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The War Doctor Returns in “Engines of War”

Details have been revealed on a new Doctor Who hardback novel entitled “Engines of War, written by George Mann.

Tdoctor-who-engines-of-war-hqhe story will fill in some of the blanks of John Hurt’s incarnation and events in the Time War leading up to The Day of the Doctor.

Mann teases what fans can expect in the new DWM: “A new companion! Calculating Time Lords! New Dalek paradigms! It’s a war story, at its heart, set against the backdrop of great turmoil and chaos.

“But it’s also about the Doctor’s personal journey, how he ends up where he is at the beginning of The Day of the Doctor. He’s been through the wringer; and in Engines of War, he’s not given any reprieve.”

UPDATE: Synopsis added:

“The death of billions is as nothing to us Doctor, if it helps defeat the Daleks.”

The Great Time War has raged for centuries, ravaging the universe. Scores of human colony planets are now overrun by Dalek occupation forces. A weary, angry Doctor leads a flotilla of Battle TARDISes against the Dalek stronghold but in the midst of the carnage, the Doctor’s TARDIS crashes to a planet below: Moldox.

As the Doctor is trapped in an apocalyptic landscape, Dalek patrols roam amongst the wreckage, rounding up the remaining civilians. But why haven’t the Daleks simply killed the humans?

Searching for answers the Doctor meets ‘Cinder’, a young Dalek hunter. Their struggles to discover the Dalek plan take them from the ruins of Moldox to the halls of Gallifrey, and set in motion a chain of events that will change everything. And everyone.

An epic novel of the Great Time War featuring the War Doctor as played by John Hurt.

The hardcover release is is released 31 July 2014 (RRP £12.99).

Step back in time...

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DaireConstantineOReilly
DaireConstantineOReilly

WHAT !!!!! The Tme War Raged for Centuries ???? , I DID NOT KNOW THAT.!!!!!

It makes me look at the time war differently and realizes how the doctor was effected by it soooo much. I thought the war only lasted about 5 or 10 years (like modern Wars), It explains why the 8 the Doctor Regenerated into a young man and then got old [Became John Hurt] . I would love to see a Mini-Sode or Episode of the Young War Doctor fighting in the time war in his battle TARDIS. I don't plan to read the book, but Mabye the Audio Version if they do it.

Doctor What and Where
Doctor What and Where

So much not interested in this.


And really, wouldn't it have been for the better that the War Doctor never had a companion?

DrKnockers05
DrKnockers05

Wow. Really like the sound of this. 'Prisoner of the Daleks' is one of my favourite hardbacks so if this one's just as gritty, shocking, and action packed as that, there may be a new favourite on my list.

Also, MORE FROM THE WAR DOCTOR! It's already going to be an awesome book when every line said by the Doctor will be mentally heard by me as Mr Hurt ;D

ScottFalconer
ScottFalconer

I love picturing "A weary, angry Doctor leads a flotilla of Battle TARDISes against the Dalek stronghold" Just gives me chills :D



DaftDalek
DaftDalek

Wow, I mean just wow, really. This is ...wow. I have no words to describe it...

MrThorfan64
MrThorfan64

Hopefully we won't have to wait long for more of the War Doctor Adventures. I'd like to have other races getting involved. Maybe the Vampires could join the Daleks for revenge on the Time Lords. I would love the Dalek Time Controller to appear.

IsmaeeldeSilva
IsmaeeldeSilva

The War Doctor and Absalom Daak Dalek Killer team up against the Daleks in the Time War, now that'd be a story.

Creepy_Ghoul
Creepy_Ghoul

So, the Doctor activated the Moment on Moldox?

Malohkeh
Malohkeh

More War Doctor! Great premise! Give it to me!!! Now!!!

PaddyB
PaddyB

I think I remember some other Doctor Who book having a one-off companion called Cinder. Can anyone remind me?

Also, the phrase, "flotilla of battle TARDISes," makes me feel giddy!

Antee991166
Antee991166

Wow, the synopsis made it sound even better!

Padaster
Padaster

Ermagherd, Special Weapons Dalek!

Smaragdkek
Smaragdkek

Wow, I am normally not one for non-telly DW, but I will probably grab this, it sounds pretty good.

The Finn
The Finn

ARGLEGARBLEBARGLE!!!! THIS SOUNDS SO GOOD!!

Liana21
Liana21

I love they had decided amplify War Doctor's story. I'm absolutely going to buy this book

PK-S
PK-S

My excitement levels are going through the roof. I can't wait.

sontaran17
sontaran17

Oooooooooooh!!!!!! I cannot wait!

LordRassilon
LordRassilon

I hope that we can eventually have a full-cast reading (audio book) of this: That would be absolutely fantastic!

capaldi3699
capaldi3699

Great, now he needs a mini episode like Paul mcgann

Goldenchest
Goldenchest

Would the War Doctor really be the type of Doctor to have a companion though? I think it would be more fitting for him to simply operate alone, since he basically shunned himself from his own title.



Malohkeh
Malohkeh

I mostly want this book for more of the War Doctor. Seeing more of the Time War will be nice, but seeing more War Doctor stories is more important to me.

voterassilon
voterassilon

Ahhhh I should have known this day would come.... I've been slaving over a fan fiction on the exact same subject and this sounds extremely similar to my concepts. :( At least it's a book and won't be canon.

Diana van der Pluijm
Diana van der Pluijm

I'm not entirely sure I want to read about the Time War. I'm afraid that however good the writing will be, it will detract from the wonderful, amazing images that still fill my head whenever I think about The Nightmare Child and the Would-Be King and his army of have-beens and never-weres. Besides, it's a Time War. A war that's not just waged throughout time, but in time itself. I don't think it's possible to capture the utter insanity of this in a book or a movie. I think it's best left in the realms of imagination. But... I could of course be proven wrong. ;-)

12 jammy dodgers
12 jammy dodgers

Totally agree. Captain Grumpy's whole story depends on the fact that he is a loner. That's what distinguishes him from the other Doctors. His loneliness is one of his driving characteristics. It's also very important in the development of 9,10 & 11's personalities. Unless the companion dies, I personally think it detracts from the loneliness and sadness of the War Doctor. Two very important factors that make him who he is. BTW, how awesome an actor is John Hurt???

Malohkeh
Malohkeh

@DrKnockers05 Prisoner of the Daleks is so gritty that it can be traumatic. Terrifyingly good stuff.

VictorWong1
VictorWong1

@Goldenchest Depends on the type. He could get an associate like Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, or fall in with a fighting unit. It's also possible he'd take in refugees from a battle, orphans who have no other place to go.

Odds are also pretty good that any companion of the War Doctor may be treated by the creative people as redshirts, which will add to his melancholy.

Angie Whodini
Angie Whodini

I hope it lets us see why he was not the Doctor and hated by his future selves. It seemed it was more than the decision to kill them all.

Liana21
Liana21

For me books are cannon

AlessandroArsuffi
AlessandroArsuffi

@Diana van der Pluijm Honestly it's the opposite for me. Essentially, because I really want to be proven wrong. Everybody's got his fanon and headcanon, but in my case I hope to find some confirmations and some errors when the TV show gives us an answer. It's so boring being right and it's so exciting being amazed!

B910
B910

@12 jammy dodgers True but what if that's the whole purpose of the new companion? To revive the best parts of the old ones to make the Doctor feel even lonelier and bitter. Someone who tries to get close but gets pushed away and eventually turns their back on the Doctor until the point where he needs them the most. I can honestly see it working both ways.

DamianChristie
DamianChristie

@12 jammy dodgers  The Doctor has had many one-off companions, both in TV serials (eg Astrid, Wilf, Adelaide Brooke) and in the books and audios. And as you suggest, I think the War Doctor is very much driven by loss - it's likely he may have had a companion that he was fond of (eg another Time Lady) who perished in the heat of battle. Think of the Time Lady Serena in Terrance Dicks' World Game - she accompanies the Second Doctor in his travels in that story and sacrifices herself so the Doctor may live.



Doctor What and Where
Doctor What and Where

@12 jammy dodgers John Hurt alone sold the concept of the War Doctor, and certainly is a worthy replacement for either McGann and Eccleston. He's great enough to not make you miss the previous two while watching it, and to Moffat's defense, that was some GREAT casting.

ilyootha is in the Divergent Universe
ilyootha is in the Divergent Universe

@12 jammy dodgers It's certainly not going to be a companion in the regular "Hey, wanna come with me and see the stars?" sense, more likely it's just a one-off character who is forced to team up with the Doctor against the Daleks.

DrKnockers05
DrKnockers05

@Malohkeh I was genuinely shocked reading it in some places. Had a slight Torchwood vibe at times in terms of it's content. Really quite violent for a Doctor Who story :P But all the same, it was a fantastic read :D

Night at the Whovies
Night at the Whovies

@VictorWong1 @Goldenchest Yeah, I could be about a companion trying to join him, but not being wanted and how he/she 'does a Rose' and tries to make him better or the military idea. We will just have to find out!

SeanBarry
SeanBarry

@Angie Whodini  I think they hated him for the decision to get involved at all, the double genocide was just the icing on the cake.

Temporal_Tomato
Temporal_Tomato

If any medium can capture the Time War, it's Prose. But of course, it has to be done right.