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Doctor Who: Engines of War by George Mann

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adventurous dark emotional mysterious reflective sad fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


I'll try keep this review spoiler free but reading this book has made me really appreciate Doctor Who extended media a lot more. This book made me appreciate the character development of the War Doctor a lot more. Without spoiling anything this book will help you understand why The War Doctor wanted to end the timelords and daleks. Also Manns characterisation of the War Doctor was pure genius, all dialogue made me able to picture John Hurts War Doctor saying it. 

Also I really loved The War Doctors companion Cinder. They built up her story very well and the chapters from her pov were very entertaining to read. Stakes were really high with this character and I was rooting for her the whole way through. I also loved how it showed how the war had affected other beings across the Galaxy similar to Cas in Night Of The Doctor. 

The villains were fantastically written which had me in shock. Lately on our television screens the Daleks have had very poor writing but here Mann manages to actually make me terrified of them and seem like a threat. Seeing the Daleks menacing behaviour actually increases the stake of the story overall. I don't want to spoil the plotline with the timelords but this book beautiful displays how corrupted they had become and how similar they are to the Daleks. It doesn't sugar coat the actions of both sides of the war and has alot of allegories with real life.

Overall a very interesting and enjoyable book that expands on whovian lore extensively. This a masterpiece and is also a great place to start when it comes to Doctor Who books.

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