A Doctor Who Book Review: The Crawling Terror

The best way to prep you for this book review is to provide you with this quote from the book:

“Well, I doubt you’ll ever see a bigger insect.”

So if you’re squeamish when it comes to spiders–even if it’s only talking about spiders–this one might not be for you. You’ve been warned.

crawling terrorYou certainly won’t find bigger insects than the ones found in Mike Tucker’s Doctor Who novel, The Crawling Terror. You thought the spiders were bad in the Doctor Who episode “Kill the Moon“? Yeah, those alien bugs have got nothing on the crawling harbingers of doom that scuttle around in The Crawling Terror.

Here’s a basic synopsis of the book:

Gabby Nichols is putting her son to bed when she hears her daughter cry out. ‘Mummy there’s a daddy longlegs in my room!’ Then the screaming starts… Alan Travers is heading home from the pub when something rushes his face – a  spider’s web. Then something huge and deadly lumbers from the shadows… Kevin Alperton is on his way to school when he is attacked by a mosquito. A big one. Then things get dangerous.

But it isn’t the dead man cocooned inside a huge mass of web that worries the Doctor. It isn’t the swarming, mutated insects that make him nervous. It isn’t an old man’s garbled memories of past dangers that intrigue him.

With the village cut off from the outside world, and the insects becoming more and more dangerous, the Doctor knows that no one is safe. Not unless he can decode the strange symbols engraved on an ancient stone circle, and unravel a mystery dating back to the Second World War.

This book was actually the very first Doctor Who novel that I had ever read, and I have to say that I utterly enjoyed it. Sure, I wish I had picked up one that wasn’t literally filled to bursting with spiders, but the book was awesome. I’m always very dubious of novel spin-offs of television shows or movies that I love, as I fear that they will just be a cheap knock-off of the movie or show. However, this book has definitely proved to me that my prejudices were unfounded–at least for Doctor Who novels. This felt like an actual episode of Doctor Who. Tucker was able to brilliantly capture Clara and Twelve’s tone in the dialogue, and I could practically hear Jenna Coleman and Peter Capaldi speaking as I read.

In short, this book is a must-read for Doctor Who fans (but again, probably not for the severe arachnophobes among us). Mike Tucker absolutely nails the tone of Doctor Who and he is able to translate that seamlessly to the page. It’s a fun and fast read, and highly recommended.

So if you’re like me and you’re a bit skeptical of the Doctor Who novels, don’t be. Check out The Crawling Terror or other Doctor Who novels today. Seriously…

lasagna…check ’em out. You won’t regret it!

Have you read any Doctor Who novels? Do you love them or hate them? If you love them, which are your favorites? Give me your thoughts and recommendations in the comments!


Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review

One thought on “A Doctor Who Book Review: The Crawling Terror

  1. I, too, have always been skeptical of novel spin offs. The last time I read ones were in high school, of the Farscape and Halo variety. I actually really enjoyed them both! I’ll have to give Doctor Who ones a try sometime – I think they’d be such fun reading if they’re like the show!

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