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Doctor Who: Eater of Wasps (Eighth Doctor Adventures #45)

3.66  ·  Rating Details ·  114 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
On 49th century Earth, mankind has developed time-travel technology, and a government security force has been set up to control illegal time jumps.Special Agent Kala Golightly has been assigned the mission of recovering a devastating weapon that has been accidentally sent back through time. Traced to Wiltshire, 1934, the timer on this weapon is running and if Kala doesn't ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 1st, 288 pages
Published May 7th 2001 by BBC Books
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Nicholas Whyte
Apr 08, 2009 Nicholas Whyte rated it liked it
Shelves: doctor, who, 8th, fitz, eda, xm, 2013, anji, 1308
http://nwhyte.livejournal.com/2157753.html[return][return]A very effective tale of body horror here, with some similarities in central theme and historical setting to the later TV story The Unicorn and the Wasp but without the Agatha Christie bits and with more killer aliens. The Doctor is starting to behave all unsympathetically, though, and veers closer to cruelty than I would like. However the two companions, Fitz and Anji, have plenty to do and the wasps themselves are tremendously well visu ...more
M
Mar 13, 2013 M rated it liked it
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This one spends a lot of time trying to creep you out with 'Ewwww gross bugs being gross!' and not much time on a plot.

There were some great moments with the futuristic SWAT team and the classy Englishmen. I was sad when people died. Lots of people died. It's one of those 'and then everybody died' stories.

The train scene was cool but ultimately a bit pointless. Nothing in the plot surprised me. Not even that obnoxious lady (who was basically the Wicked Witch of the West sans green face).

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Hamish Crawford
Aug 30, 2016 Hamish Crawford rated it it was ok
A pleasant but undemanding read, that doesn't quite make good enough use of its setting or genre (an Agatha Christie-esque village, unsubtly named 'Marpling'). It is interesting how fallible and unlikeable the series had let Paul McGann's Doctor be at this point, although new companion Anji isn't a particularly strong foil (his other companion Fitz is much stronger but gets consistently sidelined). Still a rather cosy read, and very clearly as evocative of traditional Doctor Who yarns as Baxenda ...more
Richard
Sep 26, 2011 Richard rated it liked it
Traditional Who with all the right elements in place. Fun, with just the right level of horror present. The Eighth Doctor is in his element in an adventure which merges the futuristic with the quintessentially British past. It was personally made all the more compelling by the fact that a wasp was caught in my bedroom late at night whilst I was reading. The juxtapostion of this event with the antagonists of the book immediately brought back childhood fears long thought buried!
David
Oct 18, 2008 David rated it really liked it
Quite a fun adventure with the Doctor and his companions arriving in a quiet English village in the year 1931. Predictably however things don't stay quiet for long. With a terrible weapon hidden in the village, mutant wasps and a commando team from the future, the Doctor soon has his work cut out trying to prevent armageddon.

A fun adventure but not for the squeamish, particularly those who hate wasps.
Simon Curtis
Mar 02, 2010 Simon Curtis rated it really liked it
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Top class Who.
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Trevor Baxendale is a novelist who has penned several Doctor Who tie-in novels and audio dramas. He lives in Liverpool, England with his wife and two children.
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