Samantha 'Sam' Vernon, is portrayed by Samantha Birch, and one of Bernard's Friends making her first appearance in the series 5 episode Changing Times. She likes acting and helps Bernard whenever she can. It is implied that Bernard met her prior to series 5 and he returns to England to see her. She finds out about the watch in A Very Important Time in which she prevents it from getting damaged after which Bernard lets her borrow it occasionally. In Doing Time she is mentioned to be Bernard's future wife, whether this is true or not is pretty well known although possible romantic feelings between them have previously been hinted.