The Crawling Terror


The Crawling Terror
Mike Trucker
Broadway Books

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.

I've been meaning to try some Doctor Who novels for a while now, so I pleased to find out that I had a chance to grab one of the newest for review!

The Crawling Terror takes place not long after 11's regeneration; Clara is still "getting used to" her Doctor's new body and figuring out just how 12 works. One thing I really liked about this book was how I could hear Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman's voices in the characters' dialogue- though, sadly the two of them were apart for most of the book. I never like the two of them so much as when they are together. :)

The writing itself wasn't bad- it was much better than some other TV/movie novelizations I've read. (Honestly, some of the absolute WORST books I've ever had the misfortune to read were movie novelizations) This one, however, was more than decent, though not amazing. Even though the plot- while well-realized- wasn't one I found the most interesting, it stayed true to the characters of the Doctor and Clara. The secondary characters were rather one-dimensional, but given that the show is often like that, I can't really complain.

The only real complaint I have is the mild language- mostly the Lord's name in vain, but there were also a few scattered uses of h*** and, near the end, d****. And the whole giant insect thing might freak some people out, although if you're frightened of giant insects and aliens, you probably aren't interested in Doctor Who in the first place... ; )

Rating: 7

I received this book for free from in exchange for my honest review.


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