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February 23rd, 2018 55 comments

Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor (Target Collection)

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Discover the new Doctor Who classics.

When the entire universe is at stake, three different Doctors will unite to save it.

The Tenth Doctor is hunting shape-shifting Zygons in Elizabethan England. The Eleventh is investigating a rift in space-time in the present day. And one other – the man they used to be but never speak of – is fighting the Daleks in the darkest days of the Time War.

Driven by demons and despair, this battle-scarred Doctor is set to take a devastating decision that will threaten the survival of the entire universe… a decision that not even a Time Lord can take alone.

On this day, the Doctor’s different incarnations will come together to save the Earth… to save the universe… and to save his soul.

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  • toptimelord

    May 15th, 2018 - 10:55am

    Now this is some of the nicest Doctor Who merchandise I have seen in a long time! I will definitely be purchasing the whole set of these classy novels!

  • Whorules

    February 23rd, 2018 - 12:27pm

    Do we know who the cover artist is yet?

    • booboo

      February 23rd, 2018 - 12:32pm

      I have heard the name Anthony Dry mentioned?

      not sure if that’s right the press release doesn’t mention the artist

    • Whorules

      February 23rd, 2018 - 12:49pm

      Thanks boo boo

    • booboo

      February 23rd, 2018 - 1:43pm

      was him

  • The Surgeon

    February 23rd, 2018 - 11:17am

    I love how the Target novelisations were known for having dodgy cover pictures, and they continued this here

  • Anonymous

    February 23rd, 2018 - 11:09am

    Great cover. Love the fact that they have kept the daleks drawn the same as the original target books, like Dr who and the daleks for example.

  • Doctor Stu

    February 23rd, 2018 - 10:30am

    Ah here we are, the episode that undid 7 series’ of post war doctor characterization because moffatt couldn’t bare to leave all those timelords dead because we know how much he loves unkilling people. The whole episode should have been about the doctor accepting his decision right up to the projection scene where the war doctor has his two other selves with him by his side while they make the toughest decision of their lives for the good of the universe. But no let’s just undo the whole thing because why not

    • The Surgeon

      February 23rd, 2018 - 11:15am

      I absolutely wholeheartedly disagree. It was completely the right decision to bring the Time Lords back – RTD said he would’ve done it himself eventually. The Time Lords are as much part of Doctor Who as the Daleks, so getting rid of them in the first place was a bad move. The Day of the Doctor had to have a happy ending – and ending it with Tom Baker telling Matt Smith that his people were still alive was perfection

    • The Outcast

      February 23rd, 2018 - 11:19am

      I wish the entire story had been about the Doctor finding a Timelord colony on an Asteroid (a surviving splinter of Gallifrey) and dealing with the destruction of most of Gallifrey. I’d much rather have had that than have them get resurrected.

    • Whorules

      February 23rd, 2018 - 12:20pm

      They weren’t resurrected, they never actually died.

    • Whorules

      February 23rd, 2018 - 12:26pm

      It never sat right with me that the doctor would destroy the time lords even to destroy the daleks. It’s just not what the doctor would do. And that is exactly what this story is about, what it means to be the doctor. And it doesn’t alter the fact that from the moment war doctor regenerates until the 11th doctor experiences the events of this story, the doctor believes he did destroy gallifrey. The fact that he saved it is just the doctor being the doctor.

    • Doctor Stu

      February 23rd, 2018 - 7:04pm

      I’d have let it slide if we’d seen people actually die in the episode. The fact that into the Dalek had four onscreen extermination’s and the day of the doctor, the episode depicting the actual time war had a grand total of….0 extermination’s is a shambles

    • The Outcast

      February 25th, 2018 - 6:09am

      I think Day would have been better if we’d had the 8th or 9th Doctor in it, and a few more cameos from classic characters. Imagine seeing Sylvester McCoy as the Black Archive Security guard, Colin Baker in the background of the Timelord war room and Peter Davison as the commander of the soldiers who turn up to save Queen Elizabeth.

  • DoctorFan

    February 23rd, 2018 - 7:57am

    This is the best cover so far!

    • The Outcast

      February 23rd, 2018 - 11:19am


  • MJS

    February 19th, 2018 - 1:41pm

    Just had an email through stating these (day of the Doctor, Rose & Christmas Invasion) will now be released on April 5th and not June as previously reported. Don’t know if this affects the audiobooks or not and no update on Twice Upon a time, sorry.

    • MJS

      February 19th, 2018 - 2:37pm

      Update – just been advised Twice Upon a Time is also due 5th April

  • Whorules

    November 14th, 2017 - 1:21am

    Amazon have listings for the audio versions for june, not available to order but they’re there. No sign of the paperbacks yet either.

    • Alex

      November 14th, 2017 - 3:06pm

      I wonder who’s going to read the recording for these audiobooks. Normally they get actors who were in some way associated with the productions, but that could still mean a lot of people. Perhaps Camille Coduri for The Christmas Invasion or Rose?

      I can’t imagine the paperbacks will take too much longer to come to order. They’re already on Book Depository at the very least (which is my preferred service anyway).

    • Whorules

      November 14th, 2017 - 5:51pm

      Oh i prefer book depository as well, have had real trouble with amazon recently. So as soonnas the right price goes on book depository ill be ordering

    • Whorules

      November 15th, 2017 - 2:01am

      Audios have been removed from amazon now!

    • koloth

      November 15th, 2017 - 2:45pm

      This would bookend my Time War audios. Can’t Wait!

  • Billy Edwards

    November 13th, 2017 - 6:22am

    Would be excellent to have some other writers involved like Mark Gatiss and Toby Whithouse writing a book.

  • Whorules

    November 12th, 2017 - 9:40pm

    Here’s a thought, how about target books of the matt smith adventure games? I’d love a novel based on city of the daleks or the gunpower plot. Oh, and it’s time for dr who meets scratchman as well.
    Should explain why I’m so excited about these novels. I have read the target novels for 40 years now. I mean that literally i started when i was seven and I’m now 47 and every year i read at least 4 or 5 target books again. The fact that a new generation can now start with new who adaptations is just wonderful, my nephew and niece are really buzzing about day of the doctor and twice upon a time. Here’s to the future of who books… long may they continue.

    • koloth

      November 15th, 2017 - 2:46pm

      Yup! Would go for them. I never played all of them so to read them would be a welcome catchup.

  • The Dalek Whovian

    November 12th, 2017 - 7:22pm

    As someone who doesn’t know too much about Target Novelisations, are these likely to be very different to the actual episode due to no budget restraint?

    • DoctorSong2016

      November 12th, 2017 - 9:36pm

      It depends. The Target novels are notorious for being extended, more developed versions of the original stories, however most of them were written by Terrence Dicks. So considering that they’ll be written by other people, for all we know it could just be a straight up adaptation of the script.

    • Michael

      November 12th, 2017 - 10:19pm

      Depends really. Some of them were straight tv story versions in print. Others were somewhat different. I always found it difficult to read one where I knew the dialogue but the sentences were moved or altered. I found it was quite jarring.

      I imagine these will see a good few extra scenes as there isn’t enough material in an hour show for a novel.

      I will be interested to read a Moffat novel based on one of his own scripts. Could be quite revealing.

    • Anonymous

      November 12th, 2017 - 10:22pm

      That’s really down to the author, they tend to delve a lot more into the background of events and characters than can be given on screen,but generally the events are faithful to what is on screen.

    • The real master

      November 13th, 2017 - 7:19am

      Probably, look at the novel version of the Kings Demon the tv version was less than an hour, the novel version is nearly 5 and half hours

    • Anonymous

      November 14th, 2017 - 11:55am

      Doctor who

  • Whorules

    November 12th, 2017 - 4:01pm

    Choices for next wave (hopefully!)

    Shada or pirate planet
    Resurrection of the daleks (if possible)
    Doctor who the movie with target makeover
    Unquiet dead
    Impossible planet/satan pit
    Asylum of the daleks
    Empress of mars
    Personally I would happy with a monthly single release or a set every few months. Or frankly anything!

    • Vortexsurfer

      November 15th, 2017 - 2:23pm

      I agree, apart from yet another Shada. We have Shadas coming out of our ears.

      The Movie I would particularly like to see, especially if it could retcon a few things with later additions to the mythology. What if the pocket watch Chang Lee opens is a chameleon arch?

  • Doctor Mysterio

    November 12th, 2017 - 2:52pm

    Was really interested in these but so far they are only paperbacks and not hardbacks, which is a shame.

  • Someone

    November 12th, 2017 - 2:18pm

    maybe the next ones they could do
    Fathers Day
    School Reunion
    Night Terrors
    Time Heist

  • DoctorFan

    November 12th, 2017 - 2:16pm

    My list for future releases
    TV movie (rerelease)
    Utopia/Sound Of Drums/Last Of The Timelords
    Time Of The Doctor
    Heaven Sent/Hell Bent

    • DoctorFan

      November 12th, 2017 - 4:41pm

      Bad wolf/parting of the ways (book named potw)
      Stolen earth/journeys end (book named se)
      The Snowmen
      World enough and time/the doctor falls (booked called tdt)

    • Doctor Mysterious

      November 12th, 2017 - 7:20pm

      Hopefully they’d get Rob Shearman to adapt Dalek.

  • The Outcast

    November 12th, 2017 - 1:32pm

    Ok, if theoretically they were to do another wave of these books, which stories would you want novelised?
    My list:
    Revelation of the Daleks (if possible. This novelisation would fill in a gap in the target novels)
    Aliens of London/World War 3
    The Eleventh Hour

    • Aaron Beavis

      November 12th, 2017 - 5:11pm

      I would have 6 stories in the next wave (and I think they should have multiple part stories as one book under the name of the first episode eg the parallel earth 2 parter would be called just Rise of the Cybermen like the early classic serials) and I think they should see if they can get 9th done quite quickly as he only needs 12 more books. I would have the next wave as:
      Dalek (oh the cover possibilities)
      Bad Wolf (can you tell I’m a dalek fan and again the cover possibilities)
      Gridlock (just a personal favourite)
      The Rebel Flesh
      The Woman Who Lived (I think this story could work really well as a story opposed to an episode)
      Empress Of Mars (very classic story)
      And also it would be nice for the few classic stories that haven’t been done to get one also.

    • Sean Bassett

      November 12th, 2017 - 10:52pm

      Voyage of the Damned, with a Time Crash prologue
      The Doctor’s Wife
      World Enough And Time/The Doctor Falls
      Series 11 Episode One (Would be nice to get a Jodie Whittaker story sometime after S11).

  • Ian

    November 12th, 2017 - 10:52am

    Really pleased about these. Well over due. However why are they expensive?

    • booboo

      November 12th, 2017 - 11:14am

      could be just an initial price, no where else has them listed for sale

      Penguin Australia has details on their official site but no the UK

    • Alex

      November 12th, 2017 - 12:41pm

      Does the price often lower on Book Depository? I’m getting a decent pay this week so I might pre-order these now, but then if you think I should wait for a cheaper price on BD (I should add that I really only get my books on BD, Amazon shipping prices are too much for me).

    • Coolicle

      November 12th, 2017 - 3:40pm

      If you spend £10 or over on books on Amazon you get free delivery!!

    • Whorules

      November 12th, 2017 - 3:56pm

      Alex don’t preorder yet, you pay the price younfirst payed even if they go down. Just wait the price will drop. I ordered an alien book at £7.15 that was originally priced at £11.19 the retail price was £7.99, so just hang fire until the correct price goes on

    • Whorules

      November 12th, 2017 - 4:03pm

      Don’t know what happened there, meant to read ‘until the price goes down’. Temperamental autocorrect i think…

    • Alex

      November 12th, 2017 - 11:23pm

      Ok ok, thanks, I’ll make sure to hold off on ordering then 😀 I get trigger finger when it comes to pre-orders sometimes!

  • Whorules

    November 12th, 2017 - 10:30am

    I really hope they are the same size as the target reprints. Mind, even if they are not – more please! Oh as ebury press are saying they have exclusive rights to series 11 i wonder if that means chris chibnall has given the ok for novels of the stories. I do hope so as i was very disappointed when r t davies said the new stories wouldn’t be novelised back in 2005.

    • Whorules

      November 12th, 2017 - 10:48am

      So I’m very happy about these books. Reminds me of my childhood, waiting for the next tv story book to come out… happy times

    • Borg

      November 12th, 2017 - 1:09pm

      I was too. Now we finally have some… this is great.Now only if they cut the price in half…

  • Someone

    November 12th, 2017 - 9:35am

    does anyone know when the covers will be revealed ???

    • The Outcast

      November 12th, 2017 - 10:00am

      Sometime before their release in April 2018.

    • DoctorFan

      November 12th, 2017 - 11:01am

      Definitely after christmas as the cover for twice upon a time may have spoilers for the episode!

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