hidden beneath random lines and drunken ramblings, and the side cast is almost something you'd hear in a Douglas Adams script with how strange and yet oddly suited they are to this universe. This is certainly not going to be everyone's cup of tea as the humor is a bit out of the norm and the formulaic plot can get tiresome especially with a lackluster villain or two. But for what it's worth, I personally had a ball with 'Revolution' and was a tad sad to see it end as the main plot began to kick in for the rest of the set.
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Reviewed By: newt5996Review Date: 6/10/15 4:45 pm
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Alright, so to open the New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield we get The Revolution by Nev Fountain which involves a comedic debate between science versus religion and works as a great introduction to the character of Bernice Summerfield. And did I mention it was comedic, because there were points where I was laughing out loud and my family looked at me as if I had gone crazy.

Sylvester McCoy and Lisa Bowermen are having a riot with the script, both playing their characters as drunk throughout the production. Some of their timing and word play is just worked in so well it is difficult to believe how good it gets. Also Fountain once again impresses with a timey wimey story line that takes exposition at the end to explain a rather humorous twist that only works in an audio format. Bowerman in particular steals the show with McCoy's Doctor being basically the companion in this story which works well considering this is The New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield and not The New Adventures of the Seventh Doctor. Also that really doesn't have as nice of a ring to it. Also there are some great references to Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which really is the tone of this hour long adventure.

Now that I've praised this thing to death there is one really big negative about it. That is the villain of the piece, Inquisitor Xavier played by Miles Jupp. He is the weak link in the cast and really doesn't do any of the comedy well in comparison to the rest of the cast. Still if you're looking for a way to spend a fun hour this is definitely one to think of giving a listen.
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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 9/21/14 7:44 pm
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I thought this was a lot of fun. Its not a deep complex story, but it is a great opportunity for Benny to be reunited with the Doctor.

For starters it is a good to have stories where the Doctor is the companion rather than the other way around. Benny handles this scenario really well while the Doctor is just an odd man with a hat trying to keep up with her.

The story starts with a mystery, and typical for Benny its really a hang over mystery and the question of "how did we get here" which they don't have time to answer because everyone is trying to shoot them. It then becomes "runaway from the bad guys until we figure it all out" during which the Doctor comes up with some very odd ideas about what is going on and some even crazier ideas about what to do.

In the end, it all makes timey wimey sense.

Lisa Bowerman plays Benny as well as she ever has and Sylv has a lot of fun playing the comical seventh doctor (quite a releif after all the dark doctor stories he's done)
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Reviewed By: RyanOM1991Review Date: 8/29/14 2:57 pm
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Solid, diverting - not bad!

First point - this isn't a Doctor Who story as such. It's a Bernice Summerfield story with the Doctor in it. Keep this in mind when going into it and you should enjoy it.

The story itself is imaginative and has a novel setting. Nev Fountain does well to create a world through subtle lines and nuances in the script.

Bowerman and McCoy are both good.

But that's the problem. It's good. But it feels overly familiar and not particularly inventive.

On the whole, it's well produced and entertaining for an hour, but some might not be able to help thinking that it's a little formulaic - surprising, given the significant shift in setting at the end.

A good go at humour but misses the target on quite a few occasions. A romp. Nothing more, nothing less.