The characters of Barbara and Toaster introduced in this novel would later become recurring characters in the Iris Wildthyme and Lost on Mars series. Servo-furnishings would put up in various other works by Magrs.
Tiermann's World: a planet covered in wintry woods and roamed by sabre-toothed tigers and other savage beasts. The Doctor is here to warn Professor Tiermann, his wife and their son that a terrible danger is on its way.
The Tiermanns live in luxury, in a fantastic, futuristic, fully-automated Dreamhome, under an impenetrable force shield. But that won't protect them from the Voracious Craw. A gigantic and extremely hungry alien creature is heading remorselessly towards their home. When it gets there everything will be devoured.
Can they get away in time? With the force shield cracking up, and the Dreamhome itself deciding who should or should not leave, things are looking desperate...
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- The Doctor mentions the Aggedor of Peladon when facing the bear-creature in the Dreamhome.
- Martha is annoyed about the Doctor babbling about Rose Tyler.
- This was Paul Magrs' Doctor Who first novel to not feature Iris Wildthyme.
- This had the working title of The Wicked Bungalow but was changed prior to the release date after the intervention of Russell T Davies.
- The creature shown on the cover to represent the Voracious Craw is a lamprey.
- This story was also released as an ebook available from the Amazon Kindle store.
- The third edition of AHistory dates this story to circa 5850, as Barbra says in Enter Wildthyme that she's from the 59th century. However, many details of Barbra's backstory in Enter Wildthyme conflict with Sick Building. The short story The Dreadful Flap - which is more inline with Sick Building - gives Barbra's native era as the 35th century.
- The vending machine, Barbara, would later appear in the Iris Wildthyme and the Celestial Omnibus story The Dreadful Flap and the Iris Wildthyme novel Enter Wildthyme, both also by Paul Magrs.
- The Doctor mentions that he once tamed a savage beast by singing lullabies to it. (TV: The Monster of Peladon)
- Martha mentions being stuck on the Moon with the Judoon, (TV: Smith and Jones) caught in a gridlock in the year five billion and fifty-three, (TV: Gridlock) and just about plunged into the heart of a living sun. (TV: 42)
- The Doctor mentions the dead forests of Skaro after the neutron bomb. (TV: The Daleks)