• Doctor Who: Engines of War

  • By: George Mann
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Briggs
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Release date: 12-19-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Ltd
  • 4.7 (471 ratings)

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Publisher's 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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By Amber on 01-27-15

Nick Briggs delivers a great entry for Doctor Who!

This novel brings so much more to the War Doctor than we we able to see in the 50th anniversary special. Even though he is considered his own regeneration, it's very easy to see him in this story as an older Eighth.

The companion was the best kind of all - completely human. No deep connection with the Doctor's past, no superpowers, just an ordinary person doing extraordinary things.

The narrator, Nicholas Briggs, has been voicing the Daleks (and several other DW villains) since the series' revival, and is also the producer for the Big Finish audio dramas. His absolute understanding of the characters in this universe lent itself well to his portrayal.

Well done to George Mann! I look forward to more of your work. Thank you for your story.

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By Sweetgran on 01-21-15

Highly Recommend

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Highly recommend to Whovians especially those who would like to hear more from The War Doctor. This story takes place just prior to the events in the 50th Anniversary TV special.
Nicholas Briggs does an amazing job of narration. I could hear and see John Hurt throughout the story.

What did you like best about this story?

Nicholas Briggs narration.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


Any additional comments?

I want to hear more stories from the War Doctor era.

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By Mrs. Beverley Hooper on 04-09-16

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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By C. J. Mclaughlin on 07-22-16

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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By Clare on 08-04-15

War Doctor Tale

I thoroughly enjoyed this war doctor tale. It would be great to hear more about him.
The performance was fantastic. Nicholas really captured the essence of John Hurt.

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By Kurt on 01-09-15


A brilliant glimpse into the chaos of the Time War. A must read for all those avid Doctor Who fans!!
Nicholas Briggs does a awesome War Doctor performance as well as his usual Dalek voice!!

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