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Enter The Wasp...
on 18 May 2001
The thing that struck me most about Trevor Baxendale's 'Eater Of Wasps' is that it is very unspectacular. I don't mean that it's a dull book, but Baxendale tells the story in such a solid, traditional way, that although it's an enjoyable book to read, it is a little unsatisfying.
The Doctor and his companions arrive in a sleepy 1930's English village, but the tranquil nature of the village is about to be destroyed by the presence of a piece of alien technology, and time commandos sent to recover the technology.
Baxendale characterises the Doctor well, adding a layer of darkness to the character which is shown through his unpredictability exhibited here. One major criticism of this book though is the fact that neither Fitz nor Anji seem to have particularly important roles in the story, and they seem to spend much of the novel running around pointlessly. Aside from this Baxendale exhibits a flair for the macabre with the chilling scenes involving the killer wasps, and shows how horror should be done in Doctor Who. The quality of Baxendale's writing is good, although in some of the scenes towards the end, he fails to create the tension and drama that he is intending to. The main problem with this book though, is that the plot, although interesting, is too straightforward - it hurtles towards it's conclusion far too easily.
Overall, 'Eater Of Wasps' is an enjoyable enough book, even if it remains somewhat unsatisfying.