Review: Doctor Who – Engines of War by George Mann


3 out of 5 stars | Goodreads

I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

I may not have been a Doctor Who fan as long as some, entering the fandom sometime in 2010, but I feel I’ve attempted to make up for lost time in many ways – one of them being to read as many Doctor Who books as I can get my hand on. So far, none of them have quite hit the heights of the television show, none of them have shown the Doctor in quite the right way.

But that’s the good thing about this book – it features a Doctor we barely know, the ‘War Doctor’ who was first introduced in the show’s 50th anniversary special. This Doctor is nothing like the others, and this is the point in his life where he earned the nickname ‘Predator’ from the Daleks. This means that George Mann had an opportunity to create his ‘own’ Doctor, in a way, or at least not have to rely on the mannerisms and characteristics of the Doctors we know from the screen. The War Doctor is how he sounds – more ruthless, perhaps a little cold, but every bit as determined to save people.

And because this is the War Doctor, Gallifrey still exists, as do the Time Lords. It was wonderful being able to glimpse their society, and also shocking to see that the majority are not as compassionate towards the human race as the Doctor. This definitely felt like a more adult book, compared to other Doctor Who novels I have read, but then again Doctor Who has always had a reputation for being unexpectedly scary in places!

This was a fun adventure that allowed me a glimpse into the Doctor’s past, and fleshed out a version of the beloved Time Lord that we have only briefly seen. If you’re looking for something to tide you over until the next series, this could be it.

2 thoughts on “Review: Doctor Who – Engines of War by George Mann”

  1. The current crop of Doctor Who novels are good, but they’re not quite in the same realm as the books that filled the gap between classic Who and new Who. The New Adventures and Missing Adventures were a lot of fun and some of the best tie-in reading I’ve had the pleasure of reading. Some of these are getting published again by BBC books and some were available for free download on the BBC web site. Or you may come across them in used book stores or on E-Bay. I recommend them.

    You can even read Paul Cornell’s original novel of “Human Nature” before he adapted it for the TV show. 🙂

    1. I’ve read several of the New Adventures, and I liked those. None have REALLY stood out yet though.

      I do actually have a Paul Cornell novel on my Kindle, but I can’t remember if it’s that one or not!

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