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 Edit

Reprints and other title covers Edit

Publishing history (1994) Edit

MonthTitleWriterCover Artist
FebruaryReissue: Doctor Who and the Robots of DeathTerrance DicksNew cover: Alister Pearson
MarchReissue: Doctor Who and the Talons of Weng-ChiangTerrance DicksNew cover: Alister Pearson
AprilThe Paradise of DeathBarry LettsAlister 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) Edit

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 Edit

2011 Edit

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

TitleWriterNew Cover ArtistIntroduction
Doctor Who and the DaleksDavid WhitakerChris AchilleosNeil Gaiman
Doctor Who and the CrusadersDavid WhitakerChris AchilleosCharlie Higson
Doctor Who and the CybermenGerry DavisChris AchilleosGareth Roberts
Doctor Who and the Abominable SnowmenTerrance DicksChris AchilleosStephen Baxter
Doctor Who and the Auton InvasionTerrance DicksChris AchilleosRussell T Davies
Doctor Who and the Cave-MonstersMalcolm HulkeChris AchilleosTerrance Dicks

2012 Edit

Six more reprints followed in 2012.

TitleWriterNew Cover ArtistIntroduction
Doctor Who and the Day of the DaleksTerrance DicksChris AchilleosGary Russell
Doctor Who and the Ark in SpaceIan MarterChris AchilleosSteven Moffat
Doctor Who and the Loch Ness MonsterTerrance DicksChris AchilleosMichael Moorcock
Doctor Who and the Tenth PlanetGerry DavisChris AchilleosTom MacRae
Doctor Who and the Ice WarriorsBrian HaylesChris AchilleosMark Gatiss
Doctor Who: The Three DoctorsTerrance DicksChris AchilleosAlastair Reynolds

Publishing history (2018) Edit

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

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