Ooh, now – this is rather exciting. Remember back in 2005 how the Time War was nothing but a distant, mysterious concept, substantiated only by fleeting references from a teary-eyed Doctor? Well, now we have a brand new novel set during the war itself, with a brand new Doctor to boot!
Doctor Who: Engines of War is an official BBC release from author George Mann, so this crucial chapter in the Time Lord’s life is indubitably canon, (which is quite apt for a war story!) As the writer himself said in Doctor Who Magazine:
“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.”
The story opens with the Doctor leading a flotilla of war TARDISes against a Dalek stronghold, but, “in the midst of the carnage”, the Doctor’s TARDIS crash-lands on the planet Moldox, an apocalyptic landscape overrun with little green blobs in bonded polycarbide armour! Teaming up with a young Dalek hunter named Cinder, the Time Lord’s struggle takes him from “the ruins of Moldox to the halls of Gallifrey”, setting in motion “a chain of events that will change everything. And everyone…”
Now, even if you’re not a book fan, Engines of War sounds like it has the potential to be All Kinds of Awesome. It’s not out until July 31st, so there’s plenty of time to get those £9.54 pre-orders in!
Go on – it won’t Hurt…