Sylvester McCoy (The Doctor), Sophie Aldred (Ace), Philips Oliver (Hex), William Boyde (Subject One), Richard Derrington (Doctor Farrer), David Warwick (David Garnier), Paul Lacoux (Doctor Mathias), Janie Booth (System), Mark Donovan (Polk)
On the morning of October 12th, 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 Shorch 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 Garts.
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.
- The Harvest was the fifty-eighth monthly Doctor Who audio story produced by Big Finish Productions
- Ace tells Hex that she has been travelling with The Doctor “for a surprisingly long time.”
- 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 Thicker than Water, which was first released in September 2005.
- Both this story and its prequel 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 non-canonical 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.