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Doctor Who: The Crawling Terror

(Doctor Who: New Series Adventures #59)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  1,054 ratings  ·  175 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 *of House Targaryen*
Sep 14, 2014 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 06, 2014 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
Nov 30, 2014 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, th ...more
Jim C
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a book that is based on the television series. This has Peter Capaldi as The Doctor and Clara as his companion. In this one, giant insects are attacking a town. There is more to the story than just giant insects attacking and soon The Doctor and Clara are involved in stopping this crisis.

I thought this book was one of the better media tie-in books from this universe. I was immediately impressed at how the author portrayed The Doctor. I know this was published early in the first year of C
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 (BOK)
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
Aug 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf, netgalley
We're raced through the terrors of giant insects at normal Doctor-speed (that is, barely time to breathe) while Peter Capaldi is still getting accustomed to his twelfth incarnation. As always, he seems to trust to luck as much as intuition and skill to save the day while Clara risks everything to prevent an old-school plot to take over the world with plenty of historical parallels, and as always he offers his opponent a chance at redemption.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy from Netgalley in ex
Jun 13, 2016 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
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
!Doo wee oooh!

4.5 out of 5 extraterrestrial stars!

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First of all, this book was mental. Giant bugs? Get me the hell out of here. I would have DIED. I hate bugs. Imagine giant roaches. I'm having a heart-attack just thinking about it. Good God, help us all.

This was the most recent buddy read I did with my friend Brooklyn (follow her at brooklynthebookworm!), and not the first Doctor Who book we've read with 12. And 12 is one of
Amelia Oswald
Jun 01, 2017 marked it as dnf
Shelves: mystery, sci-fi
This is why I prefer watching sci-fi to reading it.
I bored for about 30 pages of this book . And don't get me wrong I love Doctor Who (I'm a Whovian after all. That was the reason why I bought it from the first place !!). I should have considered the plot before buying this book.
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 17, 2014 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 07, 2014 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
Oct 27, 2014 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 b ...more
Khalia Hades
Aug 06, 2014 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 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.
Dec 10, 2016 rated it liked it
A sleepy English village is soon cut off by various large insects and arachnids.
There’s a really 70’s/UNIT vibe to this story!
Jon Arnold
Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: doctor-who
Doctor Who vs giant insects and arachnids. Efficient.
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book had a bunch of problems for me-- especially near the beginning. It really picked up near the middle but slacked off again near the end.

Part of my problem with this book is wrapped up in this is very solidly Moffat era Who and also very early on in 12s run; so finding out who he is, especially coming over from 11 and his new chemistry with Clara can be difficult. It also suffers again from choices that I don't agree with, like 12's mad hate -on for soldiers. (and while I can understand
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Insects are pests—especially if they are gigantic!

Staring the 12th Doctor and Clara Oswald

Possible Spoilers

The TARDIS lands in Wiltshire to investigate disturbances with the ley lines. Ringstone Village has a circle of standing stones carefully aligned with ley lines laid out to mark the summer solstice. Something is using the power of the ancient markings as a power source.

The village is surrounded by enormous spiderwebs. People who are in cannot leave. People wanting to get in having to walk a
Katie Charles
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Zoltán Buka
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
It was not badly written by any means but it wasn't anything special either. The whole book felt like a third Doctor story where UNIT was changed into some generic soldiers and the companion from Clara to Jo. Even the Doctor's lines were like something Jon Pertwee would say with the constant "man" put at the end of every sentence. (And the usual "reverse the polarity of..." joke.)
The plot was cliché-ridden and no amount of self-awareness of the cheesy elements was able to really make it fun.
Jun 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: doctor-who
Something is turning insects into large killing monsters. Aliens are involved. The Doctor and Clara just happen to land in the village just as people are starting to die. This is a decent storyline with lots of action set pieces. Obviously written because lots of people are scared of insects. A good read.
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: no-longer-own
This...was surprisingly good. Most DW novels aren't exactly the bee's knees, but they do scratch an itch. This one was actually pretty good. It may be my favorite DW audiobook since The Pirate Loop.

The first quarter was genuinely scary (and tragic), then it became a bit more de rigeur for the series.

Recommended for all DW fans.
Brooklyn Tayla
This book was literally all the terrifying, it was packed to be the brim full of creepy crawlies and everything to drive one into nightmares. Nonetheless it was a gripping and action packed read, filled with historical insights and definitely written canon to 12 and Clara.
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Mike Tucker is a special effects expert who worked for many years at the BBC Television Visual Effects Department, and now works as an Effects Supervisor for his own company, The Model Unit. He is also the author of a number of original tv tie-in Doctor Who novels (some co-written with Robert Perry), and three books based on episodes of the television series Merlin. He co-wrote the factual books A ...more

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