Title: Doctor Who: The Crawling Terror
Author: Mike Tucker
Genre: Fantasy, sci-fi, media tie-in (Doctor Who), childrens/YA fiction
Publisher: BBC Digital (via Random House UK)
Pages: 256 pages
Publication Date: 11th September 2014
My Rating: 5/5
Hi there friends,
Guess who has been reading new Doctor Who books again? Well done, you’re right – it’s me! This is the second new Peter Capaldi (Twelfth Doctor) novel and I am loving them so far. The characterisation of Capaldi’s Doctor is spot on and the plot is well paced, gripping and thoroughly entertaining. Let’s get on with the show, here’s my review of The Crawling Terror…
I received an eARC of this book by the book’s publishers (Random House UK) via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This is the kind of Doctor Who book that as you read you can visualise it being a fully fledged television episode. The CGI budget would need to be astronomical but it would be one of the best episodes of Doctor Who to date. It was just the right mixture of creepily eerie, entertaining and genius whilst being somewhat historically possible all at the same time.
If you watched the Doctor Who episode “The Unicorn and the Wasp” – it’s the one with Agatha Christie and a huge Vespiform wasp – now imagine the wasp having it’s friends visit… not just other wasps. Spiders, scorpions, beetles, the list goes on. Basically if you’re not a fan of creepy crawlies this is definitely not the book for you. These aren’t just your everyday tiny insects, they’re on the same scale as the Vespiform wasp. Imagine the size of the spider webs…
Anyway, these creepy crawlies aren’t all they seem to be. Well, other than being monstrously huge that is. They’re acting as a military unit. Precise, uniformed and intelligent they’re trapping all of the village’s inhabitants in the village with no means of escape. What’s so special about a bell, some stones and giant bugs? You’re really just going to have to read this one to find out.
If you want to purchase this book, I can’t emphasise how important it is to get it from your local bookshop. Please, if you can get the book from a local bookshop try and do so. If this is not possible or it’s too expensive to do so here are some places to purchase it from online: Amazon UK, Waterstones and Barnes and Noble. Let me know what you think about the book in the comments below! Remember to like this post if you want to read more Doctor Who and sci-fi reviews too – I love writing them and reading the books!