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Doctor Who: Harvest of Time (Doctor Who (Penguin)) Paperback – 4 Jun 2013

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  • Paperback: 367 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books (4 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385346808
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385346801
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.1 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
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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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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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By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 25 May 2015
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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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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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By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Aug. 2016
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An original Doctor Who novel. Featuring the Third Doctor. Jo. The Brigadier and UNIT. It is a wholly new story which hasn't appeared before in any other medium.

It's a complete and self contained book in three hundred and sixty five pages. There are thirty five chapters. Plus a prologue and an epilogue.

The BBC usually markets their Doctor Who books for all ages, but this range, past rather than current Doctors, tends to be bigger and a bit more detailed. So younger readers might struggle with some of it.

The story sees UNIT investigating a mysterious incident on a North sea oil rig. Meantime, strange crab like creatures are taking over humans. The Sild have arrived. A terrible menace thought lost to time. The Doctor might need the help of the Master in order to defeat them. And yet people can't remember who the latter is...

This does a pretty good job at recapturing the feel of it's era of the show. And of the supporting cast as well. It also has a pretty good cast of wholly original supporting characters. A couple of whom do get some good depth and motivation and character arcs.

In trying to be a story that fits the normal format - something bigger and more involved and with more scope than could be managed on tv - it does pretty much succeed at that as well. Although the story diverges paths halfway through. With the Doctor and the Master off in space and time whilst UNIT deal with things on Earth. The former half, whilst having some great scenes between the two time lords, does get a bit involved and perhaps somewhat too, to coin that phrase, timey wimey. It is all very clever though and it does all come together well in the end. But it's not a book that, in the second half, really manages to keep up the momentum of it's first.

A decent attempt at a Third Doctor novel, though, and worth four stars.
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By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 24 Jun. 2013
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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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