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OUT OF THE TARDIS Lisa Bowerman

Doctor Who Magazine’s TARDIS tin contains 120 tantalising, taxing and trivial questions. Each interviewee must answer a random selection…
Lisa Bowerman prepares to take her first question from the TARDIS tin.

Earlier this year Lisa Bowerman was part of the ‘Gallifrey Waits No More’ panel at the Gallifrey One convention in Los Angeles. One of the main topics of conversation was the casting of Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor. “They were saying, ‘Oh, we don’t have any strong female characters,’” Lisa recalls, “and I tentatively put my hand up and said, ‘Actually, I’ve been playing one for 20 years.’” Two decades ago, Lisa made her debut as time-travelling archaeologist Professor Bernice Summerfield on audio for Big Finish. “Benny is the continuously longest running companion who’s never been on television,” says Lisa, laughing. “She was created by Paul Cornell in 1992 as a companion for the Seventh Doctor in Virgin’s New Adventures novels after Doctor Who finished on TV in 1989. When the TV Movie came out Virgin lost the rights to do Doctor Who novels – that had gone back to the BBC – but they kept Bernice Summerfield as a solo entity because she’d been so successful.”

In 1998 Big Finish decided to produce professional CD audio dramas starring the character.

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SERIES 11 COMPANIONS MANDIP GILL AND TOSIN COLE WRITE FOR DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE! READ THEIR DOCTOR WHO DIARY IN THE LATEST ISSUE. Doctor Who Magazine 529 also includes: • Meet the writers and directors of Series 11 • An interview with Roy Scammell, who was part of Doctor Who's stunt team in the 1970s • The life and work of Don Harper, the composer responsible for the soundtrack to 1968 epic The Invasion • Big Finish's Lisa Bowerman answers questions from the TARDIS tin • Games company Gale Force 9 reveal the background to Time of the Daleks • A tribute to Alan Bennion, who played three Ice Warriors in the 1960s and 70s • Part Six of The Clockwise War, a new comic strip adventure featuring the Doctor and Bill • The Time Team watches three pseudo-historical Doctor Who stories • The Fact of Fiction explores the 2013 Eleventh Doctor story Hide • Third Doctor cosplay with Rob Lloyd • Previews, audio, DVD and game reviews, news, The Blogs of Doom, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!