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 than 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 invasion begins, the Doctor faces a terrible dilemma. To save the universe, he must save his arch-nemesis... the Master. Geoffrey Beevers reads this brand new adventure featuring the Third Doctor, from award-winning science fiction writer Alastair Reynolds, with original sound design.
©2013 Alastair Reynolds (P)2013 AudioGO Ltd
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If I have time, certainly. It's very much like one of the better series on TV, one of those things I might enjoy every now and again.
The characterizations were spot on and in perfect synch with the Third Doctor eps.
Tons of nostalgia, remembering my days as a kid, watching Doctor Who on my local PBS station on Saturday nights.
Here is a book that is not only a stellar Doctor Who novel in its own right, but does a superb job of capturing the atmosphere of the classic BBC series, from the cheesy cheeky characters to the weird alien stuff (like alien possessed attack cows!) to even the bad special effects. I’ve read several Who novels and this is the only one that I feel truly captures the essence of what makes the old series so unique and special, stories that weren’t built on special effects but used stellar writing and a talented cast to rise above the cheap sets, the goofy costumes, and sometime silly “Britishness” of the series (and I mean that in the fondest possible context, I truly do). You can literally picture the knock-off effects and bad costumes in the writing. This is every bit a Third Doctor story, from the Doctor’s exile on earth and his time with UNIT. There are several Third Doctor series on Netflix, I strongly encourage any reader who hasn’t seen the Third Doctor in action to watch a Third Doctor series or two before reading this book. Being able to put faces and personalities with the characters really brings this story to life.
'Harvest of Time' is more like an expanded novelisation of a Jon Pertwee TV story than a typical Alistair Reynolds novel. The author obviously knows his Doctor Who, as everything is spot on.
The dialogue between The Doctor and The Master is brilliant, you could almost hear Pertwee and Delgado sparring with one another.
Geoffrey Beever's did a great job narrating this book. He has a very creepy voice, perfect for The Master. Although I was so immersed in the story that all of his voices must have fitted in well.
It made me very nostalgic!
This book perfectly captures the era of Doctor Who in which it is set. (Somewhere between The Daemons and The Sea Devils.)
'Harvest of Time' is a Third Doctor novel set when the Doctor was exiled on earth, and it ticks every box that a fan of that era would want; The Doctor, Jo Grant, Bessie, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, UNIT and of course The Master... then we've North Sea oil rigs, dodgy Government officials, plus the obligatory alien invasion of Earth. So everything is here, including the kitchen sink!
This book is well written and jolly good fun.
The narrator was so good at doing all the voices. I didn't have to worry about keeping the characters straight as the were instantly recognizable.
This book was similar to most of the Doctor Who books, so if you are a fan you know what to expect in the way of quality and content. The characters are mostly known to fans. The Master and the Doctor remember their shared childhood which is interesting.
My favourite scene involves The Master seeing many versions of himself. I can't say too much or it will mess up the surprise in the storyline for you.
I'm not a big fan of books that feature The Master but this book shows him in a different light. At least at times. There is one scene in particular when the Doctor and the Master are alone in the TARDIS that is very memorable and could have changed everything. SPOILERS. So I won't say anything.
A solid Doctor Who novel that wad improved by a great narrator.
The rich thematic parallels and the way some very plausible alien enemies and tech issues grounded the more fantastic elements.
The manager of the rig, because of her poignant backstory and power as a non-companion human lead.
Performance-wise, I loved the sild most.
The sild are an amazing menace, not super-beings or death-mechs, but a physically weak species that has found a couple of really potent technologies and perfected their use. They are a devestating army that regards seagulls as eldritch horrors.
a lot of things
all of them
i could see it all as if on TV back in the old days
"Great dr who book"
Classically dr who
The sill sound terrifying
Good narrator easy to listen to
Thoroughly enjoyed this classic
Yes I would. The story came to life with the brilliant story telling.
Definitely the master! Wow the mixture of pure evil and cruelty really came over very well.
I liked the part where the crabs first landed and obtained their first human!! It was really edge of the seat stuff.
No not really - just made me feel nostalgic for John Pertwee!
A great story!
For an borderline obsessive Dr Who audio book listener and book reader I am so glad i chose to listen to this not read it as it gave me hours of pleasure, well written and well read it its a classic Master story that is not to be missed
"A good story, but not well told"
I was very much looking forward to reading this, after having read A Wheel of Ice, by Stephen Baxter, I had hight expectations of a Doctor Who story written by another giant of Sci-Fi.
However, it didn't really work for me. The basic story is a good one, but for me it was lost in the telling. Some of the blame must lay with the author, but the most 'damage' was done by the performance here. The problem for me was the Geoffery Beevers sounds far to much like the 2nd Doctor and not the 3rd one. I know this shouldn't make much difference, but I couldn't get around the voice. In my head, unless I really focused on it, I kept on seeing the 2nd Doctor and he doesn't fit in to this sort of story.
Also all of the UNIT characters in the story, do not sound anything like they ever did in the series. I'm pretty sure this was just the performance, but the authors words. Alastair Reynolds does get the Doctor and Jo right, but the performance is all wrong.
I'm blaming the reader here, I just think he was the wrong choice for this story.
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