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Doctor Who: The Crawling Terror (Doctor Who: New Series Adventures #59)

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  705 Ratings  ·  138 Reviews
"Well, I doubt you'll ever see a bigger insect."

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 w
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 9th 2014 by Broadway Books (first published January 1st 2014)
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Dan Schwent
When the TARDIS takes The Doctor and Clara to a seemingly sleepy English town, they are stunned at what they find: giant, mutated insects and arachnids. But what does that have to do with townsfolk wandering around in a zombie-like state, the stone circle at the edge of town, and something mysterious that happened during WWII? That's what the Doctor intends to find out!

I got this from Netgalley.

This is the third Twelfth Doctor novel I've read and it's a pretty middle of the road Doctor Who novel
Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
Sep 19, 2014 Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah* rated it it was amazing
Shelves: doctor-who
The Doctor's eyes blazed and Clara felt a tingle of anticipation run down her spine. Despite the danger, despite the death, it was these moments that brought her alive, that made every second of her extraordinary life worth living. Her and her Doctor, side by side, facing whatever the universe could throw at them.

When the Doctor and Clara arrive in the sleepy countryside English town of Wiltshire, they are almost immediately pulled into a conspiracy involving larger-than-life insects, government
Aug 29, 2014 Marvin rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I was first introduced to Doctor Who in the 70s. At that time we Americans were getting the episodes of Tom Baker as the fourth doctor. Tom Baker was pretty much responsible for taking Doctor Who from an obscure BBC import on PBS to an legitimate cult phenomena in the states. To most of my generation, Tom Baker will always be The Doctor. But the fans still keep up and now thanks to BBC America, we are now enjoying the 12th doctor (or is it 13th? That turn with John Hurt has me confused).

I even w
Dec 03, 2014 F.R. rated it liked it
Written in a more obviously child friendly style than the other two books in this release cycle, I initially thought that this was the one of the trio designed most consciously for children. Of course there’s nothing wrong with that. The programme did after all start as a kids TV show, before it was forced to rebrand itself as ‘family entertainment’ when people like me grew up and just refused to let it go. Set in that very picturesque village which is always photographed for greetings cards, ...more
Yzabel Ginsberg
(I got a copy courtesy of NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.)

Second Twelfth Doctor novel I read, and one I liked better than Silhouette. I'd say it's typical-enough Doctor Who, perhaps closer to some of the older adventures than to the most recent ones, in its theme and some of its elements? Namely giant insects and technology snagged from the Nazis—there's always something both eyeroll-worthy yet deliciously "old-fashioned" to find in such aspects, as far as I'm concerned. ("Old-fashi
Milo (Bane of Kings)
The Review:

“A fast paced, entertaining novel that reads very much like an episode of the series. It’s always fun, blending some wacky conspiracies with interesting enemies to keep the momentum high throughout the novel.” ~Bane of Kings, The Founding Fields

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

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
Actual rating: not four stars in the way I gave, for example, The Luminaries four stars. And possibly more like 3.5, mostly for reasons of characterisation falling a bit flat.

And in general, this was pretty much a run-of-the-mill Doctor Who story, with all the elements one would expect - but then again, that's what one generally wants from a Doctor Who story, so marking it down for providing exactly what it is expected to would be a bit naff, wouldn't it?

Anyway, yeah, I actually enjoyed The Cra
Sep 12, 2016 Vendea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Další super jednohubka. Mám tyhle Doctor knihy ráda - a i když Dvanáctku zrovna nemusím (nevím, proč jsem si místy představovala Jedenáctku), tak jsem se bavila. Stejně tak s Clarou. Ty hmyzáci by tam sice být nemuseli, protože je nemám ráda, ale přežila jsem.

Jun 17, 2016 Can rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Uhmm im a big fan of DW and even tho Peter is my least fave doctor and i cant even stand Clara, i still tought that i would enjoy this book but NoOOOOOOooOoOoO the synopsis was very promising and great but characters were a bit flat to me idk i didnt enjoy it as much as i tought AND I KNOW THAT I HAVE GRAMMAR AND SPELLING ISSUES BUT BEAR WITH ME
Feb 15, 2016 Ece rated it liked it
Ian Wood
Aug 08, 2014 Ian Wood rated it it was amazing
This is the complete review as it appears at my blog dedicated to reading, writing (no 'rithmatic!), movies, & TV. Blog reviews often contain links which are not reproduced here, nor will updates or modifications to the blog review be replicated here. Graphic and children's novels reviewed on the blog will generally have some images from the book's interior, which are not reproduced here.

Note that I don't really do stars. To me a novel is either worth reading or it isn't. I can't rate a nove
Being a Doctor Who fan these days is interesting. What was once a more solitary fandom has now become more social. Where it was once just me enjoying my VHS copies of the stories and haunting my local bookstores for the latest novel, it seems like these days you can't turn around twice without seeing Doctor Who merchandise for sale everywhere.

It's become so pervasive that there were copies of "Deep Breath" for sale in Wal-Mart the other day. Wal-Mart! It appears we're in a golden age for tie-in

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I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, thank you!

Publication Date: September 9th 2014

I anticipation of the new Doctor Who series (where we'll finally get to know the new Doctor) I'm reading/reviewing a few of the new Doctor Who Books. If you want to catch up, you can read my reviews for Touched by an Angel (Weeping Angels) and The Engines of War ("Ex-ter-mi-n
Victoria W.
Aug 20, 2014 Victoria W. rated it it was amazing
Mysteries from WWII, giant insects, alien consciousness, and small towns in the English country side.

Sounds like an episode of Doctor Who to me.

Actually, The Crawling Terror by Mike Tucker will almost never be made into an actual episode because the CGI cost would be too high, however, with a good imagination Tucker's book is the next best thing or perhaps even better for book loving Whovians.

I was highly impressed with Tucker's offering.
First because he did such a beautiful job of structuring h
Aug 25, 2014 Jess rated it liked it
Essentially, Doctor Who companion stories mirror the show. Dedicated fans with a burning desire to fill the void between each episode will gobble these tales up with utter delight.

I’ve read a couple of these, here and there. But in all honesty, most of the time I just listen them as an audiobook. The pace is quick and the transitions are numerous, but the tales never fall to be enjoyable. These stories are like episodes; they’re written like one, encompass the same banter as one, and flow as th
Nov 16, 2014 Lindsey rated it really liked it
(I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.)

Giant insects have started terrorizing a normally peaceful village, and the Doctor attempts to get to the bottom of it. After closer inspection, it seems that the creatures are being created at the local science park, and the number one suspect is the mask-wearing scientist who works there.

I enjoyed this Doctor Who title more than the last one I read. There was a good bit of action, and though character de
Anna (BooksandBookends)
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
Now this Doctor Who book I really enjoyed! It is well written, maintains the characteristics of all the main characters, is easy to relate to and thoroughly entertaining from start to finish, with lots of twists, turns and unexpected events! My daughter is a Doctor Who aficionado and I suspect she and other Whovians will be delighted by this addition to their Doctor Who library! If you don’t like creepy crawlies and monster sized ones would terrify you, give this one a miss or it could totally ...more
Khalia Hades
Sep 14, 2014 Khalia Hades rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own

It was soooooo different from the telly series. The doctor in the book was different and colder in the book than the series and Clara was...well...her. It was a creepy read. Loved it.
Jan 02, 2015 Georgette rated it it was amazing
DO NOT read before bed or if you are terrified of spiders.
GREAT entry into the Dr. Who story series. Can't wait to read the next one.
Jon Arnold
Nov 24, 2015 Jon Arnold rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: doctor-who
Doctor Who vs giant insects and arachnids. Efficient.
Meeeeehhhh. Eher mäßig. TV-Episoden sind besser.
A Reader's Heaven
Oct 10, 2016 A Reader's Heaven rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi, net-galley
(I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)

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.
Purpleallison Hoffman
It was an interesting read, but nothing spectacular.
Andy Hickman
Sep 30, 2016 Andy Hickman rated it liked it
Mike Tucker, “Doctor Who: The Crawling Terror” (Random: 2014)

Ok story, with the intension to induce arachnophobia. Modern science experiment with WWII correlation.

“'I'll have you know that my tambourine solo was one of the highlights of Woodstock.'” - Doctor (p18)

“The Doctor's eyes blazed and Clara felt a tingle of anticipation run down her spine. Despite the danger, despite the death, it was these moments that brought her alive, that made every second of her extraordinary life worth livi
Sep 17, 2014 Jen rated it really liked it
Let me first preface this by saying that I am a Whovian, so, yes, I may be a tad bit biased. Or, all right, extremely biased. Now, I won’t divulge which Doctor is my favorite--maybe I’ll claim that there’s an aspect of each of them that I find immensely fascinating--but I will tell you that Nine was the first one I journeyed with. And when I saw on Blogging for Books that they had some Doctor Who titles available for review, I was excited; but which to pick? After hours of deliberation (or 5 ...more
Lauraelisabeth (fashion-by-the-book)
I received a copy of this book in exchanged for a honest review. In no way did the author or publishing company influence my review. For all my reviews, see my blog

This review will also be called “Look at what a geek I am.”
The Doctor and Clara are brought to a small English town, the TARDIS being called there by Ley Lines. At first, nothing seems out of the ordinary. Until they stumble onto the biggest spider web Clara has ever seen, and the body inside confirms t
Apr 26, 2015 Nicole rated it really liked it
Shelves: paperback
I hate spiders, especially since seeing Arachnophobia as a kid. However, I love Doctor Who. So, when I was given the opportunity to review Doctor Who: The Crawling Terror by Mike Tucker, there was some initial hesitation.

The village of Ringstone is quiet and quaint, but when large insects suddenly descend and threaten the residents, only the Doctor and his companion, Clara, can help with the giant Daddy Longlegs that have appeared without warning. The Doctor immediately realizes some genetic eng
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