Book Review: HARVEST OF TIME (DOCTOR WHO)

PrintE-mail Written by Tony Jones

Harvest of Time Review

Review: Harvest of Time (Doctor Who)/ Author: Alastair Reynolds / Publisher: BBC Books / Release Date: Out Now

Harvest of Time is an adventure for the Third Doctor written by Alastair Reynolds. It is one of a series of Doctor Who novels penned by well-known science fiction authors and follows Michael Moorcock’s The Coming of the Terraphiles and Stephen Baxter’s Wheel of Ice.

The story of Harvest of Time comes at you from two directions: one of these is a conventional 1970s Third Doctor tale with plenty of action and intrigue; the other a tale of a race at the end of time whose manipulations are felt back in the twentieth century.

In terms of tradition we have UNIT, the Brigadier and Jo Grant all trying to deal with mysterious events at sea that are the precursor to invasion by the Sild. The Sild are crab-like aliens who take over those they encounter and are intent on capturing the Master! Meantime the Master has been helping a shadowy government project that involves the use of advanced technology that inadvertently sends messages forward in time. If all this weren’t enough, the Doctor realises that the Master is being erased from time – to save the world the Doctor must save the Master!

At the end of time we meet the Red Queen and a race of aliens plundering an apparently desolate ship to gain access to time travel. In the midst of this we suddenly encounter other incarnations of the Master and this section is the least canonical part of the story. That to one side, most of the story has plenty of UNIT action and some highly original encounters. There are probably more temporal paradoxes than Jon Pertwee encountered in his whole time as the Doctor on television but none of that should be interpreted as spoiling what is an enjoyable read. One of the pleasures of reading books such as this is finding an author that clearly should be asked to write more stories for this or indeed other Doctors.

If you are a fan of Alastair Reynolds then there is enough imagination in this tale to interest even non-Doctor Who fans; if you are a Whovian then there is plenty of authenticity to this tale. If you are both, you probably already have the hardback edition – if not, then this is strongly recommended.



Suggested Articles:
When Bram Stoker wrote Dracula, he created a legend. Practically everyone knows the story of the vam
Kim Newman’s Anno Dracula series continues as the last in a collection of nineteen short stories t
Let’s be clear from the start. A Conjuring of Light, the much anticipated third and final novel in
Gwendolyn Bloom is a teenage schoolgirl who, ever since her mother was murdered, has spent her life
scroll back to top

Add comment

Security code
Refresh

Other articles in Book Reviews

POWERS OF DARKNESS 24 February 2017

ANNO DRACULA 1899 AND OTHER STORIES 24 February 2017

A CONJURING OF LIGHT 23 February 2017

THE SONG RISING 21 February 2017

PSEUDOTOOTH 21 February 2017

THE CRUELTY 20 February 2017

SLOW BULLETS 18 February 2017

THE NINTH RAIN 14 February 2017

THIS YOUNG MONSTER 14 February 2017

THE TIME MACHINE 13 February 2017

- Entire Category -

Sign up today!
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner

      
      
 
 
 
...