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MIKE TUCKER is an Emmy nominated, BAFTA winning visual effects designer. He spent 20 years as part of the BBC’s in-house Visual Effects Department before setting up his own company, The Model Unit, in 2005. As a writer he has contributed to the ‘Doctor Who’ ranges, novelised several scripts for the ‘Merlin’ range, and co-authored a history of the BBC VFX Department.

“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… 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.

Just in time for Halloween, The Crawling Terror is a Doctor Who based novel around giant spiders terrorizing a community. This reminded me very much of those awful 50’s scifi movies like Them, Swamp Thing, the Brain that Wouldn’t Die and of course the Giant Gila Monster. This was such a fun throwback to the classics horror movies that practically invented the genre of Science Fiction.
The characters are true to the Doctor and Clara. I adore the current Doctor almost as much as I love Clara, so it is nice to read their stories in a book as a break from the show.
The writing and story is fun and quickly drew me in to the world of the Mad Man with a Blue Box.

“I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.”

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