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The Harvest was the fifty-eighth story in Big Finish's monthly range. It was written by Dan Abnett and featured Sylvester McCoy as the Seventh Doctor, Sophie Aldred as Ace and introduced Philip Olivier as companion, Hex.

It was the Seventh Doctor's entry in a loose trilogy of stories surrounding an attempted Cyberman invasion of Earth, further detailed in The Gathering and The Reaping.

Publisher's summary[edit | edit source]

On the morning of 12 October 2021, Hex woke up. He was expecting to go to work at St. Gart's in London as normal and, that evening, have a great time in the bar of the White Rabbit, celebrating his 23rd birthday.

But after his ex-flatmate is wheeled into A&E following a bike accident, and the strange young woman from Human Resources tries to chat him up and an eight-foot-tall guy in a Merc tries to run him down, Hex realises things are not going quite as he expected.

Then in a Shoreditch car park he meets the enigmatic Doctor, who explains that he's an extra-terrestrial investigator and something very strange is going on up on the thirty-first floor of St. Gart's.

Therefore, aided and abetted by the Doctor, and his other new friend, 'Just McShane', Hex decides to investigate. Trouble is, everything that goes on at the hospital is being observed and noted by the occupants of the thirty-first floor; occupants who are none too pleased that people are poking their noses into business that doesn't concern them; occupants who will go to extraordinary lengths to ensure that no one discovers the truth...

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Individuals[edit | edit source]

  • Ace tells Hex that she has been travelling with the Doctor "for a surprisingly long time."

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Comic preview from DWM 344.

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  • Hex was the first companion of the Seventh Doctor to be created by Big Finish Productions.
  • Although the Doctor discovers that Hex is the son of Cassie Schofield in this story, this information was not revealed to the audience until AUDIO: Thicker Than Water, which was first released in September 2005.
  • Both this story and its prequel AUDIO: The Gathering take place on the relevant companion's birthday. 12 October 2021 is Hex's twenty-third birthday and 22 September 2006 is Tegan Jovanka's forty-sixth birthday.
  • An illustrated preview by Martin Geraghty appeared in DWM 344.
  • Hex's status as the Seventh Doctor's latest companion was foreshadowed in He Jest at Scars..., which was released in September 2003. In the story, the Valeyard tells Melanie Bush the names of various companions with whom the Doctor might have travelled. Aside from Ace and Hex, they included Peri Brown, Evelyn Smythe, Charley Pollard and C'rizz.
  • This audio drama was recorded on 30 and 31 March 2004 at The Moat Studios.
  • This was the only main range story to be released in 2004 to feature the Seventh Doctor.
  • This story was originally released on CD. It is now available as a download only.

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