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3.0 out of 5 stars New companion, old monsters, 9 Oct 2004
This review is from: The Harvest (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
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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