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The Shadow of the Scourge
(Paul Cornell)


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 October 2000's release, called "The Shadow of the Scourge", is a Seventh Doctor and Ace story written by Paul Cornell and directed by Gary Russell. It was originally titled "The Summoning", and then "The Summoning of the Scourge". Recorded on the 29th and 30th July 2000 this story was originally due for a December 2000 release but it swapped places with "The Mutant Phase" and so was made available at the end of October instead.

 Starring Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred this story also introduces the New Adventures companion Bernice Summerfield, played by Lisa Bowerman, back into the Doctor Who range since the end of Virgin Books 'The New Adventures' stories where she travelled with The Doctor and Ace for many adventures (see below for more details). Also starring are: Holly King, Caroline Burns-Cook, Lennox Greaves, Michael Piccarilli, Nigel Fairs, and Peter Trapani.

 The Pinehill Crest Hotel in Kent is host to three very different events: a cross-stitch convention, an experiment in time travel and... the summoning of the Scourge. The Doctor's arrival, with his two companions Ace and Bernice, is deliberately timed and they soon find themselves trapped within the hotel and facing, along with the hotel guests, a nightmare beyond everyone's wildest imagination.

The Dream Team
Sylvester McCoy
with Sophie and Lisa
 The Doctor, Ace and Bernice find themselves not only trapped within the hotel but having to deal with a dead body that has come back to life. There is also the threat from creatures from another universe who are ready for every trick The Doctor has up his sleeve. But according to The Doctor everything is going exactly to plan even when he announces to the Scourge 'I offer you the unconditional surrender of the planet Earth'. This time though it would appear that The Doctor has gone too far. Is he being turned into one of the monsters and is he really willing to betray not only Earth and the entire human race but also the whole universe?

 As the Scourge set about transforming their hosts The Doctor finds himself having to rely on his two companions to prevent things from getting fully out of control. Ace, so that she can get close to the Scourge, gets herself deafened while Benny ventures into the depths of The Doctor's mind. But even these attempts to help prove not to be enough. It is left up to the comatose Doctor to not only defeat his own demons but also to prevent the Scourge legion from materialising on Earth and so sealing the fate of the whole universe...



Benny is Back!


Book - Love and War
Love and War
(Paul Cornell)

 New Adventures companion and archaeologist Bernice Summerfield, played by Lisa Bowerman, is back in the Doctor Who range since the end of Virgin Books 'The New Adventures' stories. Benny, as she preferred to be called, was originally created by Paul Cornell for Doctor Who and travelled with The Doctor for 44 adventures, from 1992 to 1997, as well on her own in her own series of books and audios.

 Her first adventure with The Doctor was in the story "Love and War". She meets The Doctor and Ace while she is on an expedition on the planet Heaven where her destiny is inextricably linked with that of The Doctor. After the departure of fellow companion Ace and the introduction of two other companions her final story with The Doctor was in "The Dying Days".

 But now she is back and part of the team which is helping to keep Doctor Who alive.

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Notes:
  • Featuring the Seventh Doctor, Ace and Bernice Summerfield.
  • Serial Number: SS1
  • Number of Episodes: 4
  • Cover Length: 135 minutes
  • Episode Lengths: 1 = 31'43", 2 = 29'38", 3 = 32'06", 4 = 37'09"
  • This story takes place between Virgin Publishing's New Adventures novels 'All-Consuming Fire' and 'Blood Harvest'.
  • Cover Illustration: Clayton Hickman
  • Recorded: 29th and 30th July 2000
  • Recording Location: Skylight Studios
  • Released: October 2000
  • ISBN: 1-903654-20-3

On the Back Cover:

 The Pinehill Crest Hotel in Kent is host to three very different events: a cross-stitch convention, an experiment in time travel and... the summoning of the Scourge.

 The Doctor, Bernice and Ace find themselves dealing with a dead body that has come back to life, a mystical symbol that possesses its host, and a threat from another universe that is ready for every trick The Doctor's got up his sleeve.

 This time, has The Doctor gone too far?
 

On the Inside Cover:

 My favourite era of Doctor Who is the run of Virgin Publishing's New Adventures novels edited by Rebecca Levene. I'm very nostalgic about the feeling of shared adventure that Rebecca and publisher Peter Darvill-Evans created for the authors working under them.

 During that era, Sylvester McCoy's Doctor was tested to breaking point, Ace grew up, changed, and finally settled down, and Bernice Summerfield arrived to comment wryly on the action. I've thought of Lisa as the perfect Bernice since I first heard her starring as my favourite archaeologist in Big Finish's other range of audios, and to write for Sylvester and Sophie is a dream come true.

 I never thought I'd get to write another New Adventure, but it seems that even in one's thirties, one sometimes does get the chance to go home again.
Paul Cornell,
July 2000
 

Full Cast List:

Part One
The Doctor Sylvester McCoy
Ace Sophie Aldred
Bernice Summerfield Lisa Bowerman
Annie Carpenter Holly King
Mary Hughes Caroline Burns-Cook
Brian Hughes Lennox Greaves
Michael Pembroke Michael Piccarilli
Gary Williams Nigel Fairs
Scourge Leader Peter Trapani
 
Part Two
The Doctor Sylvester McCoy
Ace Sophie Aldred
Bernice Summerfield Lisa Bowerman
Scourge Leader Peter Trapani
Mary Hughes Caroline Burns-Cook
Annie Carpenter Holly King
Brian Hughes Lennox Greaves
Michael Pembroke Michael Piccarilli
Gary Williams Nigel Fairs
 
Part Three
The Doctor Sylvester McCoy
Ace Sophie Aldred
Bernice Summerfield Lisa Bowerman
Gary Williams Nigel Fairs
Michael Pembroke Michael Piccarilli
Scourge Leader Peter Trapani
Brian Hughes Lennox Greaves
Annie Carpenter Holly King
 
Part Four
The Doctor Sylvester McCoy
Ace Sophie Aldred
Bernice Summerfield Lisa Bowerman
Michael Pembroke Michael Piccarilli
Brian Hughes Lennox Greaves
Scourge Leader Peter Trapani
Gary Williams Nigel Fairs
Annie Carpenter Holly King

The Production Team:

Writer Paul Cornell
Director Gary Russell
Sound/Music Alistair Lock
Theme Music Mark Ayres
Producers Gary Russell and
Jason Haigh-Ellery
Executive Producer for the BBC Jaqueline Rayner
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