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Series: Doctor Who: New Series Adventures #55
Also in this series: Doctor Who: Silhouette, Doctor Who: The Blood Cell
Published by Broadway Books on September 9th 2014
Genres: Historical, Science Fiction, Time Travel
Source: Blogging for Books
"Well, I doubt you'll ever see a bigger insect."Amazon •
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.
Mature-Content Rating: Violence, Language
“With time rapidly running out, he used the technique that had served him well in so many of his previous incarnations. ‘Eeny, meeny, miny…’”
In The Crawling Terror The Doctor and Clara find themselves in a small village in England infested with rather large bugs. Of course, sticking to true Doctor Who fashion, big bugs isn’t the only thing going wrong in the village. Add a bit of secret World War II weapons, Nazis, a stone circle, and a few aliens in the mix then you have a great plot!
As with Silhouette and The Blood Cell, I won’t count off points for the Doctor’s behavior in the book since the books were written before the 12th Doctor series even aired, but as a whole all the characters fell flat. Clara (as much as I detest her character) hardly reacted to the situation at all, and the military were way too trusting in the Doctor for not being a part of UNIT.
Overall, it was a good book with a good plot, but defiantly needed fine tuning on the characters.