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Summary

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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very good

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

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