Target Books' Doctor Who output in 1986 totaled eleven new novelisations. At the time, it was the greatest number printed in a single year. As had become the custom over the previous couple of years, a generous supply of 1960s adventures were provided. In fact, the First Doctor had the plurality of novelisations in 1986.

The year was perhaps most significant, however, for introducing the concept of the "original novel" to Doctor Who publishing. With The Companions of Doctor Who imprint, Target would publish two novels about former companions, in the time after they had travelled with the Doctor. Nothing like them had ever been published, and they paved the way for Doctor Who novels that would come in the next decade.

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Publishing history[]

Month Title Writer Cover Artist
January The Gunfighters Donald Cotton Andrew Skilleter
February The Time Monster Terrance Dicks Andrew Skilleter
March The Twin Dilemma Eric Saward Andrew Skilleter
April Galaxy 4 William Emms Andrew Skilleter
May Timelash Glen McCoy David McAllister
May The Companions of Doctor Who:
Turlough and the Earthlink Dilemma
Tony Attwood Tony Masero
June The Mark of the Rani Pip and Jane Baker Andrew Skilleter
July The King's Demons Terence Dudley David McAllister
July Travel Without the TARDIS Jean Airy and Laurie Haldeman Photographic cover
August Slipback Eric Saward Paul Mark Tams
September The Savages Ian Stuart Black David McAllister
September The Companions of Doctor Who:
Harry Sullivan's War
Ian Marter Tony Masero
October Fury from the Deep Victor Pemberton David McAllister
November The Celestial Toymaker Gerry Davis and Alison Bingeman Graham Potts
December The Seeds of Death Terrance Dicks Tony Masero

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