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Old July 1 2014, 03:07 PM   #61
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On a rare occasion when did have to provide a name, he probably went with the old standby of John Smith
I really don't see how that would have worked.

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Yeah, I know, he could have substituted it with whatever the Gallifreyan version of John Smith is, but I assume he didn't since in my mind that is his real name.
The Doctor did have a nickname, as we saw when he met up with an old classmate from the Academy, who addressed him as "Theta Sigma."
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Old August 1 2014, 12:12 AM   #62
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Got it, read it, loved it.

Pretty much everything I hoped it would be. I can't really think of a single complaint to level at it.

The tone of the book is closer to series 1 than the rest of new Who, with the odd new adventure tone leaking into it (in a good way). It still feels like it could be an epic New Who special, but perhaps shown later in the day. Basically it feels like a slightly darker series 1 (when series 1 was dark and it could be real dark in Parting of the Ways). Just right.

It shows a war where both sides have been pushed to extremes, with the other species(humans for this novel) trapped in the middle. The Daleks and the Time Lords are shown to be both desperate, discarding their ideals as they try to survive and win. Yes, Daleks discarding their ideals.

The "War Doctor" himself is glorious in this.
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Old August 1 2014, 12:54 AM   #63
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Got it, read it, loved it.

Pretty much everything I hoped it would be. I can't really think of a single complaint to level at it.
I'm glad to hear this. I ordered it from Book Depository; I wanted the UK hardcover rather than the US paperback, and I didn't want to wait until September. It's on its way, and hopefully I'll have it soon-ish.
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Old August 1 2014, 02:01 AM   #64
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Yes, Daleks discarding their ideals.
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Old August 1 2014, 02:03 AM   #65
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Well, I'm content to wait until the American edition in September, but nice to know it's a good book.

Any other characters from the show in this? I've heard on other sites
Anyone else?
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Old August 1 2014, 08:24 AM   #66
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Any other characters from the show in this? I've heard on other sites
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Old August 1 2014, 08:38 AM   #67
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Hm, I didn't realize there was a hardback edition. Good thing I haven't ordered it yet.
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Old August 5 2014, 01:44 AM   #68
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Nice bit of artwork by popular DW fan artist Paul Hanley (the guy who basically designed McGann's "Night of the Doctor" outfit). Our new companion for the War Doctor (with the consultation/guidance of Engines of War writer George Mann) has essentially been cast:



Presenting Special Guest Star Hayley Williams (of Paramore) as Cinder.
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Old August 5 2014, 09:55 AM   #69
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Ugh.
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Old August 5 2014, 11:01 AM   #70
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Getting really bored, how every medium has to have a human young female as the companion - titan launched their 10th and 11th doctor comics last week and both do the same.

Other types of companions do exist!
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Old August 5 2014, 04:09 PM   #71
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On the other hand, it'd be a bit problematical if the show didn't have a female lead at all.
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Old August 5 2014, 04:28 PM   #72
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On the other hand, it'd be a bit problematical if the show didn't have a female lead at all.
Absolutely no problem with a female lead but does she always have to be a) European and b) from contemporary urban society?

The show doing it is one thing but the comics and tie-in media doing the same is a bit dull - it's a particular problem because the 10th and 11th Doctor comics have come out at the same time and have a similar focus.
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Old August 5 2014, 04:49 PM   #73
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On the other hand, it'd be a bit problematical if the show didn't have a female lead at all.
Absolutely no problem with a female lead but does she always have to be a) European and b) from contemporary urban society?
I'm certainly not saying that. I'd welcome companions from other worlds and eras. But for what it's worth, in the new Titan comics, neither of the new companions is Caucasian and only one is English (Ten's companion is a Latina from Brooklyn and Eleven's is a black woman from London). The shows haven't had an American companion since Peri (I don't count Grace and Chang Lee as companions) and I don't think they've ever had a Hispanic companion.
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Old August 5 2014, 06:13 PM   #74
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Cinder isn't from contemporary Earth.
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Old August 6 2014, 08:53 PM   #75
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Does the novel explain how long the War Doctor fought in the war? The reflection in "Night of the Doctor" looks like 1970's I Claudius/Alien John Hurt, for instance, and we know the Doctor usually ages slowly in his current body (The Matt Smith Doctor, for instance, seemed to last quite a few centuries-such as in season 6-before visibly aging on Trenzalore).


I'd like to think the Doctor himself doesn't really know for the most part, especially given the fluctuating ages given by the original series and to a degree the novels.
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