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The Doomsday Manuscript
Series: Big Finish - Bernice Summerfield Series
Release Number: 1
Main Character: Bernice Summerfield
Featuring: Irving Braxiatel
Enemy: Fifth Axis
Setting: Braxiatel Collection, 31st December, 2599
Habadoss, January, 2600
Kasagrad, January, 2600
Author: Justin Richards
Publisher: Big Finish
Publication: November, 2000
Format: Paperback Book, 213 Pages
ISBN: ISBN 1-903-65404-1
Previous Story: The Dead Men Diaries
Following Story: The Gods of the Underworld


Publisher's Summary

The Doomsday Manuscript is the key to finding the Lost Tomb of Rablev and, legend has it, if the tomb is ever opened, the world will end. With the party at the Braxiatel Collection (home to one half of the Doomsday Manuscript) to celebrate the new millennium underway, Benny finds herself drawn into a web of mystery and intrigue that starts with death and gets more serious at every stage. Can she find the second half of the Doomsday Manuscript before it falls into the wrong hands?

Then there's the Fifth Axis, a callous force which assimilates territories and acquires art treasures and other archaeological finds, who are very interested in Kasagrad -- the last neutral planet in the Assimilated Territories. Strategically vital and protected from the Fifth Axis by its impenetrable defence systems, will Benny find the Lost Tomb there? And can she squeeze in another drink at "Piccolini's" -- favourite haunt of black marketeers, spies, counterfeiters, Fifth Axis officers, and desperate archaeologists -- before the end of the world?


  • Kolonel Daglan Straklant
  • Is Killoran
  • Head of construction at the Braxiatel Collection.
  • Adrian Wall isn't his real name (as that's practically unpronounceable for humanoids).
  • He's about 8 feet tall.
  • Ms Jones
  • Head of administration at the Braxiatel Collection.
  • Is fond of Wolsey.
  • Mr Crofton
  • The Braxiatel Collection's groundskeeper.
  • Has his paw broken by Daglan Straklant.
  • Has his paw fixed by Ms Jones with genetic binding ointment.
  • Broderick Naismith
  • Chief Publicity Relations Officer at the Braxiatel Collection.
  • No one's ever met him, aside from Irving Braxiatel.


  • Irving Braxiatel gives Benny a replacement Joseph.
  • The Fifth Axis; is the local meglomaniacal superpower that is taking over planets and space in the local area, generally not friendly or nice.
  • Braxiatel owns champagne glasses molded on Marie Antoinette's breasts.


  • This is the first full length novel published by Big Finish as part of the Bernice Summerfield series.
  • At the start of the novel is a Welcome to the Braxiatel Collection PR document, which sets out various things about the collection, and as it states is a 'working document' and comes complete with deliberate spelling mistakes/grammar mistakes.
  • Cover by Carolyn Edwards. The likeness of Bernice is based on Lisa Bowerman, and the image on the back cover of Jason Kane is based on Stephen Fewell.


  • Benny stands in awe in Braxiatel's Garden of Whispers, not for the first time, as this is where she first met Braxiatel in NA: Theatre of War (however this has occurred for Bernice, but not for Braxiatel).
  • The Braxiatel Collection was first mentioned in DW: City of Death.


External Links

  • Doctor Who Reference Guide - Detailed Synopsis - The Doomsday Manuscript
  • The Whoniverse - The Discontinuity Guide to: The Doomsday Manuscript
  • Big Finish The Doomsday Manuscript page

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