Coming this August is a two-volume celebration of a much-loved storyteller.  The Essential Terrance Dicks collects ten of his best Doctor Who novels, as chosen by fans

Terrance Dicks was at the heart(s) of Doctor Who for over 50 years – from joining production of The Invasion in 1968 as a Script Editor to his final short story in 2019. Terrance wrote 64 Target Books from his first commission in 1973 to his last, published in 1990. In doing so he helped introduce a generation of children to the pleasures of reading and writing. His admirers include Neil Gaiman, Sarah Waters, Mark Gatiss, Alastair Reynolds, Russell T Davies, Steven Moffat, Frank-Cottrell Boyce, and Robert Webb, among many others.

This special two-volume collection, published on the anniversary of Terrance’s death, features the very best of his Target Books as chosen by fans. From his first book, The Auton Invasion, to his masterwork, the poll winning 20th anniversary celebration story The Five Doctors. And it includes some of the rarest of Target novelisations, including the Holy Grail – Doctor Who and the The Wheel in Space. For many, this will be the first opportunity in a generation to own a copy of some of these classics.

With forewords by Frank Cottrell-Boyce and Robert Webb, The Essential Terrance Dicks is a masterclass in contemporary fiction, by a writer of unlimited imagination.

Volume One contains, complete and unabridged:

  • Doctor Who and the Dalek Invasion of Earth
  • Doctor Who and the Abominable Snowmen
  • Doctor Who and the Wheel in Space
  • Doctor Who and the Auton Invasion
  • Doctor Who and the Day of the Daleks

Volume Two contains, complete and unabridged:

  • Doctor Who and the Genesis of the Daleks
  • Doctor Who and the Pyramids of Mars
  • Doctor Who and the Talons of Weng-Chiang
  • Doctor Who and the Horror of Fang Rock
  • Doctor Who and the Five Doctors

Robert Webb said in his foreword to Volume Two:

“All readers are travellers in time and space. A story takes our imagination on a journey through strange lands, meeting strange people and doing things we would never do in our ordinary lives. For as long as we are holding that book, reading makes Time Lords of us all…”

Essential Terrance Dicks Vol 1. and 2. (c) BBC Books
The Essential Terrance Dicks Vol 1. and 2. (c) BBC Books

You can pre-order The Essential Terrance Dicks Volumes One and Two now ahead of its release on the 26th August 2021.

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