The Bone of Contention

The Bone of Contention
The Bone of Contention

Regular Cast

Lisa Bowerman (Bernice Summerfield), Robin Bowerman (Mordecan), Tracey Childs (Director Tsheshra), Steffan Rhodri (Commander Korshal)


It’s good to get away from the joys of motherhood once in a while. So when the Perloran government call upon Bernice Summerfield to recover a state treasure, she readily obliges. Trouble is, the previous Perloran government traded the artefact away to the Galyari, and to the Galyari, a deal is a deal.

So when Benny arrives on the Clutch to ask if the Perlorans can have their Bone back, she soon realises she has her work cut out for her. Work that’s complicated significantly by a frightened young Galyari who latches onto her, as if to prove that when it comes to the joys of motherhood, there is no escape. And the growing pains of this particular youngster are set to prove very painful indeed.

Written by: Simon Forward

Directed by: Edward Salt



  • The Bone of Contention was the second story of the fifth season of the Big Finish Bernice Summerfield series.
  • Bernice is at the Clutch on behalf of the Perloran government. She is investigating the possibility of returning the Wishing Bone of Perlor, a priceless artefact sold to the Galyari, in exchange for Galyari weapons which they purchased from Mordecan five years earlier.
  • The Perlorans are rebuilding their planet after a civil war, which resulted from a coup d’état against the previous government by the rebels, who are now in power.
  • Bernice travelled to the Clutch aboard a Perloran Mule-class freighter, which they had equipped with a mini-bar.
  • Commander Korshal would later encounter the Seventh Doctor, Ace and Hex in Uluru City. (Dreamtime)
  • The Galyari and the Clutch appeared in The Sandman. As they still fear the Sandman, this story takes place before the events of that story..


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