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Doctor Who: War of the Daleks (Eighth Doctor Adventures #5)

3.12  ·  Rating Details ·  289 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
The Doctor is repairing the TARDIS systems once again when it is swept up by a garbage ship roving through space, the Quetzel.

When another ship approaches and takes the Quetzel by force, the Doctor discovers that he and Sam are not the only unwitting travellers on board - there is a strangely familiar survival pod in the hold. Delani, the captain of the second ship, orders
Paperback, 1st, 288 pages
Published July 6th 1998 by BBC Books (first published July 1st 1998)
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Shannon Appelcline
A book that should not have been written.

The biggest problem is the retcons, which dramatically undercut "Remembrance of the Daleks" and to some extent undercut every single one of Davros' appearances. If you're going back and explaining what "really happened" in 15 years worth of TV shows, you're probably doing it wrong.

Beyond that, the book is very shallow and somewhat fanwanky in the way that it references every Dalek story it can. That shallowness is also due to the fact that the novel is an
Nicholas Whyte
Mar 04, 2010 Nicholas Whyte rated it it was ok

I very much enjoyed Peel's novelisations of black-and-white era Dalek stories, where he managed to inject a bit more sense and continuity than was to be found in the originals; here he writes a fun Eighth Doctor story which is very much in the tradition of the Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Doctors' televised encounters with the spawn of Skaro, including lots of thrilling elements such as Thal commandos, Davros on trial and yet leading a faction in a Dalek civ
Jacob Webb
May 08, 2012 Jacob Webb rated it did not like it
Again I confess this is not a book I was capable of seeing through, but for what they are worth here are my thoughts on the opening.

This one threw me.

By all accounts this is a bad book (that is to say all accounts of it that I’ve encountered), and I shan’t say otherwise, but due to the universality of it’s condemnation I had… different expectations of it. In truth I found The Bodysnatchers harder to read, it’s lumbering graceless prose was harder work than this, and at first I was surprised that
Matthew Kresal
Jul 25, 2011 Matthew Kresal rated it liked it
To paraphrase a famous quote about Hamlet: "What can be said about War of the Daleks that hasn't been said all ready?" This 1997 Eighth Doctor Adventure remains one of the most controversial novels in Doctor Who fandom as few novels have its polarizing effect. Having only come into fandom in January 2007 this novels reputation intrigued me enough to read it. So here is my take on one of the most controversial Doctor Who novels ever...

The novel does have some pluses. John Peel knows the eighth D
Jun 15, 2013 Michael rated it it was amazing
This is what a Dalek story should be. I can't comprehend the hate this book gets, because to me this was easily the best Eighth Doctor Adventure book thus far [and having read several more before getting to review this, I have to say I still feel it's the best].

The Daleks are properly menacing in this book, unlike many of their on-screen appearances. Having plans-within-plans and thinking like the highly-intelligent creatures they are supposed to be is a nice change of pace. More, it was great s
Sep 03, 2013 Melyssa rated it it was ok
Shelves: vo, doctorwho
"I feel like i've come in at the middle of a film. None of this is making much sense to me"

Bouais. Ca fait quand même beaucoup d'air brassé, tout ça.

En fait, je crois que le mot qui me vient vraiment à l'esprit devant ce livre, c'est qu'il est fainéant. Il a un background énorme, de bonnes grosses idées de fond, mais elles sont inexploitées comme par fainéantise. Du coup on a plein de bouts d'histoires qu'on n'a même pas cherché à marier mieux que ça entre eux - une partie relativement inutile e
Jul 04, 2014 Niki rated it liked it
Shelves: english, doctor-who
Nice and complex Dalek story, referencing every single Dalek episodes from the classic TV series. It's mostly "base under siege" for the first half, which gets a bit dull on generic spaceships like these, but it still works. The second half is a highly complicated political plot, significantly retconning the established canon in very creative ways, and the result has an impact on all eras of the classic TV series. It's revealed that all of the Daleks' TV appearances, as well as the war with the ...more
Sep 24, 2013 Mel rated it liked it
I kept feeling like I should have liked this more than I did. I'm torn between giving it three or four stars. It was a fairly solid Dalek story. There was BRILLIANT gender balance, especially for a Doctor Who novel. The two new characters that were introduced were a woman solider, a veteran of many campaigns and a woman mechanic. It would have been so much easier and more normal to have made both those characters male. So I will give the book an extra star for that. The problem with it was that ...more
Michael Otway
Jun 02, 2016 Michael Otway rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
A really solid continuation of the Dalek civil war storyline from the original series.

To be honest, I'm not sure why there are so many bad and average reviews for this book. The action is full paced and vivid and made me wish this could be a movie.

I am a massive fan of Remembrance of the Daleks and I understand many are uncomfortable with the way this re-writes a little of the history of the previous few dalek stories from the classic series. It is pretty arrogant of Terry Nation to ask John Pee
Christopher Buchanan
I'm not a big fan of Dalek stories in general. They've just been done too much. They're stagnant. This story works for me though on some levels many Dalek stories miss.
1. The Daleks aren't portrayed as bumbling pepper pots with an undeserved reputation, ripe for the Doctor to stroll in and kick over. They are bad ass, clever and manipulative in this.
2. It actually pays attention to the Daleks continuity rather than just throwing in whatever seems cool at the time like most. It actually even goe
Feb 23, 2011 Leela42 rated it liked it
Shelves: eda, eighth-doctor
Eighth Doctor Adventure (EDA) with Sam. This is something special for longtime fans of the classic series. The author draws heavily on the various broadcast _Doctor Who_ Dalek episodes, so if you haven't seen them you'll wonder what all the fuss is about. But if you have, this is quite a trip! If you've a lot of reading experience, at first you think you know where the story is going. But then, about a third of the way in, something unexpected happens that takes it off in a completely original ...more
Aug 03, 2016 Ellinor rated it did not like it
Shelves: unfinished
I don't know whether or not I will finish this book. I've been enjoying the Eighth doctor novels up until this one, but this one is just ridiculous, feels like poorly written fanfiction. A moral dilemma we've seen a hundred times before, and all better written, ridiculous stretches to include every Dalek story ever, and the Doctor is written like a self insert male Mary Sue, with all the hots girls fawning over him, obviously. And there's been several downright misogynistic remarks about the ...more
Daniel Kukwa
Aug 24, 2011 Daniel Kukwa rated it it was ok
Shelves: doctor-who
WHY!?! Why does such an exciting and fast-paced story -- perhaps John Peel's MOST exciting & fast paced genre writing ever -- have to be lumbered with dull, cardboard characters...and an agenda designed to smugly re-write the impact of the far superior "Remembrance of the Daleks" out of Doctor Who continuity?


Let's thank the recent time war for providing us an excuse to enjoy this novel's more positive aspects, while being able to ditch its preposterous story agenda with a clear consc
Aug 11, 2009 Michael rated it did not like it
Shelves: review
The Daleks are trotted out for their first original story to be published since the demise of the tv series and reading this book it's a shame that the perambulating pepper-pots weren't left to rust in peace. The prologue describes a full scale Dalek planetary assault, with all different types of battle Daleks in conflict with a Thal army - it's good stuff. Unfortunately every prologue precedes a book and this book is poor indeed. The characterizations are clumsier than usual and the narrative ...more
Jul 21, 2013 8thdoctor rated it really liked it
I had very mixed feelings about this one.I like many didn't like the retcon approach but I understand the need for it to fix perceived continuity issues. However I did love the political manipulation of the Daleks. it was nice to see a side other then simply Exterminate! Additionally the Thals were great. I loved the idea that after there pacifist loving life style how the Doctor is to blame for them becoming a militaristic society dedicated from birth with one sole purpose,to exterminate the ...more
Mar 02, 2009 Travis rated it liked it
Shelves: doctor-who
The Eighth Doctor and Sam get caught in the middle when Dalek politics errupts into civil war. Do they side with the faction lead by Davros, the one lead by the new Dalek Emperor or stay in the middle and try to keep both sides from dragging the rest of the galaxy into this battle?

One of the better Eighth Doctor books as it reads like a really good episode of the TV show, rather than trying so hard to be dark and clever.

Even Sam, one of my least favorite companions, is well written and interesti
Wes Herbst
Jan 02, 2016 Wes Herbst rated it liked it
This one was the most like an actual episode of classic Who out of all so far. A cool finish to the R's of the Daleks. The story itself played out like something Heinlein would have written. The Supreme Dalek didn't impress me as a villain.

It wasn't as violent as Vampire Science, The Bodysnatchers or Genocide, in terms of violence described against humans. So far, the Eighth Doctor novels have a very gory motif.
Veet Voojagig
Sep 07, 2012 Veet Voojagig rated it it was ok
The characters seemed flat; even the Doctor wasn't written in a particularly interesting manner. The POV changed far too often, and the interludes only drew the reader further away from the main plot. Yes, Daleks kill people all over space and time. There was no reason to keep showing it, since it never tied back in to the plot.

Sam in particular came over as wooden. The only bit of character she displayed was being jealous of the Doctor, and that in itself was annoying and unnecessary.
Abby Eichstedt
Apr 06, 2014 Abby Eichstedt rated it liked it
I enjoyed it. I really did, Sam and the Doctor were great. The supporting characters were great. I loved how everything tied back to previous episodes. Then again, I'm a sucker for wibbly-wobbly-timey-wimey (and not a single regret for using that phrase!).

Loved the political conflict between the Daleks. Fascinating.

I didn't care much for the intro, though. I found it hard to push through and get to the good stuff.
Eric Long
Feb 01, 2015 Eric Long rated it liked it
Sometimes I believe that must be an ongoing challenge between any Doctor Who writer who gets to pen a Dalek story to see just how convoluted they can twist the Dalek/Thal continuity. And I was greatly disappointed by the Movellan cop-out. That strikes me as a poor choice on behalf of the author in an attempt to explain his rearrangement of Davros history. Honestly, Davros bores me.
Melinda Botterbusch
Mar 23, 2015 Melinda Botterbusch rated it really liked it
Slow in the beginning but turned out to be a REALLY good Dalek story. I still am having a problem liking this 17 yr old companion who is jealous of every female the Doctor comes in contact with.
Aug 24, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: tossed, club-specials
Eighth Doctor and his companion are inadvertently picked up by a garbage scow collecting debris from a battle between the Thalls and the Daleks. Faced with the consequences of his interactions with the Thalls, the Doctor inadvertently helps the Supreme Dalek with his plans for civil war.
Sep 18, 2013 Andy rated it really liked it
Shelves: 8
Echoes of and repercussions from Remembrance Of The Daleks
Hatred and bloodshed in equal amounts and some fantastic writing, everything the best Dalek stories bring to the whoniverse not to mention the Thals back in force!
Mar 19, 2013 Angela rated it liked it
The Doctor meets the Daleks again, and things are not what they appear to be.
This is like a history lesson about the daleks, and then turns it all on its head. It's a fun enough plot with lots of action. A good read.
Jan 14, 2011 Penwiper rated it it was ok
A very early EDA, and you can tell that they haven't really figured out the Eighth Doctor's character yet. Not one of the better one's I've read - fine, but very plot-by-rote. Sam is as dull as ever. But mostly it just suffers from Complete Lack Of Fitz.
Scotti Dee
Jan 06, 2013 Scotti Dee rated it liked it
This book starts off really well and then deconstructs into a complicated and dull plot. Abandoning many existing storylines. Meh still worth reading though.
Rich Meyer
Jul 12, 2013 Rich Meyer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2013
Excellent Eighth Doctor novel that reintroduces both the Daleks and their evil creator Davros. Well-written and reads just like a good episode of the TV series!
John rated it really liked it
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Aidan rated it did not like it
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Jan 17, 2016 Chris rated it really liked it
Completely entertaining, well written and well paced.
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John Peel is the author of Doctor Who books and comic strips. Notably, he wrote the first original Doctor Who novel, Timewyrm: Genesys, to launch the Virgin New Adventures line. In the early 1990s he was commissioned by Target Books to write novelisations of several key Terry Nation Dalek stories of the 1960s after the rights were finally worked out. He later wrote several more original Daleks ...more
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