BBC Books have unveiled details of seven new additions to the Doctor Who Target range, which are due for publication in March

Target Books‘ range of Doctor Who novelisations, which were originally published during the 1970s and 1980s, still hold a special place in fans’ hearts. For many years, these novels were the one of the only ways fans could revisit or discover old episodes due to the rarity of re-runs and the absence of home video, not to mention the fact that many early episodes of Doctor Who were destroyed. Across these two decades, Target Books published adaptations of almost every Doctor Who serial aired on television between 1963 and 1989.

Since 2012, BBC Books have been reissuing these classic paperbacks, and have recently revived the Target range, allowing it to expand to include new novelisations of modern-era Doctor Who episodes. 2018 saw the publication of Target novelisations of Rose, The Christmas Invasion, The Day of the Doctor, and Twice Upon A Time. More recently, in 2019, BBC Books published an anthology entitled Doctor Who: The Target Storybook, which collected 15 short stories inspired by television stories featuring each incarnation of the Doctor.

Doctor Who: The Target Storybook. Cover by Anthony Dry (c) BBC Books
Doctor Who: The Target Storybook. Cover by Anthony Dry (c) BBC Books

Now, these latest additions to the Target range will allow Doctor Who fans to finally complete their classic-era collections, and take the range into its next incarnation.

They include the long-awaited Target editions of Eric Saward‘s novelisations of Resurrection of the Daleks and Revelation of the Daleks, as well as James Goss‘ adaptation of The Pirate Planet (which is based on scripts by Douglas Adams) plus a reissue of Gary Russell‘s novelisation of The TV Movie, which starred Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor.

BBC Books – Resurrection of the Daleks by Eric Saward – Target Novelisation (Cover)
BBC Books – Revelation of the Daleks by Eric Saward – Target Novelisation (Cover)
BBC Books – The Pirate Planet by Douglas Adams and James Goss – Target Novelisation (Cover)

Among the modern-era novelisations also due for publication in March of this year are The Crimson Horror by Mark Gatiss, Dalek by Robert Shearman, and The Witchfinders by Joy Wilkinson. Each of these novels has been adapted by the episode’s original writer, with the latter marking the first Thirteenth Doctor television story to be novelised for the Target range.

The Witchfinders will also be the first to carry the new-look Target branding, with the current Doctor Who logo, which will appear on all future Target releases.

BBC Books – Dalek by Robert Shearman – Target Novelisation (Cover)
BBC Books – The Crimson Horror by Mark Gatiss – Target Novelisation (Cover)
BBC Books – The Witchfinders by Joy Wilkinson – Target Novelisation (Cover)

All seven new Doctor Who Target novelisations are due for publication by BBC Books on 11th March 2021, and are available to pre-order now from Amazon, Waterstones, and all good bookshops.


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