June 06, 2013
Award winning science fiction writer, and former astrophysicist, Alastair Reynolds, has penned a spellbinding new adventure for the Third Doctor – The Harvest of Time.
"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 are 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 when 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…"
Reynolds said: “I've never had much interest in spinoffery - the idea of writing in someone else's universe generally leaves me cold - but Doctor Who is different. I've grown up with it. It's been part of my life since I was tiny, watching Jon Pertwee on a grainy black and white television in Cornwall, and being terrified out of my mind. All of the usual cliches apply – I was the boy behind the settee, too afraid to look at the screen, but somehow unable to leave the room. Daleks scared the hell out of me, to the point where I wouldn't go round to another boy's house because he had Dalek wallpaper in his bedroom. Above all else, Doctor Who still seems to me to offer near-infinite scope for the writer. It must be the least constraining of televisual properties.”
Alastair Reynolds was born in Barry, South Wales. He gained a PhD in astronomy and worked as an astrophysicist for the European Space Agency before becoming a full-time writer. His books include Revelation Space (shortlisted for the BSFA and Arthur C. Clarke Awards), Chasm City (winner of the BSFA Award), House of Suns (shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award), Terminal World, and Blue Remembered Earth. He lives in Wales.