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Target Books' Doctor Who output in 1988 for the first time offered a new novelisation each month. As had become usual over the last few years, the stories featured a wide range of Doctors. After a year's absence, the Sixth Doctor returned to the range. Most of The Trial of a Time Lord was published, with the exception of Mindwarp.

Meanwhile the then-current Doctor made his Target debut, alongside releases featuring the First, Second, Third and Fifth Doctors. Midway through the year, Target changed its cover design to give a unified "look" to their line. Accordingly, they switched to the Seventh Doctor's televised logo and gave the tops of the covers black framing elements.

Novelisation covers[]

Publishing history[]

Month Title Writer Cover Artist
January The Rescue Ian Marter Tony Clark
February Terror of the Vervoids Pip and Jane Baker Tony Masero
March The Time Meddler Nigel Robinson Tony Masero
April The Mysterious Planet Terrance Dicks Tony Masero
May Time and the Rani Pip and Jane Baker Photographic Cover
May The Edge of Destruction Nigel Robinson Alister Pearson
June Vengeance on Varos Philip Martin David McAllister
July The Underwater Menace Nigel Robinson Alister Pearson
August The Wheel in Space Terrance Dicks Ian Fraser Burgess
September The Ultimate Foe Pip and Jane Baker Alister Pearson
November The Smugglers Terrance Dicks Alister Pearson
December Paradise Towers Stephen Wyatt Alister Pearson

Publishing notes[]

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