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Target Books' Doctor Who output in 1994 was limited to the adaptation of a radio play featuring the Third Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith. Though it is considered "the last of the Target novelisations", it stands apart from all its predecessors in that it doesn't novelise a television script.

After 1994, stocks of Target novelisations were allowed to run out and the line ceased to exist as the catalogue eventually went entirely out of print. Interest in the novelisations would be rekindled by the onset of the BBC Wales version of Doctor Who. Although only a few have been brought back into print by BBC Books, many of the novelisations have been turned into a series of audio readings by key actors from the 1963 version of the programme.

Novelisation covers[]

Reprints and other title covers[]

Publishing history (1994)[]

Month Title Writer Cover Artist
February Reissue: Doctor Who and the Robots of Death Terrance Dicks New cover: Alister Pearson
March Reissue: Doctor Who and the Talons of Weng-Chiang Terrance Dicks New cover: Alister Pearson
April The Paradise of Death Barry Letts Alister Pearson

The Paradise of Death, based upon a 1993 radio play, was the final release under the Target Books banner. The book is often mistaken for a release in the Virgin Missing Adventures line as it had a similar format to those books. After its release, Target was retired and future novelisations by Virgin Publishing would be issued either under the MA or New Adventures banners, although none of these would be based upon original-series episodes. Two more novelisations, based upon the 1996 TV movie and the webcast Scream of the Shalka, would be later published by BBC Books. Regular television-episode novelisations would not occur again until 2007 when Penguin Character Books began releasing novelisations based upon The Sarah Jane Adventures.

Publishing history (Beyond 1994)[]

By the end of the 1990s, all Target Books releases were considered out of print.

In 2007, BBC Audio began a series of complete and unabridged releases of the Target novelisations giving new life to these old favourites.

In the summer of 2008, an issue of Doctor Who Magazine came packaged with one of 27 Target Books releases; these were not reprinted copies, but left-over stock.

BBC Books reprints[]


In 2011, BBC Books reprinted six Target novelisations with original cover art by Chris Achilleos and new introductions.

Title Writer New Cover Artist Introduction
Doctor Who and the Daleks David Whitaker Chris Achilleos Neil Gaiman
Doctor Who and the Crusaders David Whitaker Chris Achilleos Charlie Higson
Doctor Who and the Cybermen Gerry Davis Chris Achilleos Gareth Roberts
Doctor Who and the Abominable Snowmen Terrance Dicks Chris Achilleos Stephen Baxter
Doctor Who and the Auton Invasion Terrance Dicks Chris Achilleos Russell T Davies
Doctor Who and the Cave-Monsters Malcolm Hulke Chris Achilleos Terrance Dicks


Six more reprints followed in 2012.

Title Writer New Cover Artist Introduction
Doctor Who and the Day of the Daleks Terrance Dicks Chris Achilleos Gary Russell
Doctor Who and the Ark in Space Ian Marter Chris Achilleos Steven Moffat
Doctor Who and the Loch Ness Monster Terrance Dicks Chris Achilleos Michael Moorcock
Doctor Who and the Tenth Planet Gerry Davis Chris Achilleos Tom MacRae
Doctor Who and the Ice Warriors Brian Hayles Chris Achilleos Mark Gatiss
Doctor Who: The Three Doctors Terrance Dicks Chris Achilleos Alastair Reynolds

Publishing history (2018)[]

No. Title Author Doctor Featuring Based on Released
157 City of Death James Goss 4th Romana II, K9 Mark II City of Death 5 April 2018
158 Rose Russell T Davies 9th Rose, Mickey, Autons, Nestene Consciousness Rose
159 The Christmas Invasion Jenny T Colgan 10th Rose, Mickey, Harriet Jones, Sycorax The Christmas Invasion
160 The Day of the Doctor Steven Moffat 11th Clara, Tenth Doctor, War Doctor, Daleks, Zygons The Day of the Doctor
161 Twice Upon a Time Paul Cornell 12th First Doctor, Bill, the Captain, Ben, Polly, Nardole, Cybermen Twice Upon a Time

Cover gallery[]