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February 23rd, 2018 23 comments

New Target Novels Author Signed Editions

Signed copies are available to order while stocks last from

  • City Of Death signed by James Goss
  • The Day Of The Doctor signed by Steven Moffat
  • Twice Upon A Time signed by Paul Cornell
  • Rose signed by Russell T Davies
  • The Christmas Invasion signed by Jenny T Colgan

All 5 Standard Novels are available to order from

BBC Books are excited to announce the first Target novelisations of Doctor Who’s new post-2005 series.

For the first time ever, Russell T Davies and Steven Moffat will be novelising their own episodes; Rose and The Day of the Doctor, joined by Paul Cornell novelising Twice Upon a Time, Jenny T Colgan novelising The Christmas Invasion and James Goss with the first Douglas Adams Target novelisation: City of Death.

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  • POTD

    February 28th, 2018 - 12:19am

    Ordered Day of the Doctor. I suspect Moff especially will be spending a lot of time signing his name in April!

  • Doctor Mysterio

    February 25th, 2018 - 7:28pm

    It’s a shame these are only paperbacks as these could have been real collectors items.

    • Whorules

      February 25th, 2018 - 10:06pm

      I’m a collector of books and really looking forward to these. Paperbacks are better, not all of the target books were done in hardcover, so not that much of a problem for me with these being paperback. And ut keeps the price down.

  • Ollie

    February 25th, 2018 - 3:14pm

    I’ve preordered ‘Day’ and ‘Rose’. It’s a no brainer really for £6.99 for signed copy of each, considering how expensive autographs are these days. I saw that Peter Capaldi and Pearl Mackie are appearing at the London Comic Con in May. The price for Peter’s autograph is £75 and Pearl’s is £40-45.

  • Whorules

    February 24th, 2018 - 9:37pm

    Wasn’t sure about getting city of death as it’s an abridged version but as I’ve already got two versions of city of death i might as well get the third ‘target’ version

  • Sascha

    February 24th, 2018 - 8:19pm

    Are These “Hand signed” Versions that They sell; or Are The Signatures Printed already during The Production of the book?

    • booboo

      February 24th, 2018 - 8:59pm

      hand signed

  • 76 Totters Lane

    February 23rd, 2018 - 11:07pm

    Just ordered ‘Rose’ and ‘The Day of the Doctor’. They’re quite cheap for the RRP, considering that they’re signed.

  • Moodbeam

    February 23rd, 2018 - 10:33pm

    Decided to go for ‘Rose’ and ‘Day.’ Hard to resist when they’re signed by the two men that have given us thirteen years of the show on TV.

  • Doctor Mysterio

    February 23rd, 2018 - 7:46pm

    Is City Of Death a revised edition or a reprint?

    • Moodbeam

      February 23rd, 2018 - 8:05pm

      From Digital Spy:

      ‘James Goss has taken on the Douglas Adams episode City of Death, which is one of the only classic Doctor Who episodes that was not included in the original Target novelisations. Better late than never, we suppose.’

    • ReddDalek

      February 23rd, 2018 - 8:32pm

      Douglas Adams estate wanted lots of money to novelise both stories hence the 40 year gap.

    • Whorules

      February 24th, 2018 - 1:33am

      It will be a reprint

    • Alex

      February 24th, 2018 - 4:24am

      I believe it’s essentially a Revised version. An abridged version of his original book in order to fit within Target page counts.

    • Anonymous

      February 24th, 2018 - 1:27pm

      What would be the point of that! Besides, just ignore the 224 pages thing, none of the other reprints ever had an accurate page count announced.

    • Anonymous

      February 24th, 2018 - 1:31pm

      Well I’ve just read that it’s an abridged version, so I’m cancelling that one. Not much point buying a shorter version of a book i already own.

    • Anonymous

      February 24th, 2018 - 1:34pm

      I’ve just read that it is an abridged version so I’m cancelling that one. Don’t see the point buying a shorter version. They should have just reprinted it. Power and evil of the daleks are 250 plus pages, seems a bit silly to do this.

    • Whorules

      February 24th, 2018 - 2:15pm

      Disappointed it’s abridged. Might still get but will probably read once then continue reading full version when rereading in future.

    • Alex

      February 24th, 2018 - 3:03pm

      I believe the idea behind the abridged version is that it’s then a Target book, the Target books being known for their relatively short length. The Power of the Daleks novelisation that you mentioned was essentially a co-production between Target and Virgin. Virgin had the longer books, not Target. Hence why the idea of this is to have City of Death done in the Target format rather than long-form format.

    • Whorules

      February 24th, 2018 - 5:24pm

      But does that mean if they reprinted power and evil they would shorten them? To be fair they could do with editing, but I’d hope we’d get the full novels.

  • Pip

    February 23rd, 2018 - 3:06pm

    Tempted to get a couple of these what with them being signed. Urgh this last couple of days have cost me a fortune, why does everything release at once?!

  • matt parker

    February 23rd, 2018 - 1:41pm

    Great retro Target covers – I thought we must be due for some new books soon, I expected re-issues, but no….brand new Target books….very exciting …looking forward to seeing the last 2 covers

  • Doctorfan

    February 23rd, 2018 - 1:40pm

    probably get day of the doctor and twice upon a time as signed editions but just get the others as standard editions.


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