Missing John Hurt's War Doctor? Well, he's coming back! (sort of)

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May 1, 2014, 4:53 PM EDT (Updated)

The War Doctor is heading into battle once again ... just not on television.

The retroactive reveal that another, darker incarnation of everyone's favorite Time Lord -- existing between the Paul McGann and Christopher Eccleston versions of the character -- was in fact the incarnation who ended the Time War all along was one of the biggest moments of Doctor Who's epic 50th-anniversary celebrations last year. In the special Day of the Doctor, legendary English actor John Hurt gave us a hardened, battle-worn Doctor burdened by the awful things he'd had to do to save the universe for us all, and by the end of that special it was sort of sad to see him go. What about the rest of the War Doctor's (the Powers That Be at the BBC call him the War Doctor, so that's what we're calling him -- Eccleston's still the Ninth) story? What about the other battles he had to fight, the other hard choices he made? 

Well, it turns out we're about to get at least a few more pieces of the War Doctor puzzle. BBC Books just announced a new Doctor Who novel, Engines of War, that will star the War Doctor and focus on the journey that led him to the events of Day of the Doctor, a journey that will feature encounters with Daleks, more Time Lords in the midst of war, and even a new Companion for this previously Companion-less incarnation of the Doctor.

“A new companion! Calculating Time Lords! New Dalek paradigms! It’s a war story, at its heart, set against the backdrop of great turmoil and chaos," author George Mann told Doctor Who Magazine.

“But it’s also about the Doctor’s personal journey, how he ends up where he is at the beginning of The Day of the Doctor. He’s been through the wringer; and in Engines of War, he’s not given any reprieve.”

So, if you want to see more of just what made the War Doctor into what he was when he met up with Doctors Ten and Eleven, as well as more of the unfolding Time War, this looks to be the book for you. Engines of War is available for pre-order now via Amazon UK (unfortunately it's not available in the U.S. yet), and will be released in hardcover on July 31. It just might be the perfect thing to hold us all over until the Twelfth Doctor finally appears this fall.

(Via Doctor Who TV)

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