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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.
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on 2 May 2009
*Should be five stars not three*

Superb entry in the Eighth Doctor series of novels; Trevor Baxendale stays true to the film's portrayal of a sensitive, eccentric but still brilliant incarnation of the Time Lord. Baxendale's dark and chilling horror story combines classic `Who' with a refreshingly macabre horror sensibility that never threatens to take the story over.

The prose flows and the novel remains engaging and accessible to the very end; much like the writer's efforts in the recent Tenth Doctor range of original adventures. The plot doesn't keep you guessing but still makes fascinating and `unputdownable' reading.
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on 11 May 2001
This is one of the top books for a TV remake. Just reading it calls superb Sfx scenes to the mind which are counterpunched well with the 1930's Agatha Christie (Miss Marple) style village. A clever release date at the start of the wasp season helps as well.
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.
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on 30 January 2010
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

the doctor

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

other thoughts

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

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on 10 March 2008
The Doctor and his two companions, the disgruntled Anji and the slightly shady Fitz, land in a sleepy English Village in the early 1930s. Like usual their trip is not for pleasure as they soon realise when a man's body is found stung to death by thousands of wasps. It seems that an alien artefact has landed on Earth and has caused the wasps to try and use human bodies to multiply. One man in particular has become infected and he is intent on bringing his wasp babies to term. If tackling a man turning into a giant wasp was not enough the Doctor must also contend with another group from the future. This group will do anything to destroy the lost alien artefact, even if it means using a nuclear bomb.

`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.

Sammy Recommendation
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on 9 May 2001
Oh yes!! This is it!! A beautiful Dr Who book from first page to last. A great plot-horrifying and exciting by turns. And so visual... The characters are so well written for, and there is a wonderful balance of humour, particularly with the regulars. We need more like this BBC-fear the wasps!
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