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Doctor Who: Blood Harvest

(Virgin New Adventures #28)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  229 ratings  ·  22 reviews
'Doc's peddling bootleg liquor in an illegal speakeasy. You’re carrying a gun for him, Ace - which makes you no better than any other gun-moll.'

Dekker is a private eye; an honest one. But when Al Capone hires him to investigate a new joint called ‘Doc’s’, he knows this is one job he can’t refuse. And just why are the Doctor and Ace selling illegal booze in a town full of mu
Paperback, 1st, 288 pages
Published July 21st 1995 by Virgin Publishing (first published July 21st 1994)
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James Barnard
Aug 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
I’d been looking forward to re-reading this one. It had been a particular favourite of mine ever since it arrived on the shelves in 1994 – Dicks’ depictions of 1920s Chicago and the Gothic splendour of his own vampire planet had stayed with me over the course of 20 years, and I remembered the verve and humour he’d instilled in his prose style.

I was conscious of one danger, though, which is that 20 years is a long time – I’ve grown up since then and become less keen on copious continu
Christopher Buchanan
Okay. It's an Uncle Terry. You know what you're getting. It's going to have a vampire; and Gallifrey; and it's going to revisit earlier stories, especially 'The Five Doctors'; it's gonna have Borusa; it's going to have a Deus ex Machina ending; there's gonna be time scoop; and a cult; and it's going to be written in plainly stated, straight forward prose. It's got all the standards except a Raston Warrior Robot and I'm quite surprised that didn't pop up. It's chicken soup for the Whovian soul. Y ...more
Apr 05, 2019 rated it liked it
What I love about DOCTOR WHO is its ambition. That it can take any genre of story in any place or time and turn it into a DOCTOR WHO story.

But the thing with vaunting ambition is that you have to coalesce it into something meaningful. If you don’t, you just end up with a big mess.

This Terence Dicks novel is really messy.

The majority of it is The Doctor and Ace with Al Capone in Prohibition era Chicago. That’s fine, I suppose, even if the idea of The Doctor han
Dec 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was the first New Adventure book I read.

It was a good introduction. Blood Harvest, you got blood, lots of blood. It has vampires, but none of this "vegetarian" vampire stuff that Stephanie Meyers brought to us. You want vampires? you got vampires. You want the Doctor? you got the Doctor. You want in 1929 Chicago with Al Capone and the St Valentines Day Massacre? Look no further.

It was nicely paced for me and it took the Doctor away from the atypical "alien location" quarries. There was al
Apr 28, 2014 rated it liked it
This is the weakest New Adventures novel I've read since delving into the series in December, but it's still decent. On their own, the stories of the Doctor and Ace in prohibition-era Chicago and Benny and Romana on the planet from State of Decay are both good, but mashed together they don't really compliment each other. The book's final chapters pull things together and give the overall novel some weight, but it feels like the vampire story was tacked on simply to raise interest in the companio ...more
Michel Siskoid Albert
Part sequel to both State of Decay and The Five Doctors, part pseudo-historical set in Prohibition era Chicago, this Doctor Who New Adventure seems to promise vampire gangsters, but doesn't really deliver on that. Not to say it isn't fun anyway, with great atmosphere (such as the Chandleresque narration by private dick Dekker in places) and a certain humor (Dicks has to wit to make fun of himself and his Target books work). So while things don't come quite together, the plots being connected onl ...more
Shannon Appelcline
Gaping plot holes, non-existent characterization, horrible attempt at writing noir, color-by-numbers TV plot. Much of the book is exciting and there's some good continuity here, so the book's not entirely without merit, but it's pretty hard to overlook its flaws all the same.
Harry Williams
Just finished reading Blood Harvest, what a good read! I know some people don’t like the Galliffrey stuff near the end but I thought it worked well, I didn’t really mind the amount of continuity to be honest. I liked the little references to The Death Zone and the Drashigs. Not the best book I’ve ever read but it was enjoyable! Recommended if you are a fan of Terrance Dicks.
May 22, 2017 rated it liked it
very well written novel, but it's like the ending was suddenly chopped off and cauterized.
David Sarkies
Jan 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Doctor Who and Vampire fans
Recommended to David by: Paul Martinitus
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14 September 2013

This is the sequel/prequel to Goth Opera, though the books are written by different authors. I do suspect, though, that there are some strict guidelines for the authors to follow, especially in a series such as the Doctor Who series. While the relationship to the TV show is open to interpretation, for those who like Doctor Who, and vampires, this book is a good waste of time. As well as Goth Opera, the book is also connected with the s
Apr 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Terrance Dicks once again proves that he can continue to bring new styles to a series that was starting to feel a bit tired.
So this time he sticks a vampire in Al Capone's Chicago, creates an excellent Hammett-style first-person private eye and, in the other half of the somewhat disconnected plot, manages a creditable sequel to an original series story as well.

State of Decay was one of the stronger "second period" Tom Baker stories, with a good sense of menace and an extremely
Dec 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
And I'm two-for-two! Another VNA that worked perfectly.

It's rare in these stories that I find myself equally invested in both story arcs. Usually the main characters will divide, with the focus arc being the most interesting, while the secondary plotline is just a lot of arsing about and time wasting. Here, as it jumped between the Doctor and Ace in Prohibition-era Chicago and Benny (and Romana!) on that-State-of-Decay-Vampire-planet-whose-name-I-don't-recall, I was always very interested to fi
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]Very interesting to see what Terrance Dicks could do once liberated from the novelisation format. Here we have the Doctor and Ace running a speakeasy in Al Capone's Chicago, while Bernice and Romana return to the planet of State of Decay (now mysteriously easier to get to - it is only towards the end of the book that someone remembers that it is in E-Space - and with a much larger population) to check on the return of vampirism there. Bernice's attempts to bring British parliamentary democracy to th ...more
Jun 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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I shouldn't like this book as much as I do. It is Terrance Dicks riding roughshod over his own continuity (even in the same book) to write a sequel to State of Decay, along with his own version of the Untouchables. Also some parts are ridiculous attempts to be edgy, like a chapter where Ace is drugged and sold to a brothel and The Doctor has to go in with a shotgun to rescue her.
And yet it is so enjoyable. Far from the absurd continuity fests of Eight Doctors and its ilk this has a great t
Mar 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Entertaining, if occasionally a little ridiculous, which I suppose is Terrance Dicks at his best. The Seventh Doctor and Ace aren't my favorite Doctor/companion pair but they are somehow extremely well suited to a story set in 1920's Chicago. I liked the original POV character.

The secondary story involving Romana and Benny I could have done without - it was predictable and not particularly interesting. Benny as a POV was irritating and occasionally did stupid things for no reason bec
May 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
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A sort of sequel to Goth Opera, except that time travel is involved so they may be happening at the same time and the two Doctors never meet.
The Doctor and Ace are in 30's Chicago, running a bar, rubbing shoulders with the Capone mob and fighting vampires.
Meanwhile, Benny is off at the other end of the universe, nowhere near a bar and dealing with even more vampires.

Lots of Who history is used in this story, there are some moments where you are seriously worried if either
David Layton
Jan 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Terrance Dicks is a much-beloved figure in Whoviana, and deservedly so. His opinions about all things Who are always worth hearing. His own original contributions,however, have been up and down affairs. "State of Decay" had clever dialogue, but too many vampire clichés and a preposterous denouement. This sequel is far superior in every way to the original. The vampires are scarier, the action more believable, and the dialogue equally crisp. This novel shows what is possible with Doctor Who in it ...more
Daniel Kukwa
Mar 29, 2011 rated it liked it
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One of the oddest Terrance Dicks books. Half of it is a fanwank continuity-fest as only Terrance Dicks can write...especially the sequel elements to his own TV stories, "State of Decay" & "The Five Doctors". The other half of the novel is outrageous in its use of the Doctor as a speakeasy rum-runner, and Ace as his security chief...and gangster-mole-in-training. An outrageous, hilarious, exciting, readable mess of a story...and that's BEFORE Rassilon and Borusa make their guest apperances!
Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
A run of the mill detective story and run of the mill vampire tale are mashed together in this horribly uneven piece by Dicks. Benny and Romana are welcome additions but the author neither captures the voice of the Seventh Doctor nor that of Ace. Disappointing, but hopefully worth the time spent reading as a precursor to a sequel-of-sorts by Paul Cornell.
Sep 05, 2015 rated it liked it
This is not only a sequel to about three Doctor Who tele-stories (The Five Doctors, the E-Space trilogy) its also a prequel for a Missing Adventure (Goth Opera). Cameos galore with Romona(II) as well as every other Time lord we've ever seen (Flavia, Spindrill, Rassilon, Bourusa) and vampires to boot. A must read.
Drew Perron
Jan 14, 2014 rated it liked it
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A book that combines vampires and gangsters and Doctor Who sounds amazing. But... this isn't that book. Strangely enough, the two plot threads stay almost completely separated, with only the link of a Big Bad who's instigating them both. Weird.
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Terrance Dicks was an English writer, best known for his work in television and for writing a large number of popular children's books during the 1970s and 80s.

His break in television came when his friend Malcolm Hulke asked for his help with the writing of an episode of the popular ABC (ITV) action-adventure series The Avengers, on which Dicks received a co-writer's credit on the broa

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