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Alastair Reynolds
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4 Jun 2013 Doctor Who
From award-winning science-fiction writer Alastair Reynolds, a spellbinding new adventure featuring the Third Doctor. 

After billions of years of imprisonment, the vicious Sild have broken out of confinement. From a ruined world at the end of time, they make preparations to conquer the past, with the ultimate goal of rewriting history. But to achieve their aims, they will need to enslave an intellect greater than their own...

On Earth, UNIT is called in to investigate a mysterious incident on a North Sea drilling platform. The Doctor believes something is afoot, and no sooner has the investigation begun when something even stranger takes hold: the Brigadier is starting to forget about UNIT's highest-profile prisoner. And he is not alone in his amnesia.

As the Sild invasions begins, the Doctor faces a terrible dilemma. To save the universe, he must save his arch-nemesis...the Master.

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  • Paperback: 367 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books (4 Jun 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385346808
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385346801
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 20.3 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 897,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alastair Reynolds was born in Barry, South Wales, in 1966. He studied at Newcastle and St Andrews Universities and has a Ph.D. in astronomy. Since 1991 he has lived in the Netherlands, near Leiden. He gave up working as an astrophysicist for the European Space Agency to become a full-time writer. Revelation space and Pushing Ice were shortlisted for the Arthur C Clarke Award; Revelation space, Absolution Gape, Diamond Dogs and Century Rain were shortlisted for the British Science Fiction Award and Chasm City won the British Science Fiction Award.

Revelation Space Trilogy:

Revelation Space
Redemption Ark
Absolution Gap

Standalone novels:

Chasm City
Century Rain
Pushing Ice
The Prefect
House of Suns
Terminal World


Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days
Galactic North
Zima Blue and Other Stories

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"No Who fan should miss it." (The Sun)

"Immediately confounds expectations." (SFX)

"An excellent read with lots of action and witty by-play" (Bolton News)

"Partly an intriguing sci-fi story.partly an indulgent second-childhood romp. Who can't find the fun in that?" (Doctor Who Magazine)

"Harvest of Time is easily one of the best original Doctor Who novels" (Kool TV) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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The thrilling Doctor Who adventure, by one of the world's most renowned science fiction writers now in paperback. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Would've made a great tv story. 12 Sep 2013
By Timelord007 TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Alistair Reynolds you know your Third Doctor this is a epic Third Doctor adventure read superbly by Geoffrey Beevers(Big Finish audio Master & Master in The Keeper of Traken).

I wont give away to much but i would say if this story was made for the tv series it would've been one of the best Third Doctor storys made.

Reynolds writing of the Pertwee era's characters is spot on & he also captures that Third Doctor/Master relationship of Good vs Evil with a underlined hint of friendship simmering beneath.

One of the best Who storys in ages & adapted well to Audiobook.

Recommended for any Third Doctor Who fans.

Then again Recommended full stop to any fans wanting a tense engaging story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just what the Doctor ordered! 8 Jun 2013
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Finally!!! And THANK YOU Alastair Reynolds, Mr, Sir. This lovingly written book is a complete gem. It perfectly captures the spirit of the Pertwee era right down to the smallest detail - like Mike Yates eating a ham sandwich, much to the annoyance of the Brigadier. You can actually remember seeing that scene on the black and white telly in the corner of your parent's living room. This book is THAT good. The dialog between the main characters rings so MANY familiar bells, you can hear every word just as if it was being spoken by the actors who played the roles.

If this WAS an actual aired story from the Pertwee era we would all (still) be talking about it even now as a 'classic'. Its as if Reynolds was channelling Malcolm Hulke AND Barry Letts, whilst Terrance Dicks looked on and occasionally passed him scribbled notes on continuity.

Sit back, open this book, and be transported back to saturday teatime, 1972ish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Harvest of Time 24 Jun 2013
By Keen Reader TOP 100 REVIEWER
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I was very exicted about the prospect of a Doctor Who book by Alastair Reynolds, but also a bit nervous (memories of Michael Moorcock's efforts). This book was a total triumph. Alastair Reynolds has taken his skill as a sci-fi writer, and his obvious knowledge of and love for classic Doctor Who and written a brilliant Third Doctor story. Set after the Sea Devils story, this has the Third Doctor as portrayed by Jon Pertwee teamed up against Roger Delgado's Master. Old friends, older adversaries, the shared heritage that the Doctor and the Master have always showed through in unique ways in the Third Doctor era stories. And this has been captured perfectly in this story.

The Doctor and Jo investigate issues on oil rigs north of the coast of Scotland. Unknown to them, a small team from the Ministry of Defence is also doing some research of their own, utilising the skills of Prisoner M - a top security prisoner being held at the Durlston Heath complex under total lockdown. Or is he?

This story utilises the brilliant classic Third Doctor, Jo, and the UNIT team with the Brigadier, Mike Yates, Benton. There are helicopter rides, aliens from time and space, Timelord history, and good old 1970 English life portrayed in the book. The aliens are suitably alien, the bad guys are suitably evil, the Master and the Doctor are perfectly portrayed, down to mannerisms and conversational patterns. The author has written a total `classic' Doctor Who story, and one that will rightfully take pride of place in the Doctor Who novelisations. (But I did feel sorry for the cows!). I heartily hope that Mr Reynolds has plans to write some more Doctor Who.

Totally recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who 27 Aug 2013
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A fantastic classic .story set during the Doctor's Third Regeneration (Jon Pertwee) featuring the Master and of course UNIT, Well written with a deadly swam in the Sild. For those of us old enough to remember the original series pre the re launch and ideal for new fans to discover the past
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5.0 out of 5 stars I am the master, and you will remember me 17 Aug 2014
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How to add anything to the vast body of justified positive reaction to Harvest of Time?

There is next to nothing to fault.

Alastair Reynolds reminds us that Jon Pertwee's time as Doctor Who was something to celebrate, not leave out in the cold. He captures Roger Delgado's performance as the Master wistfully well, and uses the scope of the prose form to add unexpected depth. Katy Manning's Jo Grant jumps off the page too, with the addition of a little inner life of her own. He even pays wheezing, groaning homage to the Target house style.

"Harvest of Time" runs nose to nose with, and maybe a little ahead of, Mark Gatiss's "Last of the Gaderene". With all the right notes in the right order, it's a reminder that an untarnished English 1970s pop culture icon should be treasured to the last smear of video flare and frame of grainy location film.
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A story involving the third Doctor, Jo Grant, Unit, and others. This feels very much like season 8 with perfectly recognisable characters. These ARE the versions of your much-loved characters and Alistair Reynolds deserves buckets of praise for this book.

The main plot involving activities on oil rigs feels so right and a fast pace makes this story rattle along nicely. The scenes where the first aliens appear are particularly tense.

I wish all Doctor Who books could be this good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Harvest of Time 8 July 2013
By TomCat
In many ways Doctor Who is perfect fodder for Alastair Reynolds. Just as time and memory are the major thematic preoccupations of the T.V show, so too have they become significant subjects of Reynolds' recent work. 'House of Suns (GOLLANCZ S.F.)' has that brilliant moment when the protagonists discover they were complicit in a horrific genocide thousands of years ago, and which has since been erased from their memories: a moment that forces the reader to morally re-conceptualise most of the book's cast. 'Terminal World' is set on a far-future terraformed Mars that has lost its own history and fallen into almost total decay; it features a troupe of characters who struggle (in a Gene Wolfe's Book of the New Sun- kinda way) against the remnants of high technology and the weight of a past they can't possibly understand. And most recently 'Blue Remembered Earth (Poseidons Children 1)' is an unusual SF novel written in the literary mode of the Family Saga, in which two siblings have to come to terms with the painful fact that their family's history isn't what they thought it was.

As its name suggests, 'Harvest of Time' continues this examination of time and memory, albeit in a more light-hearted and playful way than Reynolds' most recent novels. The book features the third incarnation of the Doctor (played in the show by Jon Pertwee), exiled on Earth in the early 1970's (so, in essence, it's the reader who's travelling back in time...).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read.
Good book. Nice item for a Dr Who fan.
Published 1 month ago by Gail Shaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift purchase
Purchased for a gift, just the right amout of packaging
Published 2 months ago by Brian K. Stacey
5.0 out of 5 stars Dr who at his finest
I gave this book 5 stars as I found it a thoroughly involving read. The Doctor and the Master are their usual selves, but with a new side at times, a new aspect to their... Read more
Published 2 months ago by brian wise
5.0 out of 5 stars My current favourite British sf author delivers a book based on my ...
My current favourite British sf author delivers a book based on my all-time favourite tv show. Who could ask for more?
Published 2 months ago by Mr. D. A. Jacovelli
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed feelings...
It's Alastair Reynolds and it's Doctor Who. If you are a fan of both then you should buy this book. At least, that's what I thought... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Paul Laville
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story with plenty of Third Doctor elements
This is a well written and entertaining Doctor Who story that, for the most part, ably captures the style, feel and essence of the Jon Pertwee tenure, particularly the middle years... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Alaran
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it, read it, enjoy it! Classic Dr Who.
Great storyline and characterisation! Will look forward to reading it again soon! Classic Dr who at its best. Definitely one for the collection
Published 4 months ago by M. Powers
5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding
ahead of it's time?, TV Drs change as and when but literary speaking can be any Dr at any time in any order
Published 5 months ago by Gerard Anthony Rostron
3.0 out of 5 stars Kind of ok in a nostalgic sort of way
This is well written and accurately captures the style of Dr Who from the 70s so well done Alastair on those points. Unfortunately it just isn't that interesting as a story.
Published 5 months ago by Chris
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, solid adventure.
I found a lot to like about this book, especially giving the Master a lot of centre stage and having some character development, which is rare for Doctor Who. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Shane Rivett
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