- Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: BBC Books; First Edition edition (7 May 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0563538325
- ISBN-13: 978-0563538325
- Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 1.9 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 890,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Doctor Who: Eater of Wasps Mass Market Paperback – 7 May 2001
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Another Doctor, Fitz and Anji novel. On 49th-century Earth, mankind has developed time-travel technology, and a government security force controls illegal time jumps. But a devastating weapon is accidentally sent back through time to Wiltshire 1934, if unrecovered, the consequences are unthinkable.
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this was very good loved the idea of the wasps and what they are doing to the villige the sde plot with the future group was also intresting and nice twist with one of the members
a lot of fans tend to think that the 8th doctor was not captured in book the best he could be but i feel its down to the imagenation and the type of story hes in ie space horror ect the doctor here i could imagine him down to the tee theres a bit where hes in the prison cell and the sugery classic doctor also when he tells his companions to kill its all dark and alein very doctor and just the way he sould be
fitz and anji
these two didnt have a lot to do but we find out a lot about how they feel with the doctor and to me thats more than giving them things to do theres a fantastic bit where anji outright declares his disgust with the doctor and fitz trying to reasure her fantastic stuff but it dose feel like they are just there melting in the background
the pink brothers are the best thing about this side of doctor who what happens to them is awfull and you can feel the pain its nice they took the doctor,s,fitz,anji side when miss harvers starts saying things oh talking of her what a nasty person its shocking with her twist but you really beging to hate her and everytime she apears you feel the same as the others the rgenald dosent feature much but hes really intresting and almost suffers the same fate as the farther from curse of fenric rigsby will disturb you put it that way the kid comes across as anoying but you feel sympathy for him
the comando team ( or futrue) are really bland the only person i loved from them is karla esepchally the screen in the tardis very well wrriten but the other two down right boring fat boy is an awsoem twist but thats about it
the whole book is a mix bag of horror images and action some nice dialog and insight in to the main charecters and side charecters minds well recomended
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.
Unfortunately the characters of Fitz and Anji are allowed to lag somewhat and seem reduced to back-drops or stereotypes occasionally(especially near the end) and after a long season of 'historic' type Doctor Who it would have been nice to have a future break.
That aside, the local characters were handled extremely well as was the Doctor. A really adorable book.
`Eater of Wasps' is perhaps the best Doctor Who book that I have read, up there with `The Year of the Intelligent Tiger'. The book is a classic B movie fodder with a great monster roaming a picturesque English village. The book takes the form of a race against time to stop a wasp monster, but also a nuclear explosion. The chase scenes are great and I really enjoyed the conclusion as the Doctor has only seconds to save Earth's timeline. As usual the 8th Doctor proves to be a forgotten gem with his relaxed, yet eccentric, style really appealing to the reader. Both Fitz and Anji do not have that mush to do here, but the action makes up for this. `Eater of Wasps' is a great indication of why tie in novels can be good - take characters you already know and quickly put them in exciting scenarios. This book is enjoyable for Dr Who fans, but also for general science fiction fans.
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