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Target Books were by far the dominant publisher of Doctor Who prose fiction and non-fiction from the 1970s to the early 1990s. They were most famous for their line of novelisations of Doctor Who serials, in part because the novelisations were the principle route by which some fans could experience missing episodes. Technically an imprint, and not an independent publisher, they were owned by several houses. However, the Doctor Who line is most associated with W.H. Allen & Co, who owned Target from 19771989, and Virgin Books, who bought them in 1990 and extended and reprinted the line until 1994.

Overview Edit

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Exclusive First Look - Doctor Who & Memories - Doctor Who Day Of The Daleks - BBC

Target's novelisation output is discussed, along with what it meant to fans at the time.

Target Books was a publishing imprint set up in 1972 as a range of paperback fiction for readers of approximately 14 years of age. It was for its long lived and highly successful range of Doctor Who novelisations that Target became best known. Target almost exclusively published paperbacks, but their novelisations did occasionally get first printings in hardback by related publishers Allan Wingate and W.H. Allen & Co. Many of the hardcovers are considered rare, given that they received far smaller distribution than the paperbacks (especially outside the UK).

The Target imprint changed hands many times over its history but up until the end, when it adopted a more modern monochrome version, retained its distinctive, brightly-coloured logo. By the end of the series, they had novelised almost every Doctor Who television story and adapted every one of the First, Second, Third and Seventh Doctors' on-screen adventures.

The importance of the Doctor Who novelisations to maintaining interest and knowledge in the franchise cannot be overestimated. Prior to the 1980s, it was usually impossible to obtain recordings of previously aired stories. Reruns were rare and sporadic, and many episodes from the 1960s were destroyed and believed lost forever. The novelisations were (and in some cases remain) the only venues for reliving past stories or catching up on stories never seen before by fans. They also provided opportunities for many stories to be presented in a form unhampered by TV budgets and special effects technology limitations.

See also:

The 1970s Edit

Doctor Who in an Exciting Adventure with the Daleks and Doctor Who and the Crusaders, adapted by David Whitaker, and Doctor Who and the Zarbi, adapted by Bill Strutton, saw publication as hardbacks by Frederick Muller in the mid-1960s. In 1973, Target began its run of Doctor Who novelisations by reprinting these three titles. For the Target edition, the Daleks novel had its title shortened to Doctor Who and the Daleks. All had new covers by Chris Achilleos, who would illustrate the first wave of Target Doctor Who books.

An original publication, Doctor Who and the Auton Invasion by Terrance Dicks, would follow in 1974. Over the years, "Uncle Terry", as fans nicknamed him, would write more Target Books and have a closer association with them in the minds of fans than any other writer. He also wrote a short-lived series of simplified Junior Doctor Who novelisations for younger readers.

Linking some early Target novelisations to their television counterparts was a challenge at times, as for the first few years Target occasionally published novelisations under titles that differed from the TV originals. This practice actually pre-dated Target, with Doctor Who and the Zarbi having been based upon The Web Planet. Under Target, for example, Spearhead from Space became Doctor Who and the Auton Invasion. When the decision was made to keep the original title, the prefix Doctor Who and... was usually added. There were a few exceptions, such as the release of Doctor Who: The Three Doctors. Also there were occasional exceptions for first-edition hardcover publications, such as the novelisation of Revenge of the Cybermen, which was first published as Doctor Who: The Revenge of the Cybermen in hardcover, and Doctor Who and the Revenge of the Cybermen in paperback.

An even greater challenge is posed for those reading the books in televised order. When the Target line (and, indeed, the earlier Muller) were launched, the publishers had no inkling of the comprehensive nature the book series would take over the next 20 years. As a result, several novelisations ignore the events of previous stories, creating continuity issues. For example, PROSE: Doctor Who and the Doomsday Weapon, based upon the Season 8 story TV: Colony in Space, includes introductions for Jo Grant and the Master, with Grant meeting the Doctor for the first time. In reality both characters were introduced in TV: Terror of the Autons, which wasn't novelised until some time later, and that book once again introduced the two characters. Similarly, Doctor Who and the Daleks ignores the events of TV: An Unearthly Child and thus creates a continuity hiccup for those who first read the novelisation of An Unearthly Child, which wasn't published until the early 1980s. (This situation is not confined to 1970s issues; in the 1980s the novelisation of TV: Mindwarp contained an epilogue that contradicted the ending of a later novelisation, TV: The Ultimate Foe.)

The Muller reprints were not the last books by another publisher to be reissued by Target, as the company also published a new edition of The Making of Doctor Who, a book previously issued by Piccolo Books.

Beginning in the second half of the 1970s, W.H. Allen and/or related publishers began issuing hardcover editions of the novels. In some cases these predated the paperback editions by months. Often they were published simultaneously, and in the case of a few of the 1974–75 books hardcover editions weren't published for nearly a decade.

The 1980s Edit

During the 1980's, experimentally, Target published two original novels featuring further adventures of the Doctor's companions, Turlough and the Earthlink Dilemma by Tony Attwood and Harry Sullivan's War by Ian Marter, who had played Harry Sullivan on television. Target also took up three scripts from the "lost" version of Season 23 which, due to the delay and re-thinking of Season 23 by the then-current production team of Doctor Who, never made their way onto screen. Target also began to look beyond the televised series for source material by novelising the radio play Slipback and the spin-off special K9 and Company: A Girl's Best Friend.

Beginning in 1981, Target began making a concerted effort to enlist the original script-writers in writing the novelisations based upon their stories (a practice actually dating back to Strutton's Zarbi novel, but only occasionally employed during the 1970s). They were successful in commissioning novelisations even from writers who had last worked on the series in the 1960s. Where the original author was unavailable, unwilling, or deceased, the range turned to one of its staff writers, such as Marter or Terrance Dicks. The practice of having the original scriptwriters write the books when possible would continue for the remainder of the line. The two most significant writers whom Target was unable to commission for novelisations were Terry Nation and Douglas Adams. Marter had the unique distinction of adapting several stories in which he himself had performed as Harry Sullivan; he died in 1986 and several of his novelisations were published posthumously. One of Marter's books, Doctor Who and the Enemy of the World, was controversial for incorporating adult concepts and language — issues that would later resurface when original Doctor Who novels began to appear in the 1990s.

Towards the late 1980s and into the 1990s, however, Target loosened the policy of only commissioning writers with past connection to Doctor Who on TV, beginning with the novelisation of The Celestial Toymaker, which was co-authored by Gerry Davis and Alison Bingeman, a writer with no Doctor Who connection. Later, Nigel Robinson, the line's editor, who otherwise had no Doctor Who TV connection, wrote four books. In the 1990s, John Peel wrote the final five Daleks novelisations.

In 1982, Target phased out the practice of adding Doctor Who and... to its novelisation titles. In 1988, the practice of publishing hardcover editions was abandoned following publication of The Smugglers.

The Virgin years Edit

During the 1990's the company was acquired by Virgin Publishing. The only titles still held by Target were the Doctor Who stories. Many of the titles were reissued with new covers, but to many readers they were still affectionately regarded as "Target Books". Indeed, Virgin itself referred to the later titles as part of "the Target Library".

The end of Target Books Edit

In the later years of the run, Target was successful in negotiating with Terry Nation's estate the rights to adapt four of his Daleks storylines, most notably The Chase and The Daleks' Master Plan; the latter had to be published in two volumes.

Target eventually outlasted the original run of Doctor Who itself, which ended with Season 26 in 1989. The Target line continued in the "short paperback" form until the release of Doctor Who - The Pescatons in 1991 — an adaptation of an audio play, as virtually all available televised stories had been adapted by this time. Between 1990 and 1994 Target republished many of its older releases with new cover art; a subsidiary, Star Books, also published omnibus paperback editions combining two books at a time. The 1990–1994 reissues and the Star Books editions were straight reprints, rather than new editions that corrected typographical and other errors.

After 1991, several additional releases were published in longer-format paperbacks by the owner of Target, Virgin Publishing, beginning with the adaptations of The Evil of the Daleks and The Power of the Daleks, two David Whitaker scripts that, like the Nation stories, had previously eluded adaptation. The 1994 release The Paradise of Death, based upon a radio play, was the 156th and last release in the Target series.

By the time it had ended, almost every Doctor Who story aired on television (save for five; see below), along with several audio dramas, had appeared under the Target imprint. Within a few years of the final release, the Target Books line had fallen out of print, with many of the books, particularly the scarce hardback editions, becoming collectors items. Virgin continued to publish a few more novelisations, but under its New Adventures and Missing Adventures lines, and none based upon televised episodes of the original series.

When Doctor Who returned to television in 2005, it was announced that no novelisations would be published, in part due to the expectation that the episodes would be easily available on DVD in due course. Nonetheless, Penguin Character Books revived the novelisation format by releasing adaptations of episodes from the spin-off series The Sarah Jane Adventures; appropriately, the first of these books was written by Terrance Dicks. One novelisation, adapting The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith, featured the Doctor appearing in a TV novelisation for the first time since the novelisation of the 1996 TV movie.

The "lost" novelisations Edit

Target Books was unable to come to agreement with Douglas Adams or Eric Saward on the adaptation of several serials. As a result, the Adams-written (or co-written) The Pirate Planet, City of Death and unbroadcast Shada, and Saward's two Dalek stories, Resurrection of the Daleks and Revelation of the Daleks, were never adapted for Target (the Saward stories were at one point announced as future releases, but were cancelled). Years later, the New Zealand Doctor Who Fan Club published fan-written novellas adapting these storylines. In 2012, BBC Books published a new official novelisation of Shada by Gareth Roberts, the first new Doctor Who novelisation in 16 years; an adaptation of City of Death, also by Roberts, has been announced for publication in 2014.

In addition, Terrance Dicks intended to novelise his stage play, Doctor Who: The Ultimate Adventure for Target, but the project was cancelled.

Audiobook adaptations Edit

In the early 1980s, several audio book adaptations of Target novels were released, read by Tom Baker. In 2007 BBC Audio began a new series of complete and unabridged releases of the Target novelisations, giving new life to these old (and out of print) favourites (see Audiobooks of novelisations). In most cases, the books are read by actors who had appeared in the original stories. This series has continued into 2013.

Special distribution Edit

In July 2008, backstock of 27 Target novelisations (and a few Target-published spin-off works) were distributed at random with copies of Doctor Who Magazine #397. These were not reprints but original copies, some dating back more than 25 years.

BBC Books reprints Edit

In July 2011, BBC Books reprinted six Target novelisations with original cover art by Chris Achilleos and new introductions by prominent writers affiliated with Doctor Who or who are fans of the series. Six more reprints followed in May 2012.

TitleIntroduction byRelease date
Doctor Who and the DaleksNeil Gaiman2011-07-07
Doctor Who and the CrusadersCharlie Higson2011-07-07
Doctor Who and the CybermenGareth Roberts2011-07-07
Doctor Who and the Abominable SnowmenStephen Baxter2011-07-07
Doctor Who and the Auton InvasionRussell T Davies2011-07-07
Doctor Who and the Cave MonstersTerrance Dicks2011-07-07
Doctor Who and the Day of the DaleksGary Russell2012-05-10
Doctor Who and the Ark in SpaceSteven Moffat2012-05-10
Doctor Who and the Loch Ness MonsterMichael Moorcock2012-05-10
Doctor Who and the Tenth PlanetTom MacRae2012-05-10
Doctor Who and the Ice WarriorsMark Gatiss2012-05-10
Doctor Who: The Three DoctorsAlastair Reynolds2012-05-10

In 2013, Doctor Who: Remembrance of the Daleks was republished in a new edition by BBC Books as part of a series fo 50th anniversary reprints; it was the only TV novelisation featured in the set and was reissued in lieu of republishing any of the many original Seventh Doctor novels.

List of Doctor Who-Related Target Titles Edit

Fiction Edit

Novelisations Edit

NOTES: The following tables are based upon Target's numbering of the book releases and the dates of first paperback publication. Up until 1988 most books were also published in a hardcover edition that, in many cases, predated the publication of the paperback by many months and, in some cases, were not published until long after the paperback. The paperback releases are used as the baseline given they are and remain far more common than the hardcovers.
The numbering of the novelisations was introduced in 1983, with the first seventy-three books retroactively renumbered in alphabetical order (although not every book had a numbered edition). The books from #74 onwards are predominantly numbered in the order of publication, with a few notable exceptions.
No.TitleAuthorDoctorTV Serial

1973 Edit

016Doctor Who and the Daleks (first pub. 1964)David Whitaker1stThe Daleks
073Doctor Who and the Zarbi (first pub. 1965)Bill Strutton1stThe Web Planet
012Doctor Who and the Crusaders (first pub. 1965)David Whitaker1stThe Crusade

1974 Edit

006Doctor Who and the Auton InvasionTerrance Dicks3rdSpearhead from Space
009Doctor Who and the Cave-MonstersMalcolm Hulke3rdDoctor Who and the Silurians
023Doctor Who and the Doomsday WeaponMalcolm Hulke3rdColony in Space
018Doctor Who and the Day of the DaleksTerrance Dicks3rdDay of the Daleks
015Doctor Who and the DæmonsBarry Letts3rdThe Dæmons
054Doctor Who and the Sea-DevilsMalcolm Hulke3rdThe Sea Devils
001Doctor Who and the Abominable SnowmenTerrance Dicks2ndThe Abominable Snowmen

1975 Edit

013Doctor Who and the Curse of PeladonBrian Hayles3rdThe Curse of Peladon
014Doctor Who and the CybermenGerry Davis2ndThe Moonbase
028Doctor Who and the Giant RobotTerrance Dicks4thRobot
063Doctor Who and the Terror of the AutonsTerrance Dicks3rdTerror of the Autons
029Doctor Who and the Green DeathMalcolm Hulke3rdThe Green Death
048Doctor Who and the Planet of the SpidersTerrance Dicks3rdPlanet of the Spiders
064The Three DoctorsTerrance Dicks3rdThe Three Doctors

1976 Edit

040Doctor Who and the Loch Ness MonsterTerrance Dicks4thTerror of the Zygons
022Doctor Who and the Dinosaur InvasionMalcolm Hulke3rdInvasion of the Dinosaurs
062Doctor Who and the Tenth PlanetGerry Davis1stThe Tenth Planet
033Doctor Who and the Ice WarriorsBrian Hayles2ndThe Ice Warriors
051The Revenge of the CybermenTerrance Dicks4thRevenge of the Cybermen
027Doctor Who and the Genesis of the DaleksTerrance Dicks4thGenesis of the Daleks
072Doctor Who and the Web of FearTerrance Dicks2ndThe Web of Fear
057Doctor Who and the Space WarMalcolm Hulke3rdFrontier in Space
046Doctor Who and the Planet of the DaleksTerrance Dicks3rdPlanet of the Daleks
050Doctor Who and the Pyramids of MarsTerrance Dicks4thPyramids of Mars

1977 Edit

008Doctor Who and the Carnival of MonstersTerrance Dicks3rdCarnival of Monsters
055Doctor Who and the Seeds of DoomPhilip Hinchcliffe4thThe Seeds of Doom
017Doctor Who and the Dalek Invasion of EarthTerrance Dicks1stThe Dalek Invasion of Earth
010Doctor Who and the Claws of AxosTerrance Dicks3rdThe Claws of Axos
004Doctor Who and the Ark in SpaceIan Marter4thThe Ark in Space
007Doctor Who and the Brain of MorbiusTerrance Dicks4thThe Brain of Morbius
047The Planet of EvilTerrance Dicks4thPlanet of Evil
044Doctor Who and the MutantsTerrance Dicks3rdThe Mutants
019Doctor Who and the Deadly AssassinTerrance Dicks4thThe Deadly Assassin
061Doctor Who and the Talons of Weng-ChiangTerrance Dicks4thThe Talons of Weng-Chiang
042Doctor Who and the Masque of MandragoraPhilip Hinchcliffe4thThe Masque of Mandragora

1978 Edit

025Doctor Who and the Face of EvilTerrance Dicks4thThe Face of Evil
032Doctor Who and the Horror of Fang RockTerrance Dicks4thHorror of Fang Rock
066Doctor Who and the Tomb of the CybermenGerry Davis2ndThe Tomb of the Cybermen
065Doctor Who and the Time WarriorTerrance Dicks
(Prologue by Robert Holmes)
3rdThe Time Warrior
020Death to the DaleksTerrance Dicks3rdDeath to the Daleks
002Doctor Who and the Android InvasionTerrance Dicks4thThe Android Invasion
056Doctor Who and the Sontaran ExperimentIan Marter4thThe Sontaran Experiment

1979 Edit

030Doctor Who and the Hand of FearTerrance Dicks4thThe Hand of Fear
036Doctor Who and the Invisible EnemyTerrance Dicks4thThe Invisible Enemy
053Doctor Who and the Robots of DeathTerrance Dicks4thThe Robots of Death
034Doctor Who and the Image of the FendahlTerrance Dicks4thImage of the Fendahl
070Doctor Who and the War GamesMalcolm Hulke2ndThe War Games
021Doctor Who and the Destiny of the DaleksTerrance Dicks4thDestiny of the Daleks
052Doctor Who and the Ribos OperationIan Marter4thThe Ribos Operation

1980 Edit

067Doctor Who and the UnderworldTerrance Dicks4thUnderworld
035Doctor Who and the Invasion of TimeTerrance Dicks4thThe Invasion of Time
059Doctor Who and the Stones of BloodTerrance Dicks4thThe Stones of Blood
003Doctor Who and the Androids of TaraTerrance Dicks4thThe Androids of Tara
049Doctor Who and the Power of KrollTerrance Dicks4thThe Power of Kroll
005Doctor Who and the Armageddon FactorTerrance Dicks4thThe Armageddon Factor
038Doctor Who and the Keys of MarinusPhilip Hinchcliffe1stThe Keys of Marinus
045Doctor Who and the Nightmare of EdenTerrance Dicks4thNightmare of Eden
031Doctor Who and the Horns of NimonTerrance Dicks4thThe Horns of Nimon
043Doctor Who and the Monster of PeladonTerrance Dicks3rdThe Monster of Peladon

1981 Edit

011Doctor Who and the Creature from the PitDavid Fisher4thThe Creature from the Pit
024Doctor Who and the Enemy of the WorldIan Marter2ndThe Enemy of the World
068Doctor Who and an Unearthly ChildTerrance Dicks1stAn Unearthly Child

1982 Edit

058Doctor Who and the State of DecayTerrance Dicks4thState of Decay
071Doctor Who and Warriors' GateJohn Lydecker4thWarriors' Gate
037Doctor Who and the Keeper of TrakenTerrance Dicks4thThe Keeper of Traken
039Doctor Who and the Leisure HiveDavid Fisher4thThe Leisure Hive
069Doctor Who and the VisitationEric Saward5thThe Visitation
026Full CircleAndrew Smith4thFull Circle
041LogopolisChristopher H. Bidmead4thLogopolis
060Doctor Who and the SunmakersTerrance Dicks4thThe Sun Makers

1983 Edit

074Time-FlightPeter Grimwade5thTime-Flight
075MeglosTerrance Dicks4thMeglos
076CastrovalvaChristopher H. Bidmead5thCastrovalva
077Four to DoomsdayTerrance Dicks5thFour to Doomsday
078EarthshockIan Marter5thEarthshock
079TerminusJohn Lydecker5thTerminus
080Arc of InfinityTerrance Dicks5thArc of Infinity
081The Five DoctorsTerrance Dicks5thThe Five Doctors

1984 Edit

082Mawdryn UndeadPeter Grimwade5thMawdryn Undead
084KindaTerrance Dicks5thKinda
083SnakedanceTerrance Dicks5thSnakedance
085EnlightenmentBarbara Clegg5thEnlightenment
086The DominatorsIan Marter2ndThe Dominators
087Warriors of the DeepTerrance Dicks5thWarriors of the Deep
088The AztecsJohn Lucarotti1stThe Aztecs
089InfernoTerrance Dicks3rdInferno
090The HighlandersGerry Davis2ndThe Highlanders
091FrontiosChristopher H. Bidmead5thFrontios

1985 Edit

093Planet of FirePeter Grimwade5thPlanet of Fire
092The Caves of AndrozaniTerrance Dicks5thThe Caves of Androzani
094Marco PoloJohn Lucarotti1stMarco Polo
095The AwakeningEric Pringle5thThe Awakening
096The Mind of EvilTerrance Dicks3rdThe Mind of Evil
097The Myth MakersDonald Cotton1stThe Myth Makers
098The InvasionIan Marter2ndThe Invasion
099The KrotonsTerrance Dicks2ndThe Krotons
100The Two DoctorsRobert Holmes6thThe Two Doctors

1986 Edit

101The GunfightersDonald Cotton1stThe Gunfighters
102The Time MonsterTerrance Dicks3rdThe Time Monster
103The Twin DilemmaEric Saward6thThe Twin Dilemma
104Galaxy FourWilliam Emms1stGalaxy 4
105TimelashGlen McCoy6thTimelash
107The Mark of the RaniPip and Jane Baker6thThe Mark of the Rani
108The King's DemonsTerence Dudley5thThe King's Demons
*SlipbackEric Saward6thSlipback (radio play)
109The SavagesIan Stuart Black1stThe Savages
110Fury from the DeepVictor Pemberton2ndFury from the Deep
111The Celestial ToymakerGerry Davis &
Alison Bingeman
1stThe Celestial Toymaker
112The Seeds of DeathTerrance Dicks2ndThe Seeds of Death

1987 Edit

113Black OrchidTerence Dudley5thBlack Orchid
114The ArkPaul Erickson1stThe Ark
115The Mind RobberPeter Ling2ndThe Mind Robber
116The Faceless OnesTerrance Dicks2ndThe Faceless Ones
117The Space MuseumGlyn Jones1stThe Space Museum
118The SensoritesNigel Robinson1stThe Sensorites
119The Reign of TerrorIan Marter1stThe Reign of Terror
120The RomansDonald Cotton1stThe Romans
121The Ambassadors of DeathTerrance Dicks3rdThe Ambassadors of Death
122The MassacreJohn Lucarotti1stThe Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve
123The Macra TerrorIan Stuart Black2ndThe Macra Terror
*K9 and CompanyTerence DudleynoneK9 and Company: A Girl's Best Friend

1988 Edit

124The RescueIan Marter1stThe Rescue
125Terror of the VervoidsPip and Jane Baker6thTerror of the Vervoids
126The Time MeddlerNigel Robinson1stThe Time Meddler
127The Mysterious PlanetTerrance Dicks6thThe Mysterious Planet
128Time and the RaniPip and Jane Baker7thTime and the Rani
106Vengeance on VarosPhilip Martin6thVengeance on Varos
129The Underwater MenaceNigel Robinson2ndThe Underwater Menace
130The Wheel in SpaceTerrance Dicks2ndThe Wheel in Space
131The Ultimate FoePip and Jane Baker6thThe Ultimate Foe
132The Edge of DestructionNigel Robinson1stThe Edge of Destruction
133The SmugglersTerrance Dicks1stThe Smugglers
134Paradise TowersStephen Wyatt7thParadise Towers

1989 Edit

135Delta and the BannermenMalcolm Kohll7thDelta and the Bannermen
136The War MachinesIan Stuart Black1stThe War Machines
137DragonfireIan Briggs7thDragonfire
138Attack of the CybermenEric Saward6thAttack of the Cybermen
139MindwarpPhilip Martin6thMindwarp
140The ChaseJohn Peel1stThe Chase
141Mission to the UnknownJohn Peel1stMission to the Unknown
The Daleks' Master Plan
1-6
142The Mutation of TimeJohn Peel1stThe Daleks' Master Plan 7-12
143Silver NemesisKevin Clarke7thSilver Nemesis
144The Greatest Show in the GalaxyStephen Wyatt7thThe Greatest Show in the Galaxy

1990 Edit

145Planet of GiantsTerrance Dicks1stPlanet of Giants
146The Happiness PatrolGraeme Curry7thThe Happiness Patrol
147The Space PiratesTerrance Dicks2ndThe Space Pirates
148Remembrance of the DaleksBen Aaronovitch7thRemembrance of the Daleks
149Ghost LightMarc Platt7thGhost Light
150SurvivalRona Munro7thSurvival
151The Curse of FenricIan Briggs7thThe Curse of Fenric

1991 Edit

152BattlefieldMarc Platt7thBattlefield
153The PescatonsVictor Pemberton4thDoctor Who and the Pescatons (audio drama)

1993 Edit

154The Power of the DaleksJohn Peel2ndThe Power of the Daleks
155The Evil of the DaleksJohn Peel2ndThe Evil of the Daleks

1994 Edit

156The Paradise of DeathBarry Letts3rdThe Paradise of Death (radio play)

The Missing Episodes Edit

From 1989 through 1990, as "the Missing Episodes", Target published a short series which adapted scripts which were to have aired during Season 23, before the hiatus put on Doctor Who by Michael Grade. A few scripts which the production team intended to have aired during this version of the season remained un-novelised.

For a discussion of the missing episodes of Doctor Who (i.e. aired episodes which do not exist in the BBC Film and Videotape Library), see separate article.

The Companions of Doctor Who Edit

Although intended to showcase original fiction (see below), the Companions sub-series also included a novelisation.

Junior Doctor Who Edit

In the early 1980s, Target published two adaptations by Terrance Dicks of earlier novelisations in abridged and illustrated form, written for younger readers.

Original Fiction Edit

Target's Doctor Who fiction consisted exclusively of novelisations, with two exceptions.

The Companions of Doctor Who Edit

Non-Fiction Edit

Target Books also published numerous reference and behind-the-scenes books based upon Doctor Who, as well as activity and general knowledge books featuring the Doctor.

General reference Edit

Doctor Who Discovers Edit

A non-fiction series of illustrated educational books narrated by the Fourth Doctor.

Activity / puzzle books Edit

(See also Doctor Who quiz books)

Miscellaneous Edit

Additional details Edit

Non-Target novelisations Edit

The following books adapted official and unofficial Doctor Who and Doctor Who-related productions, but were not published under the Target Books banner:

Virgin New Adventures Edit

Virgin Missing Adventures Edit

BBC Books Edit

Penguin Character Books Edit

The Sarah Jane Adventures Edit

Novella-length adaptations of episodes of the spin-off series.

Note: two additional novelisations, The Nightmare Man and Death of the Doctor, were announced for publication in 2010, but subsequently cancelled.[1]. They were later released in e-book format only. Death of the Doctor stands as the only novelisation to date to feature the Eleventh Doctor. As such, the Ninth Doctor and War Doctor stand as the only incarnations not to be featured in a novelisation.

New novelisations for audio Edit

To date, three novelisations originally published by Target have been rewritten by other writers and recorded as audio-exclusive releases for AudioGO.

  • Doctor Who: The Stones of Blood by David Fisher
  • Doctor Who: The Androids of Tara by Fisher
  • Doctor Who: An Unearthly Child by Nigel Robinson

An Unearthly Child was scheduled for release in November 2013, but the release was cancelled due to AudioGO entering administration. As of January 2014 it has yet to be announced when or if Random House Audio, AudioGO's announced successor, will release it.

Related entries Edit

Print Edit

Periodicals Edit
Books Edit

External links Edit

  • On Target A comprehensive guide to the Target novelisations. Site created and maintained by Tim Neal.
  • Dr Who Gallery This gallery only site shows all TV novelisations (Armada, Dragon, Target, Virgin and BBC) in order of publication date.
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