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4.0 out of 5 stars New kid (and old monsters) on the block
"On the morning of 12 October 2021 Hex woke up. He was expecting to go to work at St Gart's in London as normal and, that evening, have a great time in the bar of the White Rabbit, celebrating his 23rd birthday.

"But after his ex-flatmate is wheeled into A&E following a bike accident, and the strange young woman from Human Resources tries to chat him up AND an...
Published on 19 May 2007 by M. Wilberforce

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3.0 out of 5 stars New companion, old monsters
Thanks to being the incumbent TARDIS crew at the time of the TV series cancellation, the 7th Doctor and Ace had already been the basis for masses of spin-off comics strips/novels/fan-produced audios long before Big Finish started using them for their audio releases. With the relationship between Ace and the Doctor feeling rather tired The Harvest serves primarily as a...
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4.0 out of 5 stars New kid (and old monsters) on the block, 19 May 2007
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"On the morning of 12 October 2021 Hex woke up. He was expecting to go to work at St Gart's in London as normal and, that evening, have a great time in the bar of the White Rabbit, celebrating his 23rd birthday.

"But after his ex-flatmate is wheeled into A&E following a bike accident, and the strange young woman from Human Resources tries to chat him up AND an eight-foot tall guy in a Merc tries to run him down, Hex realises things are not going quite as he expected.

"Then in a Shoreditch car park he meets the enigmatic Doctor, who explains that he's an extra-terrestrial investigator and something very strange is going on up on the thirty-first floor of St Gart's.

"Therefore, aided and abetted by the Doctor, and his other new friend, 'Just McShane', Hex decides to investigate. Trouble is, everything that goes on at the hospital is being observed and noted by the occupants of the thirty-first floor; occupants who are none too pleased that people are poking their noses into business that doesn't concern them; occupants who will go to extraordinary lengths to ensure that no one discovers the truth..."

In "The Harvest", writer Dan Abnett has the privilege of introducing the Doctor and Ace's new travelling companion, Thomas "Hex" Schofield (Philip Olivier). He also provides many of the classic ingredients for a successful story: a hospital setting, a misguided scientist who is carrying out unpleasant experiments at the behest of a persuasive villain, and the return of a classic monster, the identity of which I won't spoil for you in this review (although it is common knowledge to many by now).

The story plays out primarily from the perspective of new boy Hex, a young northern medical student who turns out to be a very likeable character, in over his head but determined to find out what has happened to his late ex-housemate. It is through his concern for his ex-housemate that he becomes involved in the unpleasant goings-on at St Garts and attracts the ire of the secretive villains of the piece, before falling in with the Doctor and Ace ("Just McShane"), who are the only people in St Gart's who can protect him and who seem to know what's going on.

Aside from a slightly intrusive, fast-paced musical score, The Harvest is a well put-together production featuring good performances from the regulars (including the often variable Sophie Aldred) and with a strong guest cast (Richard Derrington is convincing as the misguided Doctor Stephen Farrer, Paul Lacoux suitably cowardly as the hapless Doctor Mark Mathias, and David Warwick arrogantly officious as the villainous Garnier). The story's near future London setting gives it a gritty edge and helps us to identify with the characters and the threat that the Harvest represents. Hex makes a promising start as a companion and the development of his relationship with the well-established crew of the Doctor and Ace will be interesting to follow in future plays.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hex meets the Doctor and Ace and faces the Cybermen, 28 Jan 2014
This review is from: The Harvest (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
`The Harvest' starring Sylvester McCoy, Sophie Aldred and Phillip Olivier is a tense and gripping audio drama that really works. It's such an exciting story to listen to, and I enjoyed it. It features the return of some old foes and introduces the start of a new companion for the Doctor. You really won't regret listening to this. It's brilliant.

This is the third of a trilogy of stories featuring the Cybermen that started with 'The Reaping' and 'The Gathering'. But it wasn't always like this. For a start, `The Harvest' was made before `The Reaping' and `The Gathering' was ever made. But with clever plot threads and story weaving, Joseph Lidster decided to interlink his two fantastic plays into this one written by Dan Abnett. Dan is a very clever writer for writing strong drama and from his experience of working in comics makes the action dynamic and enjoyable to listen to. He expresses a fondness for writing the Seventh Doctor and Ace and has had the pleasure of introducing a new companion in the form of Hex.

The story of `The Harvest' is about a young man named Thomas Hector Schofield - Hex to his friends - who works at St. Gart's Hospital in Shoreditch, London. It's his birthday on the 12th October 2021. And it's not going very well. For one thing a flatmate of his has recently been reported to A&E at the hospital and soon reported dead. Hex is upset at this and can't have the heart or stomach to go to his birthday party at the White Rabbit.

He meets an attractive girl who works in Human Resources called Dorothy McShane (or `Just McShane' as she prefers to be called). Becoming friends, Hex shares his grief over the loss of his friend with `McShane'. Eventually Hex gets run over by a jerk in a car trying to kill him before `McShane' saves his life. Curious about `McShane' going into a junkyard in Totter's Lane, he follows her to find an old battered blue box. Curiosity getting the better of him, he's allowed inside to find the blue box bigger on the inside than the outside. He meets `McShane' and a mysterious man with an umbrella who calls himself - `the Doctor'.

This is a great introductory story for Phillip Olivier as the new companion Hex. I've had the pleasure of meeting Phillip recently at a convention in Newcastle who was really a nice chap. Here he plays a young man with a Northern accent becoming the companion. It's a nice chance to have someone who doesn't come from the home counties and his voice sounds down to Earth (no pun intended) and has its Merseyside tones.

Hex is such an interesting character in this story. He's a nurse who shows concern for his patients and is horrified by anything gory or anything that doesn't seem right. He's curious about `McShane' wondering who she is and why she seems so interested in him. When he walks into the TARDIS, he's gobsmacked. The Doctor is rather annoyed by his `OMG' moments when he sees something extraordinary and fantastic, but he comes to enlist `Mr Hex's' help and is worthy to be a companion. This is the start of Hex's new adventures with the Doctor and Ace and it truly is a good one.

Sophie Aldred is lovely as Ace in this, or as she prefers to be called `McShane'. She's still in shock from the events of 'Colditz' and is now using her alias as McShane to grow up as she did recently also in 'The Rapture'. But she gets on well with Hex and manages to get into working in HR at St. Gart's Hospital.

Ace is really into the action as she, Hex and the Doctor investigate the mysterious goings-on on xeno-technology being used at the hospital. She eventually gets captured but she has enough tough talk to fight herself out of a dangerous and life-threatening situation. I've been lucky to have met Sophie five times already at conventions and am hoping to meet her again soon at another one this year.

Sylvester McCoy's really good in this too as the Doctor. He has an idea of what's going and is working things out with regards to this mystery at St. Gart's hospital. He's being mysterious and manipulative as ever with an agenda of his own. He learns something about Hex when accessing the System and is intrigued by it. What that `something' is I'm intrigued as well.

I like how Sylvester's Doctor gets on with Hex's character in telling him about the TARDIS and who their enemies are and trying to calm Hex when feeling guilty about leaving Ace behind in `Part Three'. I like it when the Doctor confronts Subject One (played by William Boyde) or when he defies Garnier (played by David Warwick). Sylvester's on top form as the Doctor in this story and having met and seen him at conventions it's great to hear him.

The guest cast in this story are as follows. As mentioned before there's William Boyde playing the mysterious Subject One. There's David Warwick playing the ruthless Executive Security Officer (XSO) David Garnier (who was in `Doctor Who' before with Tom Baker in `The Pirate Planet' and has done various Big Finish audios). There's also Janie Booth as System (the same `System' that was in `The Gathering' - the second story of this trilogy). There's also Richard Derrington as Dr Stephen Farrer; Paul Lacoux as Hex's friend Dr Mark Mathias and Mark Donovan as the hulking Polk. A great cast for such a thrilling story as this.

Also returning to confront the Doctor are his oldest foes - the Cybermen. They were kept well-hidden until the end of `Part Two' of this story when Ace calls out their name. They're not featured so heavily in this story with their mechanical footsteps and deep voices, but their presence is felt throughout with cyber technology, half-converted cyber humans and the revelation that Subject One happens to be the Cyber Leader. The theme of emotion is also challenged and touched upon in this story where Subject One and the Cybermen are concerned as Subject One experiences emotions especially towards the end of this story. Ace almost gets converted by Cybermen only to be saved by Hex in `Part Four' which was really exciting.

The music and sound design of this story is in similar tones with the later stories of `The Reaping' and `The Gathering', which I'm sure Joe Lidster had in mind to keep consistent with this story.

By the end, the Doctor, Ace and Hex defeat the Cybermen and stop the xeno-technology. The Doctor and Ace say goodbye to Hex as they go back to the TARDIS. But Hex follows and chases after them and manages to get to them before they get away. He wants to join them in their travels. He knows it'll be dangerous but he's willing to give it a try. The Doctor and Ace happily accept Hex into their company and the new trio is formed as they go into the TARDIS to have adventures. It's a great way to end the story and a new beginning of a series of adventures between Hex, Ace and the Seventh Doctor.

There are some trailers at the end of Disc 2 following this. There's a trailer for 'Medicinal Purposes' starring Colin Baker, introduced by none other than David Tennant himself. There's a trailer for another Colin Baker called 'Arrangements for War'. Both stories are with Colin and Maggie Stables as Evelyn Smythe. There's also a trailer for the third series of `Dalek Empire' that also features David Tennant.

So `The Harvest' is a great conclusion to a trilogy of stories with the Cybermen and a great new beginning for a companion in `Doctor Who'. Hex has become a popular character in Big Finish with the Seventh Doctor and Ace and for many `Doctor Who' fans. I'm glad to have listened to this first adventure of Hex and am hoping to hear more following this and find out where Hex is going with Ace and the Doctor. And certainly Phillip gets on very well with Sophie and Sylvester who welcome him in their team.

The next story with the Doctor, Ace and Hex is 'Dreamtime'.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hex, The Seventh Doctor & The Cybermen, 17 Dec 2013
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This review is from: The Harvest (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
Positive.
1)Dan Abnett has written a rich tale of intrigue in this adventure introducing us to a new character in Thomas Hector Scofield played brilliantly by Phillip Oliver.
2)Sylvester McCoy & Sophie Aldred are a excellent double act & play there roles as The Doctor & Ace very well here.
3)This is a chilling Cybermen adventure that loosely links to The Reaping & The Gathering.

Negative.
None.

CD Info.
2x CDS of a 4 part story Running time 120 minutes approx.

Trivia.
1)The Seventh Doctor reads a file in this story about Hex that has connections to another set of storys which secret is finally revealed in the Big Finish audio play Thicker Than Water.
2)St Gorts Hospital is featured again in the Doctor Who audio adventure Project Destiny.
3)Phillip Oliver was a member of the cast of Ch4 soap Brookside & featured alongside his father in Ch4 hotel series Four In A,Bed.
4)William Boyde was better known in Eastenders as James Willmott Brown.
5)Computer program System was featured in Doctor Who audio The Gathering & is played by the same actress Janie Booth.

Review.
2021.

Thomas Hector Scofield or Hex as is his nickname is a nurse at St Gorts Hospital were strange event's seem to be occuring.

The Hospital has hired a new girl who's name is called McShane, But McShane is acting very shifty as she seems to be snooping around & asking far to many questions at the hospital.

What is the mysterious C' Program & has it anything to do with the mysterious death's that are occurring within the hospital?

Finally why does McShane seem to be living in a blue police box in Totters Lane with a mysterious man wearing a hat & carrying a umbrella known simply as The Doctor?.

This is one of the best Cybermen storys that Big Finish have produced, With a crackingly good story written & paced superbly well by writer Dan Abnett this story also introduces to the character of Hex whom becomes a companion alongside Ace at the end of this adventure.

Phillip Olivier as Hex does well in his first audio performance who is instantly likeable & appears to have some connections to the Doctors past?

This story has small links to the other two story's The Reaping & The Gathering but this story can also be heard as a stand alone adventure.

This is a highly recommended Cyberman story featuring a excellent performance from Sylvester McCoy as The Doctor & Sophie Aldred as Ace that delivers a intriguing chilling Cybermen adventure & a new companion in Hex.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Harvest: `Oh My God'. `No, just the Doctor. But good evening all the same', 22 Jan 2013
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This is the fifty eighth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Sylvester McCoy as Seven and Sophie Aldred as Ace (sorry, McShane). It also introduces new companion Thomas Hector Schofield (Hex to his friends) played by Philip Olivier. There are 4 episodes, roughly 25-30 minutes each, complete with original theme music between each, and cliff hanger endings. Two episodes per disc on 2 discs, and a short booklet with some pictures of the cast and production notes.

Seven, as usual, is interfering. There are some strange goings on in a hospital, he fears something particularly nasty for mankind about to be unleashed through mankind's curiosity and blindness. He and Ace investigate and are soon on the run from some familiar old foes. But just what else is going on in the hospital? Can the Cybermen have really changed?

It's a rip-roaring straight adventure, in the best traditions of Who. There's plenty of action, and a suitably knotty problem for the Doctor. There is a bit of a double twist towards the end that kept me somewhat off balance.

There is some great writing here, especially for Ace and Hex, who have a good rapport. Hex's inclusion into the TARDIS crew adds an interesting new dynamic, and this looks like being one of the classic crews in the future. The three leads make the most of it, especially McCoy who relishes his dark final scene with his old enemy.

A cracking adventure, well produced and thoroughly entertaining. 5 stars, no problem.
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5.0 out of 5 stars oh my goodness!, 20 July 2006
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This review is from: The Harvest (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
Coming down to earth again, the range gives us a new companion for the seventh doctor in the shape of thomas hector schofield - hex to his friends - young liverpudlian staff nurse at a london hospital where there are strange goings on. Hex gets involved after a strange death in casualty, and a young lady from personnel is also rather interested....

Benefiting from the almost contemporary setting and seeing most of the story through hex's eyes, the doctor is slowly introduced. This leads to a great cliffhanger at the end of part one. More thrills follow as the situation is investigated. The end of part two may be obvious to many but it's still a great cliffhanger, and there are a few more twists to come, as these foes are cleverer than you might think.

The fact that things are resolved far too easily in part four is a let down, but that's a minor blemish on a great story that gives us a great and very well acted new companion. Be advised that his catch phrase, irritating as it may be now, is something he will grow out of in time
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4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable audio play, 14 April 2008
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I have about 15 of these Doctor Who audo adventures and most are extremely enjoyable and well written. The harvest is, so far one of my favourites. This story features the seventh doctor, Sylvester McCoy and his companion Ace and it also introduces a new character Hex. It is set in the quite near future and it follows the doctor and his companions investigating a London hospital where strange occurences are happening. This play also features one of the classic enemies, but I wont spoil it and tell you who. This play is also the third part of a loose trilogy but seeing as this was written before the other two The Reaping and the Gathering then you can easily listen to this without listening to the other two. As I have said I really enjoyed this but I have not given it five stars because it suffers from what most of these new audio adventures suffer from, a slow first episode. However,the rest of the other three episodes really pick up. All in all it is a good play and it runs for 110 mins and is well worth a look.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not great, 16 Mar 2006
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This is a very good Big Finish audio. It introduces a new companion to the show: Hex. This is what it needs, a fresh face. This audio could have been better though. Episode one was very slow, slightly unnecessary. The other three episodes are the usual excellant sort, thought. Another good thing abput this serial is that it includes one of the greatest enemies of Doctor Who: The Cybermen.
Trust me, by no means is this a bad audio... it's good. But with a bit more work, it could have been great. Once again: It is a good audio that I do not regret buying!
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3.0 out of 5 stars New companion, old monsters, 9 Oct 2004
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Thanks to being the incumbent TARDIS crew at the time of the TV series cancellation, the 7th Doctor and Ace had already been the basis for masses of spin-off comics strips/novels/fan-produced audios long before Big Finish started using them for their audio releases. With the relationship between Ace and the Doctor feeling rather tired The Harvest serves primarily as a vehicle to introduce new companion Hex - a very ordinary person whose most interesting feature is his nickname, but who seems to add a new dynamic to the mix.
As for actual story, it revolves around dodgy experiments being conducted in the hospital where Hex works, and relies heavily on the shock reveal of one of the series most famous villains midway through. Unfortunately the identity of the returning baddies is blatantly obvious 10 minutes in, but you have to wait through an interminable episode 2 before they are finally revealed and the play can get on with the action. There's a nice idea at the heart of the story, with the villains normal modus operandi turned head on its heels, but ultimately nothing much is done with it. Some nice ideas, but with the construction aimed solely at shock tactics the result is a fairly mediocre adventure.
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