Reviewed By: recklessE4
Review Date: 2/3/19 2:40 pm
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Storm Harvest is both benefited and hurt by its novel format. On one had it does have the limitations of a 40 minute time slot which means plot threads and characters have time to develop. On the other, this story practically begs for visual representation. The story predominately occurs on a luxury resort on the alien world Coralee. Everything from the planet is described beautifully including the depths of the oceans and the tropical forests. The nature and technology would be incredible to see on screen. It made me want to see a movie version.
The plot is developed Doctor Who. It follows a mostly typical Doctor Who structure which plenty of plot threads to keep you interested. One honest complaint is the number of characters. I felt it was difficult to keep track of all the people and especially the dolphins over the whole story. It made picking the book up difficult after a break.
Oh, there are talking dolphins in wheelchairs. Some with mini guns. I'm saying that's a plus, as this story is otherwise lacking some corny Doctor Who charm.
I love how the Seventh Doctor is written in this. It is different from his usual MO in that he is not fully in control. However, he does seem to be the only person with all the information. There are also many sweet moments that show his gentle side which I enjoyed. Ace enjoyed a lot of character development in this story. Even though this was part of a book series, you don't have to read the others to understand how Ace is feeling.
One thing I have to compliment is the monsters. The krill are among the most terrifying creatures I've ever conceived in Doctor Who. While they are clearly an analogue for zombies only turned up to 11. There is also plenty of gore and horror to justify their fear factor.
Overall, this story is developed well, has a pretty good plot, and plenty of enjoyable moments. It's weaknesses are in the high character count and lack of anything really new. I am most critical about the ending of Doctor Who plots (as they are often rushed or predictable). However, this story has an ending I did not expect and left me fully satisfied. I give Storm Harvest an 8/10.