Alex talks to Lisa Bowerman about playing a popular space and time travelling archaeologist in radio style dramas for the best part of a decade. Professor Benny Summerfield started off as a Doctor Who character in the novels published by Virgin in the 90s and then became the first human companion* to get her own solo series, first in print and then on CDs sold in specialist shops.
*following K9‘s TV pilot and quartet of books in the early 80s. The one off TV show “K9 & company: A girl’s best friend” featured Sarah Jane Smith, but she didn’t get her own audio series until 2002, TV series (named after her rather her dog) until 2006 (although she also cameoed in the UNIT video drama Downtime in 1995)Â and novels until 2007.
Links: Buy Benny CDs from www.bigfinish.com
Listen to Alex’s documentary about Bernice Summerfield part one / part two
Lisa’s entry at the IMDb
Info about Lisa’s photography business
Wikipedia page on Benny Summerfield