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Target Books' Doctor Who output in 1987 matched the pace of new novelisations in 1986. It was also the first year since 1973 in which no novelisations of the current Doctor were published. Instead, the First Doctor was featured in the majority of the adaptations that year. Target also produced the first BBC-sanctioned plans of how to build the TARDIS exterior, along with an all-new collection of comic gags by Tim Quinn and Dicky HowettThe Doctor Who Fun Book.


No. Title Author Doctor Featuring Based on Released
113 Black Orchid Terence Dudley 5th Adric, Nyssa, Tegan Black Orchid 19 February 1987
114 The Ark Paul Erickson 1st Steven, Dodo, Monoids The Ark 19 March 1987
115 The Mind Robber Peter Ling 2nd Jamie, Zoe The Mind Robber 16 April 1987
116 The Faceless Ones Terrance Dicks Ben, Polly, Jamie The Faceless Ones 21 May 1987
117 The Space Museum Glyn Jones 1st Ian, Barbara, Vicki The Space Museum 18 June 1987
118 The Sensorites Nigel Robinson Susan, Ian, Barbara The Sensorites 16 July 1987
119 The Reign of Terror Ian Marter The Reign of Terror 20 August 1987
120 The Romans Donald Cotton Ian, Barbara, Vicki The Romans 17 September 1987
121 The Ambassadors of Death Terrance Dicks 3rd Liz, the Brigadier, Benton The Ambassadors of Death 1 October 1987
122 The Massacre John Lucarotti 1st Steven, Dodo The Massacre 19 November 1987
123 The Macra Terror Ian Stuart Black 2nd Ben, Polly, Jamie, Macra The Macra Terror 1 December 1987

Novelisation covers[]

Other Books[]

Title Author Doctor Featuring Based on Released
The Doctor Who Fun Book Tim Quinn & Dicky Howett 21 May 1987
K9 and Company Terence Dudley Sarah, K9 Mark III K9 and Company: A Girl's Best Friend 15 October 1987
Build the TARDIS Mark Harris 19 October 1987

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