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This book has intrigued me ever since I found out about it It was published as part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations and It is fascinating for two reasons first it is used as a link to part of a larger grander storyline a link within a link if you like from one Doctor to another marking not only the special event but also presenting us a doctor only hinted at and not even referred to in a time when everything changed for the Doctor.The story is fascinating, it not only portrays a part This book has intrigued me ever since I found out about it It was published as part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations and It is fascinating for two reasons first it is used as a link to part of a larger grander storyline a link within a link if you like from one Doctor to another marking not only the special event but also presenting us a doctor only hinted at and not even referred to in a time when everything changed for the Doctor.The story is fascinating, it not only portrays a part of the Doctors life I never really knew about did anyone and what happened and what he was involved with but also the fact that really adds substance to a Doctor who was really relieved as part of the anniversary celebrations That said all the classic traits that make the Doctor both so loveable and so dangerous are there.I think my only negative point about this book and the Doctor it reveals is that as far as I know this is the only book it would have been interesting to readabout him but since he was the Doctor of the Dalek time wars thewe learn about him thewe learn about the great war and I think that is one episode of the Doctors history we respect and do not ask too many questions about Let s begin with a disclaimer that I read this because my dad gave it to me as a Christmas gift I don t, generally, read media tie in novels or comics Despite my abiding desire to continue Buffy or Farscape, I just can t do it I read and greatly enjoyed many of the Star Trek novels when I was a child Nevertheless, I find that the actors bring something to their portrayal of a character that not even the best writer can capture The best novels are the ones by writers who manage to come clos Let s begin with a disclaimer that I read this because my dad gave it to me as a Christmas gift I don t, generally, read media tie in novels or comics Despite my abiding desire to continue Buffy or Farscape, I just can t do it I read and greatly enjoyed many of the Star Trek novels when I was a child Nevertheless, I find that the actors bring something to their portrayal of a character that not even the best writer can capture The best novels are the ones by writers who manage to come close In the physicality of the performance, the way the actors make use of the set and the reactions of other characters, we receive so muchthan mere narration and dialogue can convey.Now, Doctor Who Engines of War is a War Doctor novel, so that makes thingsinteresting With only the one television appearance of the War Doctor, we don t have much to go on So George Mann has a littlelatitude That being said, I think John Hurt did an amazing job during the 50th anniversary special So does Mann manage to capture the way the Doctor s enthusiasm is constantly bubbling to the surface, even in this, his most serious of incarnations I don t know I don t really have any experience to judge this sort of thing The Doctor in this novel is just not my Doctor any of them because he isn t on TV It slike I m reading Doctor Who fan fiction just officially sanctioned fan fiction.Thematically, this is a very strong work Engines of War leads into The Day of the Doctor, showing us the events that finally galvanized the Doctor into using the Moment As usual, it s not the fate of billions that moves the Doctor so much as it is the sacrifice of a single human being Time and again, we see the Doctor s companions act as mirrors for his own morality stopping him when he is going too far, and pushing him on when he hasn t gone far enough.For Doctor Who fans, this is a book full of continuity references The Doctor s attitude, and the Time War itself, has its origins in his fateful decision not to abort the creation of the Daleks way back in Genesis of the Daleks That was one of the most tense moments of the entire show, and so much interesting drama has since developed out of that one question of morality.Now on Moldox we see the Daleks testing a super weapon that is meant to wipe out Gallifrey and win them the Time War The Time Lords want to stop that, but with collateral damage of the billions of humans in that system The Doctor, of course, can t stand for that Mann further develops the idea planted in the new series that the Time War changed the Time Lords for the worse, particularly after they resurrected the ruthless Rassilon to lead them.The plot, by comparison, underwhelms though I find that s pretty common, even with the television episodes Lots of running to and fro, little clever conversations with various characters, and then a bombastic climax in which the Doctor manages to scrape through on his brilliance andoften than not his companions heroism It s an easy read.That s about it If you like Doctor Who, there is a lot you will enjoy in this book If you like these novels, I suspect you ll find this a good one This has not changed my mind about Doctor Who novels or other tie in novels It was the palate cleanser I was looking for, but I don t feel as enriched by it as I do with most books I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review This in no way influences my opinions as stated below.Most Doctor Who novels are fairly lightweight, intended to fill in gaps between episodes and entertain without interfering with the overall canon as established in the continuity of the television show Engines of War, however, is a little different It still operates as a standalone adventure, but it has to carryweight than many previou I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review This in no way influences my opinions as stated below.Most Doctor Who novels are fairly lightweight, intended to fill in gaps between episodes and entertain without interfering with the overall canon as established in the continuity of the television show Engines of War, however, is a little different It still operates as a standalone adventure, but it has to carryweight than many previous books, as it takes place during one of the most significant events in the entire Whoniverse the Time War Not only this, but it also focuses on an incarnation of the Doctor that has received very little screen time, and thus has little in the way of established characterization to work with.Mann does an admirable job balancing so little previous character development and so much expectation The War Doctor is the most hardened and merciless incarnation, so it makes sense that this story is somewhatdisturbing and dark than previous adventures I have encountered in the New Series there are some graphic descriptions of abuses perpetrated by both the Daleks and the Time Lords that would feel out of place in many other entries While these things may set it apart, the story itself does follow the traditional pattern of Who novels the Doctor arrives accidentally on a planet, acquires a companion if he doesn t already have one along for the ride , discovers a dastardly plot, and works with his companion to attempt to foil said plot.In this instance, the Doctor lands on the planet Moldox, part of a system of colonized worlds that orbit an anomaly known as the Tantalus Eye He meets a young rebel fighter named Cinder, and with her help, discovers key information about the next phase of the Dalek war strategy But since this is the great Time War, rather than using his newly discovered intel to defeat the enemy himself, the Doctor spirits Cinder away with him to Gallifrey, and that is where things get really interesting.Perhaps one of the defining features of the reboot series Doctor Who is that it takes place following the Time War This has not only profoundly shaped the character in every new permutation, but the shape of the universe in which he resides the Time Lords have weighed on the Doctor s conscience and shaped his choices, and by extension those whom he helps or doesn t But in Engines of War we get a glimpse into the Gallifreyan side of the war, and it alters ones perspective on the conflict The brief appearance of Rassilon during the Master s return to the TV series hinted at what Mann fleshes outfully the Time War was never a black and white conflict of good and evil It may have begun with less moral ambiguity, but the Time Lords prove themselves to be equally capable of disdain for otherness and blatant disregard for inferior life It is no spoiler to acknowledge that the Doctor triumphs, especially as this novel leads directly into the events of the 50th anniversary special, but there was a heavier cost involved than your average Who novelized adventure.That being said, I generally have a system for rating Who novels And here it is Overall highly recommended, especially to fans cravingTime War lore Characterization of the Doctor pretty well done with limited resources His physicality is limited, but his personality fits pretty well with the overall conception of the War Doctor Plot follows a traditional pattern, but with some added menace and real consequences Companion Cinder was memorable and believable and she proved herself very worthy of the title of Doctor s Companion Enemy alien threat Daleks TIME WAR DALEKS So yeah, pretty effective And the Time Lords were equally menacing, and probably eveninfuriating.Summary blurb Engines of War is a thrilling entry in the New Series, and it answers questions that I believe many longtime fans have been contemplating Though the books may not be canonical in the grand sense, this one is a gift for those longtime fans that want to experience the previously untapped potential of the War Doctor as a true regeneration, and not just as a guest starCross posted on BookLikes 4.5This is how you write a Doctor Who story A disclaimer of sorts George Mann is one of my favourite authors I don t know if that should matter, but better to come clean I knew the story would be good, but I did not expect it to be this.The story itself is divided in three parts with different settings After a battle with the Daleks, the Doctor crash lands on Moldox, a planet ravaged by the Daleks There he meets Cinder, a very young Dalek hunter Since these Daleks act as no other Dalek th 4.5This is how you write a Doctor Who story A disclaimer of sorts George Mann is one of my favourite authors I don t know if that should matter, but better to come clean I knew the story would be good, but I did not expect it to be this.The story itself is divided in three parts with different settings After a battle with the Daleks, the Doctor crash lands on Moldox, a planet ravaged by the Daleks There he meets Cinder, a very young Dalek hunter Since these Daleks act as no other Dalek the Doctor has seen before, of course he has to investigate And, being the Doctor, he picks up a companion Unlike some of the annoying ones view spoiler Amy Pond hide spoiler , Cinder is a great and colourful character Their quest takes them from the Dalek base of operations on Moldox to Gallifrey I must admit I was thrilled to read about it There Cinder gets to see the Time Lords, beings as feared as the Daleks The second part of the book is on Gallifrey Not only he has to deal with the Dalek threat, he has to fight the arrogance of the Time Lords Let me tell you, they are everything I expected them to be andor less as the case may be As for the last part of the story, it is the solution part One could argue that the solution itself is all too convenient and it is , but since this is a Doctor Who story who cares The way this is written evokes every wonderful feeling I had while I was watching the Doctor s battles The moments when everything seems lost and all of a sudden faster and louder music starts and the Doctor finds a way He always finds a way Unsurprisingly, the story is a combination of depressing and horrendous themes after all, the Daleks consider all other life forms undeserving of life no secret there and the Time Lords are beyond arrogant and very dangerous and the humour found only in the Doctor s company.To be fair I ll admit that having access to Gallifrey and a dozen of Time Lords gave the author an opportunity to create aepic story than others And, as I said, I don t mind that solution because it suits this Doctor perfectly Thanks to Crown Publishing via NetGalley. Perhaps I came in with too high expectations, but I found this novel just doesn t feel epic enough Yes there are huge fleets of saucers and TARDIS fighting, we meet Rassilon and there s plenty of Daleks, but the prose is pretty basic and the Doctor is disappointingly generic Enjoyed the use of details from The Five Doctors and the idea of the Daleks recruiting alternative Daleks from other timelines But compared to the Time war depicted in the BBC Eighth Doctor novels, it s all a bit of a run Perhaps I came in with too high expectations, but I found this novel just doesn t feel epic enough Yes there are huge fleets of saucers and TARDIS fighting, we meet Rassilon and there s plenty of Daleks, but the prose is pretty basic and the Doctor is disappointingly generic Enjoyed the use of details from The Five Doctors and the idea of the Daleks recruiting alternative Daleks from other timelines But compared to the Time war depicted in the BBC Eighth Doctor novels, it s all a bit of a runaround I got an ARC through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review I very seldom read fan books i.e featuring characters from TV shows movies I think the last one I read was an X Files novel, some 20 years ago, and not even its original edition language So keep in mind I may not be the best person to judge such stories, and try to consider them from my point of view as a reader in general.Also, it doesn t help that I ve only seen one season of Doctor Who I love the series, but never manageI got an ARC through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review I very seldom read fan books i.e featuring characters from TV shows movies I think the last one I read was an X Files novel, some 20 years ago, and not even its original edition language So keep in mind I may not be the best person to judge such stories, and try to consider them from my point of view as a reader in general.Also, it doesn t help that I ve only seen one season of Doctor Who I love the series, but never managed to go further, because of reasons Shame on me Whatever I was spoiled about a few things, and not spoiled about many others However, I can at least give an opinion about that, and I m happy to report that the present novel isn t of the crumbling under spoilers kind If, like me, you ve only seen the first season, or not manyepisodes, then you already know that there was a Time War that the Doctor is a Time Lord, and that they do regenerate upon death that he had an important role to play during said war and that the Daleks are, well, the Daleks.You don t need to knowto read and enjoy Engines of War, and it won t spoil the whole series for you either Which you may consider either a good thing like I did , or a bad thing if you re a seasoned Whovian who wants a lotAlthough I admit I didn t catch a few references to events that happened in episodes I didn t see, I don t think it s really a problem This lack of background is specific to me anyway, and the story functions well even if you don t know anything about those events.Here, the Doctor meets a new companion, Cinder or, rather, Cinder does meet the Doctor , a young woman from Moldox Her planet and surrounding solar system was attacked and ravaged by the Daleks, and she s been part of a doomed to fail resistance movement since childhood When their paths cross, she jumps on the opportunity to leave this dying world, but soon comes to realise that it s not so easy as to just go away and find another place, because the latest Dalek made weapon is one that would totally change the fate of universe, both in space and time, if it were to be deployed.This book reads fairly easily, and much like an episode from the series I wasn t always completely happy with the writing, which was sometimes a bit too tell not show to my liking, but such occurrences were actually quite sparse There are plot hooks and cool concepts the possibility engine, the time wiping weapon , there are twists, we meet with a Doctor who sjaded and hardened than the one I got to know the Ninth one , yet still displays a lot of the Doctor isms I liked on TV The author managed to make scenes very easy to visualise, including the TARDIS s and other sounds not so easy to do without falling into the realm of ridicule The Time Lords are shown as just as fearsome as the Daleks, in their own ways And Cinder is a resourceful companion for the Doctor, not just some girl tagging along She has a reason to leave, a reason to fight, has picked useful fights along the way, and her humanity is an important anchor for the Doctor, one that deeply contrasts with Rassilon s cold, distanciated views.This wasn t the best novel ever, but it sure was worth the few hours it took for me to read it.3.5 stars A story about The Doctor when we wasn t himself.This book is about The Doctor between The unacknowledged and unknown until the 50th anniversary special Ninth regeneration of The Doctor He s commonly known as the War Doctor but he doesn t call himself that, Doctor , he says he is not that person any He is unworthy of his Name I enjoy George Mann s writing and I m excited to see what he tells us about what The Doctor did during the Time War.Update 3.5 stars bumped down here to 3, becau A story about The Doctor when we wasn t himself.This book is about The Doctor between The unacknowledged and unknown until the 50th anniversary special Ninth regeneration of The Doctor He s commonly known as the War Doctor but he doesn t call himself that, Doctor , he says he is not that person any He is unworthy of his Name I enjoy George Mann s writing and I m excited to see what he tells us about what The Doctor did during the Time War.Update 3.5 stars bumped down here to 3, because reasons *READ EPUB ☔ Doctor Who: Engines of War ☟ 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 MoldoxAs 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 everyoneAn epic novel of the Great Time War featuring the War Doctor as played by John Hurt I really wanted to get into this, but I just couldn t The Doctor didn t feel right even as the War Doctor I d expect to still feel the Doctor yness And the companion felt like she was just there for the sake of there being a companion. I am a huge Whovian and I just loved this book The writing style was great, the story was interesting, and seeing the Doctor interact with his fellow Time Lords was eye opening I am so happy I happened to glace over at the book store and saw this sitting there