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The Harvest by Big Finish
It's been awhile since there was a new Doc7 (Sylvester McCoy) audio adventure. And, alas, it will be awhile until there's another new Doc7 audio adventure. So I was rather excited when The Harvest arrived today. I was walking to work and stopped in the post office and there it was. I decided I'd listen to it after I finished The Evil of the Daleks. (Working on computers is a mindless enough task that I can listen to audio adventures without a hitch. So the summer is when I finally get caught up on all of my audio adventures - and relisten to several more.)

The biggest worry I had while listening to The Harvest was about the quality. The last Big Finish Doc7 adventure was Master. My review of it wasn't hugely negative, but also not hugely positive. And since it will be March of 2005 before we get another Doc7 audio (gee thanks, Big Finish, for postponing that audio until after you play out the rather dreary adventures of Doc8 and Charley) I was concerned that I wouldn't have any good Sylvish adventures for a very long time. The Harvest had to satisfy my Sylvish ears for the next 9 months. So, did we have another Fearmonger or another The Dark Flame?

I'm happy to say that I really enjoyed The Harvest. It has some sparkling dialog and a new companion who works well with both McShane and the Doctor. (Yes, Ace is calling herself McShane now. Or "Just McShane" as she often corrects people. The Doc still calls her "Ace.") Hex (Thomas Hector Schofield) is a nurse from 2021 and his favorite expression is "Oh my god! Oh my god!" (Sylv doing an imitation of that is priceless.) Still, when you're meeting people like the Doctor and McShane, you're bound to have some "Oh my god!" moments like Hex does in this story. Part One does a good job of introducing us to Hex. McShane shows up about halfway in. The Doctor appears briefly, but it's a great appearance. Parts Two-Four have all three of them in equal measure (with a good deal of time having the Doc and Hex working together). The story is good, the action riveting, and, as I said earlier, the dialog sparkles. The ending to Part One is a particular favorite of mine (and, whether intentional or not, is a fun dig at Death Comes to Time, which is another Audio Adventure that I love).

I haven't read many reviews (well, so far only one, and that was just one line to say it was loved) so I don't know if I'm the norm on this or not. Still, with a bit more work, I should have a Synopsis and Review for the audio up on my Sylv Site soon. (Heck, just to indicate how much I liked this - I've already begun relistening to it. I got to the middle of part three when I finished making the ice cream and cleaning up my mess.)

*sigh* I'm gonna miss Doc7, Hex, and McShane. (Wow, whoda thunk it - I'll actually miss McShane! I didn't think that was possible anymore, but when she's written right, she's back to being a good character.)

Current Mood: relieved relieved

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dark_pheonix From: dark_pheonix Date: June 22nd, 2004 10:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
*pokes the world in general* I only have one Sylv audio, and that's only on my puter. Grr. *rushes up to see random Sylv pic* He's all leaney and happy! YAY! I feel a 2-minute icon coming on!
dark_pheonix From: dark_pheonix Date: June 22nd, 2004 10:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
There we are. Pity I'm in it, but if I wasn't it would defeat the point of it...*confuses self now*

Hooray for the random Sylv pic!
trinalin From: trinalin Date: June 23rd, 2004 08:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Cute - that was a good use of 2 minutes. :-)

As for the Sylv audios, they will come... Especially with Barb's audio exchange going on.

BTW, I'm going to try and get a little beanbag penguin to bring along with me on my trip to Chicago next week. I'll tie a yellow ribbon around her neck and call her Erin. And I'll take her to the fireworks at Grant Park. :-)
dark_pheonix From: dark_pheonix Date: June 26th, 2004 05:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
YAY! A surrogate Erin penguin :P If you go to another gallifrey convention (or any Who related thing) you have to take it. *laughs at the prospect of getting her surrogate's tummy signed*

I'm currently making a Sylv plushy :P *has fun designing toys, but is rather crappy at sewing them*
trinalin From: trinalin Date: June 26th, 2004 05:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
YAY! A surrogate Erin penguin

Alas! I've been unable to find a bean bag penguin. Tis very odd that no one seems to have one for sale. I'll take the little bean bag bear I originally was going to bring and that can be your surrogate for this trip at least. Hope you like watching fireworks!
dark_pheonix From: dark_pheonix Date: June 27th, 2004 06:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
*awaits surrogate images to greet my eyes*
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