Engines of War
Well, it’s out.
Yesterday, my new Doctor Who novel, Engines of War, hit the shelves of bookshops and the doormats of those people kind enough to pre-order.
It’s the first solo adventure of John Hurt’s War Doctor, and the first story to take place entirely during the Time War. (Wow. When I write it out like that, it still causes me to catch my breath).
Today, I’m feeling a little shell-shocked from all the excitement. I can’t quite believe the response from fans, which has been universally positive, generous and genuinely excited. Phew!
It was such a privilege to be given the opportunity to write a new tale for this little-known incarnation of the Doctor, and a little terrifying at the same time. Writing a book like this is fraught with peril. Every Doctor Who fan the world over has an idea in their head about what went on during the Time War, and I was very conscious when setting out that I left room for all of that to be true. It’s important, I think, that the Time War continues to fulfil that function for fans – everything that you, your friend, any of us imagined, did happen. Of course it did. That’s the beauty of a ‘time war’.
Similarly, though, I tried very hard to do it justice, to tell a tale that was both epic and personal, that revealed some secrets, and had one foot in the past and one in the future.
It’s a little early to be talking spoilers, I think (the book isn’t out in the US for a few more weeks), but one of the things I’ve been most delighted to see is that people really seem to get that I was aiming to strengthen the bridge between the classic series and the modern series, to offer a sense that this is all one continuous show, and that the Time War is the thing that happened in the gap. It was the ever-insightful Paul Magrs who pointed out to me that it read like a feature film made during the hiatus, and I realised that was exactly what I’d set out to do.
I hope people continue to enjoy it. It was an absolute blast to write.
Thank you to everyone who’s bought a copy and taken the time to show their support and talk about the book online. It really does make a difference.