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4.6 - Bernice Summerfield and The Criminal Code

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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 10/3/15 7:10 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Lisa Bowerman is given the role of narrator in this seventh Doctor story. Playing the part of Bernice Summerfield, she is accompanying the Doctor at a conference. A conference about language what sparks Bernice curiosity is when a banished language, a language which is considered evil is mentioned in one of the conferences. A young attendee at the conference strikes up a conversation with Bernice after she realises that Bernice is a friend of the Doctor. After a conversation about the "banned" language Bernice feels she ought to find out more why this language had been banned. As you can image this is the journey down the rabbit hole for Bernice which leads her to the academics who want either to find out more or to discover the language itself. However anyone who has tried to discover more about the language as been arrested, or even worse have disappeared. Bernice learns that there are others who apparently have fragments, items, where the language is upon. Bernice get drawn deeper and deeper into finding out more about why this has been hidden, and more over what has happened to those that had tried to find out more. Bernice goes through a series of escapades to find the truth, when she does it comes as quite a shock, especially to Bernice....


Lisa is an accomplished producer, actor and writer, and is no stranger to the Big Finish world, in all shapes and guises, however, this is a difficult beast to drive, a solitary story line, with only the briefest assistance from another actor. So it is imperative that she is able to hold your concentration with the Eddie Robson story. I think that the story is intriguing and has good pace, and also generates an interest proposition, however I think that Lisa is not best suited at the delivery, she is far better when she is sparking off a cast of people. This is due to her ever present enthusiastic style and general high energy portrayal of the character of Bernice. It does not quite work in giving me the same sort of result as say Peter Purvis in his Companion releases, or Frazer Hines. I think although a decent story, it is let down by the almost Jackanory/Book at Bedtime style. For that it is not the best release in this series that I have listened too.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 5/26/15 8:27 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

This story had a very solid hook with the idea of a society forbidding a language, and the mystery that surrounds it. Once the story gets going, Bernice Summerfield is able to work a very confused and archaic system quite nicely to get her way.

This is an okay story despite its faults. The big one is that it's an interesting story in the middle with too much exposition in the beginning and at the end. While a little bit of exposition is almost always necessary, it seemed interminable in this one. I also thought Bowerman struggled a bit with pacing this just right, particularly with the back story she had to share. Plus, she kind of struggled with capturing McCoy's essence. I also had mixed feelings on the end.

Still, there are fun concepts in the story, and despite a few iffy moments, this is an enjoyable listen.
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Reviewed By: jolyonReview Date: 5/31/14 7:09 pm
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

It's funny how the order you listen to these adventures can have an impact on how you assess them. Only yesterday I was reviewing 'Survival of the Fittest' with a plot made possible by highlighting the importance of the TARDIS to make communication with aliens possible. What was once a 'Time Lord gift' is crucial to this story as well, but used in a very different but equally clever way to forward the plot. The conceit of the Criminal Code provides enough material to get to the midpoint, allowing for an action-packed second episode.

Lisa Bowerman is great as Bernice and she is given a good story to tell. The framing device for telling the story works perfectly.
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Reviewed By: scmatkinsReview Date: 7/11/11 12:58 pm
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Lisa Bowerman is one of the very best of Big Finish's large selection of high class narrators. I could listen to her all day, she's superb. The story itself is entertaining and interesting for the duration, and it would be nice to see some more 7 and Benny adventures, as they make a good team.