Professor Bernice Summerfield is contracted by a man named Lynton, claiming to be a representative of a mining consortium whose operations on Tysir IV have been brought to a screeching halt by an underground discovery that could be of great archaeological importance. That, and the fact that he’s a fan of Benny’s books, is what prompted him to secure her services to investigate the find. Benny warns Lynton that her appraisal can’t be bought for any price, but when she sees it for herself – with Lynton insisting that he must accompany her – she is stunned: a huge metallic structure with doors has been uncovered. Once she and Lynton figure out how to open the doors – which can only be unlocked by solving a logic puzzle – Benny realizes that the enormous chambers are a sleeping tomb of Cybermen. And only then does she realize that Lynton knew this all along. But why would he want to unleash the Cybermen?
written by Colin Brake
directed by Gary Russell
music by David Darlington
Cast: Lisa Bowerman (Professor Bernice Summerfield), Nicholas Briggs (Lynton/Cyberman), Gary Russell (Computer voice)
Notes: Silver Lining isn’t connected to Big Finish’s wider Cyberman saga, which is based on the situation and characters of the second Paul McGann audio play, Sword Of Orion. This story was included on a free CD given away with Doctor Who Magazine with the UNIT prelude story, The Coup.
LogBook entry by Earl Green