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March 16th, 2011 33 comments

Doctor Who Classic Target Novel Re-releases

Doctor Who Classic Target Novel Re-Issues

The Following target novels have been listed on . They are all due for release on the 7th July.

The covers are the same as the originals shown below but with an “Introduction by” printed at the bottom and Gold Logo lettering.

Doctor Who and the Daleks
David Whitaker

This is DOCTOR WHO’s first exciting adventure–with the DALEKS!

Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright travel with the mysterious DOCTOR WHO and his grand-daughter, Susan, to the planet of Skaro in the space-time machine, Tardis.

There they strive to save the peace-loving Thals from the evil intentions of the hideous DALEKS.

Can they succeed? And what is more important, will they ever again see their native

Originally Published 2 May 1973

target12DOCTOR WHO

David Whitaker

Based on the BBC television serial by David Whitaker by arrangement with the British Broadcasting Corporation

Back on Earth again, Tardis lands DOCTOR WHO and his friends into the midst of the harsh, cruel world of the twelfthcentury Crusades.

Soon the adventurers are embroiled in the conflict between Richard the Lionheart and the Sultan Saladin, ruler of the warlike Saracens…

Originally Published 2 May 1973


In this, the first adventure of his third ‘incarnation’, DOCTOR WHO, Liz Shaw and the Brigadier grapple with the nightmarish invasion of the AUTONS

The Autons are living, giantsized, plastic-modelled ‘humans’ with no hair and sightless eyes

Waxwork replicas and tailors’ dummies whose murderous behaviour is directed by the NESTENE CONSCIOUSNESS – a malignant, squid-like monster of cosmic proportions and indescribably hideous appearance.

Originally Published 17 January 1974

Illustrated by Chris Achilleos

All is not well at the Wenley Moor underground atomic research station: there are unaccountable losses of power-output; nervous breakdowns amongst the staff; and then—a death!

UNIT is called in and the Brigadier is soon joined by DOCTOR WHO and Liz Shaw in a tense and exciting adventure with subterranean reptile men—SILURIANS— and a 40 ft. high Tyrannosaurus rex, the biggest, most savage mammal which ever trod the earth!

Originally Published 17 January 1974

Illustrated by Alan Willow

A single blow from the giant, hairy paw smashes the explorer to the ground. Terrified, he flees from the monster’s glowing eyes and savage fangs… Why are the peaceful Yeti now spreading death and destruction?

And what is the secret behind the glowing cave on the mountain? When DOCTOR WHO discovers that a long-dead friend is still alive, he knows why his visit to the lonely Himalayan monastery has led to a struggle to save the Earth!

Originally Published 21 November 1974

GERRY DAVIS Illustrated by Alan Willow

One by one, their limbs became diseased—they were replaced by plastic and steel! Little by little, their brains tired—computers worked just as well! With metal limbs, they had the strength of ten men. They could live in the airless vacuum of space. They had no heart, no feelings, no emotions, and only one goal – power! In the year 2070, a small blue planet caught their attention. They would land on its satellite and, from there, attack, ransack, destroy and finally abandon…
THE SATELLITE WAS THE MOON THE HELPLESS PLANET—EARTH THEIR NAMES? THE CYBERMEN! Can the Doctor defeat an enemy whose threat is almost as great as that of the mighty Daleks?

Originally Published on 20 February 1975

Other places of interest…

Wikipedia Resource for Target Doctor Who Novels with selectable dates, numbers and listings.

On Target A comprehensive guide to the Target novelisations including Alternative covers.

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  • Robert Sienicki

    April 27th, 2019 - 6:40pm

    Does these new editions are matching the latest target books like “Rose” and “Day of the Doctor”? I am asking spine wise. I can’t find any photos around.

    • The Flying Shark

      April 27th, 2019 - 7:24pm

      Not exactly-there is a picture of each Doctor at the top of the spine, and the title is written in the same font as the lettering on the front, rather than using the logo as the new series books do. In a further change, the title and Doctor Who are written as one, i.e. Doctor Who and the Daleks in one line rather than Doctor Who,,, and then Rose further down the spine. Hope this helps.

  • mjwho

    February 2nd, 2013 - 7:50pm

    ive got a lot targets books
    but absolutely love these books
    as you can see the adventure throught the characters eyes

  • doctorin the TARDIS

    August 14th, 2012 - 4:37am

    i have 100 targets, most old original editions- i am 13!

  • dan

    March 22nd, 2012 - 6:07am

    i’ve got
    auton invasion
    the daleks
    the crusaders
    the cave monsters
    the mutants
    the mind of evil
    the space war
    the green death
    the horror of fang rock
    the destiny of the daleks
    the visitation

    • Anonymous

      June 11th, 2012 - 6:30pm

      I’VE GOT
      the cave monsters (original)
      the green death (again original)
      the daleks
      the tenth planet
      the cybermen
      the auton invasion
      day of the daleks
      the three doctors
      the ark in space and…
      loch ness monster (u should have seen how many copies there were)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • ross campbell

      June 11th, 2012 - 6:31pm

      btw that was me who posted the previous comment cause it said post by anonymous

    • the man from outer space

      April 4th, 2013 - 2:01am

      dan you’ve got the same exact books as mine. that means you are me and me is you. no wonder we have the same name.;)

  • The Silence

    November 16th, 2011 - 9:16pm

    Who are Stephen Baxter and Charlie Higson

    • the man from outer space

      April 4th, 2013 - 2:05am

      you dont know higson?
      he’s writen the enermy serise witch there are zombies and he was the co-writer of the fast show.
      (you should read the enemy serise. it is awesome.there are lots of gross violent scenes. and the book is a childrens book. and have about 400 pages)

  • Scarves are awesome

    August 15th, 2011 - 1:45pm

    got Cybermen, Abominable Snowmen and Cave Monsters

  • who crazy!

    August 12th, 2011 - 7:07pm

    I’ve entered a competition in Doctor Who Magazine to win all of them. I wish I could win.

  • Gallifreyan1

    April 29th, 2011 - 3:40am


  • The Spaceman

    April 25th, 2011 - 3:48pm

    I can’t wait to but Doctor Who and the Cave Monsters.

  • gary

    March 21st, 2011 - 4:38pm

    i have got:
    Doctor Who and the Auton Invasion
    Doctor Who and the Cave Monsters
    Doctor Who and the Terror of the Autons
    Doctor Who and the Green Death
    Doctor Who and the Carnival of Monsters
    Doctor Who and the Mutants
    Doctor Who and the Power of Kroll
    Doctor Who and the Armageddon Factor
    Doctor Who- Time-Flight
    Doctor Who- Castrovalva
    Doctor Who- Survival
    And they are all fab!!! i got most used on amazon for 1 penny each!!!! 😯

  • Andrew Hall

    March 19th, 2011 - 10:03am

    Hope they also release The Claws of Axos, Revenge of the Cybermen, The Doomsday Weapon etc all with the classic Chris Archillios artwork. They were amazing covers and made me excited as a kid every saturday when my mum would buy one for me. Well done BBC for re-releasing these!

  • gordon

    March 19th, 2011 - 1:28am

    Hoping this does well and is sucsessfull so eventually they will rerelease say titles every month like the dvd range. Sadly at the moment doctors 9 to 11 wont happen due to some legal problems i believe but i do hope it gets sorted.

  • McGann is The Doctor.

    March 18th, 2011 - 8:31pm

    Great stuff, because I love the Target novels. All in All its a great thing that the stories of this Television series can be enjoyed in a different format 😛
    I personally have read Novel of The Awakening, which was one of the early stories of Peter Davison’s final Season. It was novellised by the stories writer. After finnishing that, the next story I moved onto was none other than Gary Russels “Business Unusual” which is an absolute must have, because its the future of The Doctors life, at a point where he meets Mel for the first…

  • Andrew Blakey

    March 18th, 2011 - 7:27pm

    This is a great thing to happen because it will give us younger fans to read classic adventures

  • superdalek

    March 18th, 2011 - 4:37pm

    Why can’t they be released earlier?

  • gordon

    March 18th, 2011 - 10:02am

    These are the covers:

  • borgduck

    March 17th, 2011 - 8:48pm

    I remember reading The Cybermen & The Doomsday Weapon as a child. I found them truly engaging. Back then we only had The Five Doctors on blank video for years & nothing else. Katy Manning autographed the Doomsday one in 2001 😀 , & I reread it last year. I’ve been thinking of reading my Death To The Daleks one.

  • harold saxon

    March 17th, 2011 - 12:46pm

    i remember these,i used to own many,now i just have a few.

  • Paul Greaves

    March 17th, 2011 - 11:22am

    I reported on this back in february. There is more detailed information on my blog:

  • Leo

    March 16th, 2011 - 9:55pm

    These are some of the very earliest titles published in the original print run.

    Well worth picking up if you have never read them before. They are very detailed novels and really bring the stories to life. The later Target novels where more of quick read (although dependant on author sometimes).

    I agree that the more recent series stories should be published, but with this and the audio’s based on the Target novels being included in the CO Pandorica wave, perhaps we may be in for a surprise, who knows.

  • gary

    March 16th, 2011 - 9:39pm

    this is just brilliant
    bring on the novelisations of eccleston, tennant and smith!!!!!

  • Bicky

    March 16th, 2011 - 9:20pm

    If you look on the WHSmith website,they have a very large number of doctor who target books listed for sale.Whether these are re-issues or old stock,I don’t know.It says they are available in 4 or more weeks.

  • wetty

    March 16th, 2011 - 6:47pm

    when will they come out

  • Alex_The_Geek

    March 16th, 2011 - 5:42pm

    I love targets i was born after they had originally been printed and have scine only been able to get them second hand hope they maybe have line drawings in them like in the original Cave monsters

  • guest

    March 16th, 2011 - 2:50pm

    dr who and the daleks have got a dwa dalek on the cover.

    • booboo

      March 16th, 2011 - 2:55pm

      dr who and the daleks have got a dwa dalek on the cover

      well spotted, its left over from a monster hunt we did ages ago and i forgot it was there

  • Luke smith

    March 16th, 2011 - 1:14pm

    Will they have these covers or new ones?

    • booboo

      March 16th, 2011 - 1:17pm

      Will they have these covers or new ones?

      Don’t know yet, probably these

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