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Target Books' Doctor Who output in 1982 saw the number of new novelisations rise to levels that had been broadly typical in the late 1970s. The Fifth Doctor debuted, although with The Visitation instead of Castrovalva. The other seven novels went to the Fourth Doctor, making 1982 the first year in which none of the first three Doctors were novelised.

1982 was also a year in which no new non-fiction books were published, but one new quiz and puzzle book was published, The Second Doctor Who Quiz Book.

Novelisation covers[edit | edit source]

Reprints and other title covers[edit | edit source]

Publishing history[edit | edit source]

Month Title Writer Cover Artist
Reissue: Doctor Who and the Crusaders David Whitaker New cover: Andrew Skilleter
Reissue: Doctor Who and the Auton Invasion Terrance Dicks New cover: Andrew Skilleter
Reissue: Doctor Who and the Day of the Daleks Terrance Dicks New cover: Andrew Skilleter
Reissue: Doctor Who and the Pyramids of Mars Terrance Dicks New cover: Andrew Skilleter
Reissue: Doctor Who and the Planet of Evil Terrance Dicks New cover: Andrew Skilleter
January Doctor Who and the State of Decay Terrance Dicks Andrew Skilleter
April Doctor Who and Warriors' Gate John Lydecker Andrew Skilleter
May Doctor Who and the Keeper of Traken Terrance Dicks Andrew Skilleter
July Doctor Who and the Leisure Hive David Fisher Andrew Skilleter
August Doctor Who and the Visitation Eric Saward Photographic Cover
September Full Circle Andrew Smith Andrew Skilleter
October Logopolis Christopher H. Bidmead Andrew Skilleter
November Doctor Who and the Sunmakers Terrance Dicks Andrew Skilleter
December The Second Doctor Who Quiz Book Nigel Robinson

Publishing notes[edit | edit source]

  • After a tentative start the previous year, the notion of commissioning the original teleplay writers to pen novelisations entered full force this year (ironically, beginning with Target stalwart Terrance Dicks, this time adapting one of his own scripts, State of Decay).
  • An agreement regarding the use of artistic renderings of Peter Davison for cover art could not be reached, resulting in the decision to resort to using photographic covers for the Fifth Doctor novelisations, which begin publishing this year.
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