Sunday, November 16, 2014

Review: The Crawling Terror (Doctor Who, #55) by Mike Tucker

Read from October 31 to November 10, 2014.

(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 development for non-recurring characters is not usually a priority in the Whoverse, I enjoyed most of the ones introduced in this novel. We got a bit more insight into Clara's relationship with the newest incarnation of the Doctor, and it stays true to their characters, especially in light of the recent season finale.

Including a bit of time travel (of course), a little telepathic transference, and some military involvement (which the Doctor isn't happy about), The Crawling Terror fits well in the current Whovian canon.

A personal anecdote: While reading this book, I looked up to see a huge spider on my kitchen wall. Of course it would be the one thing out of the book that I wouldn't want to come to life. I would much rather have the TARDIS materialize in my kitchen, but I digress.

In short, I believe fans of the Doctor Who novelizations will enjoy this book.

Rating (out of five stars): 

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