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.
Read by Nicholas Briggs, the 'voice of the Daleks' in Doctor Who, this epic novel of the Great Time War features the War Doctor as played by John Hurt in the hit BBC TV series. Reading produced by Neil Gardner.Sound design by Simon Hunt.Executive producer: Michael Stevens.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this war doctor tale. It would be great to hear more about him.
The performance was fantastic. Nicholas really captured the essence of John Hurt.
A brilliant glimpse into the chaos of the Time War. A must read for all those avid Doctor Who fans!!
Nicholas Briggs does a awesome War Doctor performance as well as his usual Dalek voice!!
"Nick Briggs delivers a great entry for Doctor Who!"
This novel brings so much more to the War Doctor than we we able to see in the 50th anniversary special. Even though he is considered his own regeneration, it's very easy to see him in this story as an older Eighth.
The companion was the best kind of all - completely human. No deep connection with the Doctor's past, no superpowers, just an ordinary person doing extraordinary things.
The narrator, Nicholas Briggs, has been voicing the Daleks (and several other DW villains) since the series' revival, and is also the producer for the Big Finish audio dramas. His absolute understanding of the characters in this universe lent itself well to his portrayal.
Well done to George Mann! I look forward to more of your work. Thank you for your story.
Highly recommend to Whovians especially those who would like to hear more from The War Doctor. This story takes place just prior to the events in the 50th Anniversary TV special.
Nicholas Briggs does an amazing job of narration. I could hear and see John Hurt throughout the story.
Nicholas Briggs narration.
I want to hear more stories from the War Doctor era.
"The Return of the War Doctor!"
All of it!
Engines of War is an excellent book from start to finish. An epic Doctor Who adventure set during The Time War, full of action and very entertaining.
Everyone knows that Nick Briggs can do Dalek voices, but his portrayal of the gruff and grumpy War Doctor was so convincing you could almost hear John Hurt.
Nick Briggs did an excellent job of the other characters too, especially the 'companion' Cinder.
Not an extreme reaction, but I loved every minute of it. We need more War Doctor audios!
George Mann has managed to write a really interesting Doctor Who story that gives us an insight in to the darkest of all of the Doctor's; a violent incarnation weary of the world around him and prepared to do whatever it takes. Doctor no more!
This was a fantastic audiobook to listen to, and is highly recommended to fans of Doctor Who both old and new.
"It's like listening to an episode of Doctor Who!"
I've only read a handful of Doctor Who novels, but I figured a novel that featured the War Doctor was a chance to reintroduce myself to the genre. I couldn't have been happier with the experience. It really was, like the headline suggests, as if I was listening to a transcript of a TV Doctor Who episode complete with familiar sound effects, voices, characters and situations. George Mann does a phenomenal job throwing in multiple references to canon Doctor Who episodes, both before and after the War Doctor. Key elements of his story refer back to my favorite classic Who episode, "The Five Doctors," which just made the story that much more meaningful to me. Nicholas Briggs is the voice of the Daleks on the television show, and he displays his incredible range of vocal skills in the narration. He does an excellent John Hurt impression, so his War Doctor dialogue is spot on. Having the same voice actor as the TV show just makes the Dalek dialogue that much more authentic. The novel introduces elements of the Time War and (no surprise) also ties directly into "The Day of the Doctor" TV episode. I, for one, would welcome more War Doctor stories, both before and after the events of this book, but I'll have to settle for before. There isn't much detail out there about the War Doctor, how he thought and behaved, and this novel is a fantastic start to filling in the gaps on that iteration of the Doctor. Definitely a worthwhile read for anyone who is a fan of the rebooted series and the War Doctor.
"Grandpa Doctor's Own Adventure"
Diverting, if predictable, story elevated by perfect voice performance. A treat for 8.5-doctor fans as well as Dalek fans.
"A Proper Doctor Who Story"
Haven't read the book version.
Nothing. This is unique.
It made me smile. This is Doctor Who at its finest.
The story is well written. Very visual and stunning. You feel as though you’re in the thick of the action. That’s just with the words alone. You factor in the excellent narration, music and sound effects, and you have a fantastic listen.
Nicholas Briggs did an excellent job with the narration. The voice he does for this books doctor (played by John Hurt in the 50th anniversary episode called ‘A Day of the Doctor’) is an excellent impersonation of John Hurt. You really think it’s him. Very well done.
Thanks to great writing from George Mann I got to experience a true Doctor Who story, not some quickly thrown together garbage sold as a Doctor Who story.
The music added beauty to the overall story.
The sound effects made the story relentless, unstoppable and thrilling. It brought to life the dark and gritty moments, and made the story feel real…yes real. The action sequences were just damn near jaw dropping.
As for the characters. I thought the Doctor was written really well. George Mann brought to life Hurt’s character as seen in ‘A Day of the Doctor.’ Cinder was a pleasant surprise as the companion. She played very well off the Doctor, and in my opinion was a total bad ass.
There were some very neat aspects technology wise that I won’t tell you about because… spoilers sweetie.
Get this book, listen to it. You will love it.
love the book great story narrator was great just loved the story must read for all Doctor Who fans
Love this story! Memorable companion and it really fills in the gaps about the war doctor's motivations and the moral decline of the time lords. Nicholas Briggs nails the performance as well!
"cute but not THAT great."
it's an OK yarn but misses the show's whimsy and heart. the war doctor is tired and somewhat tiresome. it's a shame. I'd hoped for better.
"Cliche ending for companion but very emotional"
I cried several times, because this is a clearly broken Doctor. It didn't help that I knew what happened to this companion before reading the book, although I didn't know full details. When the climax occurred I felt rather disappointed at the predictable plot point. That being said, the whole book would be an episode of DW I would watch over and over if it was a shorter television format.
Briggs "John Hurt" voice is amazing and enveloping. His feminine Cinder can be off putting at times. I almost wish he had just tried to read her parts normally. A few characters tended to blend together. However, his Dalton Rassilon was brilliant as well.
Considering the climax and late in the game point of view change I felt disappointed in how the book ended. Considering the Doctor's telepathic abilities I felt like the POV change could have been avoided. When things happened, intentions, etc could have been worked around plus made Cinder's story that much more impactful, while keeping the same ending. Final two words we're brilliant. Also good explanation of how Gallifrey ended up as it did in the Day of the Doctor special.
"If you only buy one Doctor Who audiobook ..."
... this is the one to go for. It explains the Time War between the Daleks and Time Lords which has been omitted, but mentioned in the TV series and only story to have my husband glued to his seat and he HATES Doctor Who
The whole lot
Nicholas Briggs' impersonation of John Hurt's incarnation of the Doctor as it was spot on
"Should have been adapted by Big Finish."
This is a brilliant story that I would recommend to any Doctor Who fan, but would have made a better Big Finish Doctor Who audio play. I say this because the writer has totally got the War Doctor's character and you can just imagine his lines being spoken by John Hurt. The same with Rassilon, you get that it was written with Timothy Dalton's portrayal of the character in mind, which fits the Doctor Who timeline. Nicholas Briggs does a fantastic job, but the story just screams out to get these two wonderful actors to reprise their roles.
Great story. Great narrator. Nicholas Briggs delivers the words of the War Doctor with all the vocal inflections of John Hurt. Obviously he studied the actor well during the time they have worked together.
There are some continuity errors, But it never spoils the story.
"Doctor Who books are seldom this good"
Awesome book. Ties so many time lord plot lines together and builds on them. The characterisations of Rassilon and the War Doctor are on point and the moral dilemma at the heart of the book is perfectly pitched.
The War Doctor voiced so impeccably by Nicholas Briggs.
Nope this is the first. But I would listen to him again.
If you buy one War Doctor book, make it this one. Not that you have much choice...
"Really worth listening to"
I enjoyed listening to it very much could do with a john hurt reading of it otherwise a great read fills in some gaps
"Doctor Who: Engines Of War Review"
Nicholas Briggs did a awesome job doing engines of war and the voices of the daleks were awesome and cool. keep up the good work.
great story a must get if you're a doctor who fan! a insight in the time war
"Personal Review by Mitch Griffiths "
Fantastic audiobook. Amazing attention to detail and was really well written as well as voiced. Not only is it a solid story in its own right but it gives an insight and depth to the time war, painting a picture of how the Time Lords were just as bad as the Daleks themselves. Well worth the purchase!
"BUY THIS BOOK OR BE EXTERMINATED!"
I would love to listen to this again and I plan to soon! This book has an innate sense of tension that puts plenty of Doctor Who material - new or classic - to shame. This is my best impulse purchase on Audible since I got my account!
The closest book I can compare it to is Paradox Lost by the same author. Throughout you feel an ever growing sense of tension between the Doctor and the Daleks as with the.monsters from Paradox and the companions. You can FEEL this is one of the centres of the Time War itself! Both books felt like nightmares given form...almost Lovecraftian.
Briggs is able through his narration to make it feel as though John Hurt and the Daleks are in the room with you. Lines that might otherwise seem off or unusual roll off his tongue naturally. On top of this he makes the companion feel like a person, he enables you to relate to and feel sorry for her.
Yes! I could hardly bear to put it down. This book was so good I stayed up till 2am every night until I finished it, cheering for the Doctor the whole way through like a 10 year old!
Because of this book I have a new favourite Doctor Who author. I'm looking forward to the next George Mann!
Fills in a lot of obvious gaps in the Dactors' story to date, thanks very much!
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