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Doctor Who: Engines of War

Narrated by: Nicholas Briggs
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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.

©2014 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2014 BBC Worldwide Ltd

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First great story of the War Doctor

Briggs’ impression of John Hurt as the War Doctor is incredible! The dialogue is witty and the story is compelling. A perfect doctor novel and I want more stories about this 8.5th Doctor incarnation since the show only gave us a fraction of an episode on the War Doctor.

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War Doctor Tale

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.

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EPIC!

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!!

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  • Ace
  • 27-01-2015

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.

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  • Sweetgran
  • 21-01-2015

Highly Recommend

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

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.

What did you like best about this story?

Nicholas Briggs narration.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely

Any additional comments?

I want to hear more stories from the War Doctor era.

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  • Bradford
  • 14-01-2016

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.

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  • Stevo
  • 04-04-2015

The Return of the War Doctor!

What did you love best about Doctor Who: Engines of War?

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.

Have you listened to any of Nicholas Briggs’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not an extreme reaction, but I loved every minute of it. We need more War Doctor audios!

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • J.B. Taylor
  • 04-10-2015

A Proper Doctor Who Story

Would you consider the audio edition of Doctor Who: Engines of War to be better than the print version?

Haven't read the book version.

What other book might you compare Doctor Who: Engines of War to and why?

Nothing. This is unique.

Which scene was your favorite?

Spoilers Sweetie

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me smile. This is Doctor Who at its finest.

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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.

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  • shawn landrum
  • 30-07-2015

amazing book

love the book great story narrator was great just loved the story must read for all Doctor Who fans

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  • Amanda
  • 11-01-2015

Thought provoking

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!

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  • Robert Marine
  • 26-06-2020

Was up doc

Really loved it. It brought me back to enjoying a great series. I really was inspired in the Audio books of Doctor who

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  • Michael Black
  • 26-06-2020

Like hearing a episode broadcast

I have often said that a narrator can make or break a audiobook. Nicolas Briggs was superb in his role as narrator. When he voiced John Hurt, I could hear John Hurt and the character he played on Dr Who. Nicolas Briggs played other characters as well and I could literally see the original story played out as I listened

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  • Robert Juarez
  • 28-05-2020

Great stuff.

This was my first experience with a Dr. Who novelization. I was really surprised at how good it turned out to be. Great production and sound quality, the narrator was top notch, and the story itself was quite enjoyable as well. Did a wonderful job of expanding on the characterization of the War Doctor. Overall it was a grim, but fun adventure.

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  • Mrs. Beverley Hooper
  • 09-04-2016

If you only buy one Doctor Who audiobook ...

What did you like most about Doctor Who: Engines of War?

... 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

What was one of the most memorable moments of Doctor Who: Engines of War?

The whole lot

What about Nicholas Briggs’s performance did you like?

Nicholas Briggs' impersonation of John Hurt's incarnation of the Doctor as it was spot on

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  • C. J. Mclaughlin
  • 22-07-2016

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.

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  • Simon
  • 02-02-2017

Exterminate!

All I can say is that this is great fun. Anyone who is old enough to remember peeking out from behind the sofa as a kid at the latest "terrifying" Dr Who episode. Who recalls witnessing the oddball antics of William Hartnell, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker or whoever your personal favourite was. Who enjoyed seeing them take on a mixture of tinfoil coated Cybermen and rubber suited guys covered in seaweed called the Sea Devils. Particularly those who of course could never get enough of the highly improbable daleks croaking out "Exterminate" and "I obey" . . .

If you're one of those and fancy doing your own trip back through time and reliving it all in Audiobook form then I'd say this is a good way to do it. Nicholas Briggs clearly has an empathy with the material and he's backed by some quality dalek voice "acting" and various sound effects. For me just hearing that theme tune at the beginning and end was worth the Audible Daily Deal price!

Great stuff and written with exactly the same regard to the laws of Physics and Probability that the original Dr Who was! Maybe not one for the purists.

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  • D. A. Chaloner
  • 24-06-2016

Great story.

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.

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  • Mike
  • 06-11-2015

Doctor Who books are seldom this good

Would you listen to Doctor Who: Engines of War again? Why?

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.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The War Doctor voiced so impeccably by Nicholas Briggs.

Have you listened to any of Nicholas Briggs’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Nope this is the first. But I would listen to him again.

Any additional comments?

If you buy one War Doctor book, make it this one. Not that you have much choice...

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  • Tony
  • 25-04-2017

Ten out of ten

A lovely prequal for the 50 th anniversary episode.
Sad in many ways but allows you to see the Doctor's mental state.

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  • A Turner
  • 03-03-2017

An enjoyable listen

Not my usual fare, and the quality of the writing was clunky in places, but a fun storyline and very well narrated.

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  • Ashley
  • 20-12-2016

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

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  • orkney buyer
  • 18-07-2016

Doctor Who: Engines Of War Review

I loved this audio book very much and it was very much easier to get

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  • Paula Cleary
  • 15-07-2016

very good

great story a must get if you're a doctor who fan! a insight in the time war

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