It’s been a good six months since The Day of the Doctor, since John Hurt put his stamp on Doctor Who as the so-called “War Doctor,” the incarnation of the time lord who fought in the Time War, previously unknown and slotted in between Paul McGann’s Eight and Christopher Eccleston’s Nine. It was a clever twist on the Who mythology and set Moffat up for the even bigger changes that came in the Time of the Doctor Christmas special. But we only saw a small sliver of the War Doctor’s life, and based on his initial appearance in the Night of the Doctor webisode, it was a long life even by the Doctor’s standards. It stands to reason there’s a lot of his story left to be told. If you were hoping to learn some of those stories, mark your calendar for July, and the release of Doctor Who: Engines of War.
Author George Mann recently teased what to expect from Engines of War in Doctor Who Magazine: “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.” Mann says that the War Doctor will be put through the wringer, and that the epic backdrop will service a very personal story, one that will explore how he came to be the weary War Doctor who found redemption — albeit exasperating redemption — with a pair of his timey-wimey future selves. (You could say it was the difference between “Night” and “Day”…)