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Doctor Who: The Crawling Terror (12th Doctor novel) [Kindle Edition]

Mike Tucker
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Book Description

“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… 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.

With the village cut off from the outside world, and the insects becoming more and more dangerous, the Doctor knows that unless he can decode the strange symbols engraved on an ancient stone circle, and unravel a mystery dating back to the Second World War, no one is safe.

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An original novel featuring the Twelfth Doctor and Clara as played by Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman

About the Author

Mike Tucker is an author specialising in books for children and young adults, and has written several original ‘Doctor Who’ novels, a number of ‘Merlin’ novelisations, and original fiction for other shared universes. He has also written numerous factual books relating to film and television, including a history of the BBC’s Visual Effects Department, where he used to work.

Alongside his writing, Mike works as a Visual Effects Designer, and his company - The Model Unit - recently won a BAFTA Craft Award for its miniature effects work on the 50th anniversary ‘Doctor Who’ episode ‘The Day of the Doctor’


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2038 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Digital (11 Sept. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849907730
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849907736
  • ASIN: B00HFALTEY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,798 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Crawling Terror 1 Oct. 2014
By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is one of three newly released novels featuring the Twelfth Doctor, as portrayed on tv by Peter Capaldi, travelling with his companion Clara Oswald. As such, all three novels are interesting in the way that the authors have portrayed the character of the newly seen Doctor, and how they build on the interpretation so far given to the character by Capaldi, and his relationship with Clara and the rest of the Universe. The author of this book, Mike Tucker has worked in tv for many years, including work on Red Dwarf and Doctor Who, and has written a number of novels, as well as Big Finish audio stories. As such, any reader would anticipate him having a really good handle on the world of Doctor Who, and what the audience would want to read.

This story starts with a number of strange appearances of supersized insects and one very angry arachnid targetting people in a small village in Wiltshire. The Doctor and Clara arrive when the Tardis picks up some ley-line disturbances which the Doctor feels warrant investigation. (Clara is concerned the Doctor is becoming a hippie, but the Doctor assures her his tambourine solo was one of the highlights of Woodstock.) The story feels at first like it’s going to be a classic ‘giant insects terrorising small village’ story, but it soon takes a much, much darker turn. Because the beginning of this story started a long time ago, and the Doctor is going to find himself torn by the need to save this time, at the expense of lives in the past.

I really enjoyed this story; I felt throughout that there was a thread of the Third Doctor and Sarah Jane running through both the story, and the relationship between this Doctor and Clara. The UNIT-type involvement of the military in the story was very well done.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The overall summary is that this is a really fun start for the new Doctor in the book series.
There is a fantastic understanding of the characters and traits of both Clara Oswald and this incarnation of the Doctor that shines through in the writing; no matter the moment you can clearly picture and hear in your head these actor's play it out without any struggle, and that is where the novel works. It also builds a good atmosphere too for the most part, often getting an eerie element that although won't have you terrified out of your wits, will nonethless give you a slightly unsettling feeling during spider season.

Where I feel the story falls apart is in it's length as it feels the story would have been perfected in a shorter state, and the stretch means there is more explanations that I won't spoil, but stretched credulity to an almost camp aspect that ruins the atmosphere it has built thus far.
The structure also takes a little getting used to initially; almost every paragraph signals a switch in perspective of characters in the town dealing with this crisis, giving both Doctor and Clara perspectives but also civilians and military. This keeps it fresh and probably could have sustained the book without the extra plot developments.

That said, even with the odd lull, this book is still a worthwhile purchase and will get multiple readthroughs, making it a definite worthy purchase.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For whom the bell tolls 21 Sept. 2014
By Alaran
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Giant insects, mad scientists, zombies and Nazis! It is hard to imagine that all these common and popular types of villains can be smoothly amalgamated into a two-hundred and fifty page novel, but the author does so very successfully. There is strong pacing, plenty of action and lots happening, whilst being smoothly and coherently plotted.

The action is set predominantly in a small quiet town that has come under attack from both mutated insects and enthralled zombies. Using a village under siege as a locale is a tried and tested setting which brings to mind numerous science fiction and horror stories, including several Doctor Who adventures. The use of a stone circle with its hidden purpose and a missing stone is certainly reminiscent of ‘The Stones of Blood’ (and certainly in a good way). However, it is probably the Daemons that most comes to mind with a madman in a village trying to release and make a deal with an alien, malevolent force.

Indeed, in many ways there are similarities with typical Third Doctor and UNIT stories. It is easy enough at certain times to imagine substituting the Twelfth Doctor for the Third. Even so the characterisation of the Twelfth Doctor is reasonably good for the most part considering how little has been seen of him yet on screen. One of the better elements of the Doctor’s portrayal in this novel is through the perspective of Clara. The book successfully captures the slightly uncertain relationship between the Doctor and Clara that is present in the current television series. The author succeeds in giving the impression that Clara isn’t sure just how this new incarnation will act. It is probably this uncertainty that makes Clara more of the moral compass in this novel than the Doctor.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Superior Bug-Hunt 14 Sept. 2014
By Poldy
Format:Kindle Edition
Something is wrong in the quiet village of Ringstone. Foxes are being eviscerated by half-seen things, a man has been wrapped in an enormous spider’s web, and when a child tells her mother that the daddy-longlegs in her bedroom huge, she means “huge”. Where are these overgrown insects and arachnids coming from, and who is causing them? Could the nearby scientific research centre, run by a mysterious man with a mask covering half his face, possibly have something to do with it? And could the old stories of fighting giant insects be more than fantasy? It falls to the recently-regenerated twelfth Doctor and his companion Clara to investigate, and find a solution to the attacks, hopefully before the military bomb the place flat. The Doctor will find that the events in the village are not as new to him as they might be.

Mike Tucker, as well as being the visual effects wizard on the TV series, has written several other very tense and readable Doctor Who novels. This one, perhaps due to being aimed at a younger readership than used to be the case, is rather less involving than some of his previous work, and is a fairly standard bug-hunt. The village is overrun by giant creatures, and the Doctor and friends have to try to deal with them without falling victim to them. This is a fast-paced and well-written novel, the pace perhaps distracting the reader from some of its faults. As often seems to happen in the recent Doctor Who novels, the characterisation is practically non-existent. Several inhabitants of the village are major characters, including the local vet, policeman, an old soldier and a school-boy, but there is very little detail or back-story to make them distinct.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Same old, Same old
Not a bad story but in some ways I have read this sort of plot line many times before and there was nothing really new to excite me. Read more
Published 25 days ago by c.j.storey
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Very interesting novel would recommend 5 stars given as enjoyed the read could of been longer but that just me
Published 28 days ago by glenn russell
4.0 out of 5 stars Stunning 12th Doctor
A great start to stories with The Doctor and Clara. I just had to read on! Can't wait to download the next one
Published 4 months ago by Mark Parry
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Good but silhouette was better. Quite a good storyline though lots of different characters to remember. Good adventure with the new doctor. Worth a read
Published 4 months ago by Geoff Fairbourn
4.0 out of 5 stars Attack of the Giant Insects!
Well this story is very much along the lines of a typical third Doctor story, so the ground is reasonably familiar to all Doctor Who buffs. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Lilli de la Field
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good
Excellent Doctor Who story. Well written and a top subject. Super read. Would recommend to all . Fans of Doctor Who
Published 6 months ago by Michael John Hammond
1.0 out of 5 stars Extremely disappointing.
This would be an ok book if it wasn't such a clear rip-off of "The Strange World of Planet X". Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars It would make a brilliant T V episode
Highly recommend this 12th Doctor book. It actually 'plays' in your head like an episode. Mike Tucker (author) really has captured Peter Capaldi's doctor brilliantly (especially... Read more
Published 7 months ago by paul howlett
4.0 out of 5 stars The crawling terror
I saw the first and every episode since of doctor who ,and have read many of the books .This is my first of the new doctor and enjoyed the read .
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