Doctor Who: Harvest of Time (3rd Doctor Novel)

  • by Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by Geoffrey Beevers
  • 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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Excellent Third Doctor Story

Would you listen to Doctor Who: Harvest of Time (3rd Doctor Novel) again? Why?

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.


What did you like best about this story?

The characterizations were spot on and in perfect synch with the Third Doctor eps.


Which scene was your favorite?

Attacking cows.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Tons of nostalgia, remembering my days as a kid, watching Doctor Who on my local PBS station on Saturday nights.


Any additional comments?

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.

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- Robert Eric Koch "Tell us about yourself!"

Masterful Doctor Who Adventure!

What made the experience of listening to Doctor Who: Harvest of Time (3rd Doctor Novel) the most enjoyable?

'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.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Doctor Who: Harvest of Time (3rd Doctor Novel)?

The dialogue between The Doctor and The Master is brilliant, you could almost hear Pertwee and Delgado sparring with one another.


What about Geoffrey Beevers’s performance did you like?

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.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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.)


Any additional comments?

'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.

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- Stevo "I love stories."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-04-2013
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited