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.
|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|
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