The World of Doctor Who Target Poster

Fivey defending the Target novelisations.

Target Books

Reminder that books.

Target Novelisations

Gotta catch 'em all!

Target novelisations exist for every Classic Who story except Resurrection of the Daleks and Revelation of the Daleks, as well as for Four mediocre NuWho stories. Thanks to splendid chaps like David Whitaker and John Peel, even Terry Nation's stories got done. They're the only canon part of the entire show, and if you don't have a shelf stacked with nasty old piss stained (reproduction copies are for pussies) novels, the you're not a true fan. Thankfully I hate the show, so I don't really care.

Background Edit

Target Books were the main publisher of Doctor Who books from the 70's to the 90's, novelising all the TV stories for fans to take home in the days before VHS players and internet. To this day they come in pretty handy for missing episodes.

Target actually outlasted Classic Who by a few years but with no more stories to novelise, they eventually died. Before doing so they did novelise a few odds and ends like Doctor Who and the Pescatons and some Lost Season stories.

Reminder that books Edit

There's about a billion of these things and a ton of authors involved (even cast members like Ian Marter and producers like Williams and Hinchcliffe got in on the action) but most of them seem to be written by Terrance Dicks.

Target Novelizations Edit

Occasionally they would change the title of a TV story for the novelisation, eg. Spearhead From Space was renamed Doctor Who and the Auton Invasion for the novel. Because fuck you, that's why.

To be fair, many of these titles were improvements. For example:

Trivia Edit

  • Some enterprising fans in New Zealand filled in the gaps in the series by writing the books themselves.
  • The VNA's more or less pick up where they left off, albeit with original, "more mature" stories.
  • We will likely never get novelisations of the New Series episodes, because why would anyone read a book of something they can watch in forty-five minutes?
    • Oh, wait.
  • The Sarah Jane Adventures, however, were considered worthy of novelisations, despite each story only being 5 minutes longer than a standard Doctor Who episode. The first novelisation was written by Terrance Dicks, because at this point Dicks had written enough Who books that he would personally murder you if he wasn't invited to participate in a range.