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The Sunday Times bestselling novel.

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 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.

An epic novel of the Great Time War featuring the War Doctor as played by John Hurt.

Also available as an unabridged audiobook read by Nicholas Briggs.


What can I say about Engines of War that I haven’t already said?

I still can’t really believe that I was given the opportunity to write the first (and so far, only) novel featuring the War Doctor; to create a new companion for him; to detail a small corner of the Time War; to write about warring Daleks and scheming Time Lords; to revisit the Death Zone and Rassilon; and to contribute something so fundamental to the mythos of the show that I have loved and adored for as long as I can remember.

The fact that the book was then such an enormous success, that so many people wrote to me to tell me how much they’d enjoyed it, that it hit the Sunday Times bestseller lists in hardback – well, colour me blown away. I could never have imagined such a thing, as a young boy, sitting in front of Tom Baker repeats on UK Gold, or buying up as many VHS and Target books as I could to absorb this universe of adventure that had suddenly been opened up to me.

Doctor Who has been, and remains, a massive influence on my work. Engines of War was me saying thanks.


“It’s a must-read, a well-needed insight into the Time War that is exquisitely written amongst other things. Mann has a sure grip of the War Doctor, a sublime companion, plenty of edge-of-your-seat action sequences but, above all, Engines of War gives scope and considerably more depth to the Doctor’s dilemma in The Day of the Doctor, helping us see why he really was so conflicted over using the Moment.”
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“Action-packed and thrillingly fast-moving.”