BBC Books and have revealed the full wraparound cover for next month’s Doctor Who: The Target Storybook
One of the most anticipated Doctor Who releases of the year, the Target Storybook includes the last story written by the late Terrance Dicks and a host of other popular names. Arriving in bookshops in October, the short story collection is set to be a loving homage to the Target books of old. Each of the fifteen stories expands on a television episode, either as a prequel, sequel or sidestep during the action.
When the front cover was first released it depicted a number of the Doctors. But now, thanks to a series of tweets from BBC Books and cover artist Anthony Dry, we can at last seen the back cover, confirming that it shows all the Doctors… and Adric. Of course, with Adric actor (and established author) Matthew Waterhouse contributing a story to the collection, his inclusion makes perfect sense. As does the prominent placement of fellow contributor Colin Baker’s Sixth Doctor.
In the interest of fairness, (and I hope BBC Books don’t mind) here is a quick screen grab of the cover flat, so no one panics about their Doctor. pic.twitter.com/5DKSD3J6kr
— Anthony Dry (@AnthonyDry) September 12, 2019
Each story is also accompanied by new black and white art by Mike Collins. Collins has a deep connection with Doctor Who, having worked on the Doctor Who Magazine comic strip, storyboarded episodes of the TV show, and produced much of the art used on official merchandise. He’s tweeted a preview of three of the pieces he’s produced for the book, featuring the First Doctor, Ian and Barbara taking on a werewolf, the Seventh Doctor fighting off a Slyther attack on a hearse, and the Thirteenth Doctor and Graham riding on a moped.
— Mike Collins (@MIKECOLLINS99) September 13, 2019
The Target Storybook will be released on the 24th of October and can be pre-ordered now from Amazon and other retailers. Stories are by
- Terrance Dicks
- Colin Baker
- Matthew Waterhouse
- Vinay Patel
- Joy Wilkinson
- Steve Cole
- Jenny T Colgan
- Susie Day
- Simon Guerrier
- George Mann
- Una McCormack
- Jacqueline Rayner
- Beverley Sanford
- Matthew Sweet
- Mike Tucker
Doctor Who: The Target Storybook
We’re all stories in the end…
In this exciting collection you’ll find all-new stories spinning off from some of your favourite Doctor Who moments across the history of the series. Learn what happened next, what went on before, and what occurred off-screen in an inventive selection of sequels, side-trips, foreshadowings and first-hand accounts – and look forward too, with a brand new adventure for the Thirteenth Doctor.
Each story expands in thrilling ways upon aspects of Doctor Who’s enduring legend. With contributions from show luminaries past and present – including Colin Baker, Matthew Waterhouse, Vinay Patel, Joy Wilkinson and Terrance Dicks – The Target Storybook is a once-in-a-lifetime tour around the wonders of the Whoniverse.