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  • Anonymous

    August 11th, 2017 - 5:46am

    Picked up a copy in my local Sainsbury last night. A good read, most interesting.

  • Whorules

    July 30th, 2017 - 2:51pm

    Not about novels or the target books but about the history of dr who reference books. Disappointing, would have bought it if it had been about fiction.

  • Tim M

    June 8th, 2017 - 4:36pm

    They should supply a free book with every magazine. I remember a few years back Doctor Who Magazine giving away a free ‘Target’ book.

    • Anon

      June 8th, 2017 - 7:20pm

      I have to say that I have found these specials are often highly entertaining. Far from finding little to say, there has always been something fresh and new in each of them. The latest issue on toys and games was a particularly joyous trip down memory lane, up there with the best of the recent crop of specials,”The Art Of….” #40.
      “Books” sounds like another good one to me. perhaps the best yet.

  • Sean Bassett

    June 8th, 2017 - 3:17pm

    I wish DWM would stop scraping the barrel with these Special Editions. The Yearbooks are great and I enjoyed the SEs looking at the behind the scenes aspects of the show such as the CGI and music but the connections to the main series have now become very tenuous.

    I mean, at least books are a stronger connection than looking at toys and games, but it’s still a very weak link to the TV Series and I’d rather the Special Editions were scrapped and replaced with something else. Maybe a couple of magazines where they publish short stories featuring the current TARDIS crew for instance.

    If they keep scraping the barrel for these Special Editions then I’m afraid after the next SE I will probably go for a standard DWM subscription instead that doesn’t cover the SEs.

    • Ollie

      June 8th, 2017 - 4:46pm

      The Target novels were an absolute necessity for Doctor Who fans in the 1970s to learn and experience the Doctor’s previous televised stories. There were no repeats or video recordings remember back then; fans would have had no idea about, say, the 2nd Dr’s adventure in the Underground against the Yeti if it wasn’t for Terrance Dicks’ Target novelisation.

      Furthermore, when the series was cancelled in 1989, how did fans keep the flag flying and still engage with Doctor Who… With the New Adventure series featuring the 7th Doctor and Ace, and Virgin’s Missing Adventure novels.

      In my opinion, the Target novels and fan-fiction published is as big a part of Doctor Who’s history as the original televised stories which were aired and influenced them.

    • Richard Bignell

      June 8th, 2017 - 8:56pm

      I don’t think these have been scraping the barrel at all. They’ve been talking interesting niche subjects and doings some extraordinary things with them. The ones on artwork, music, merchandise and special effects have been outstanding. This looks to be another great one.

    • Floppy Who

      June 9th, 2017 - 7:11am

      I have to agree with Ollie and Richard on this one. In fact, I would go as far to say (and I’m saying this as a reader of DW Weekly /Monthly / Magazine since issue 1) that I probably enjoy these specials more than the actual magazine these days.

      If these specials are scraping a barrel, there are some great dregs to be had down there..!

    • Gareth Pugh

      June 9th, 2017 - 3:10pm

      In the 1970s and much of the 80s there were two ways to enjoy your Doctor Who stories – real time broadcasts of the show on BBC1 and the Target novelisations. Until the VHS range really took off in the early 1990s, that was it. The Target range is the stuff of legend to Who fans of a certain generation. I think you might be underestimating the regard and importance they are held in!

    • Black Guardian

      June 23rd, 2017 - 11:21pm

      The Toys and Games special was absolutely brilliant – one of the most enjoyable issues ever. The new special on books looks equally good and I’ll definitely be getting it. Hopefully it will cover the non-fiction titles as well as the Target novelisations.

  • Demdike@CultLabs

    June 8th, 2017 - 2:55pm

    It would be rather nice if the mag was like the supplement with issue 500 and featured every single Target cover. It was great browsing every single cover of DWM.

    • Black Guardian

      June 23rd, 2017 - 11:16pm

      “The Target Book” by David Howe does just that.

  • LG

    June 8th, 2017 - 2:16pm

    Moved away from DWM a while back but might have to get this.


    June 8th, 2017 - 12:45pm

    Looking forward to this, I missed out on the Target book that was released a few years back.

    • Cymon

      June 8th, 2017 - 5:32pm

      The Target book has been re released and updated so you can get a copy if you want.

    • Ian

      June 8th, 2017 - 5:35pm

      The Target Book was reprinted last year.

    • Cymon

      June 8th, 2017 - 5:36pm

      The Target book has been updated and re released a few months ago and is available at `Telos publishing if you want a copy

    • booboo

      June 8th, 2017 - 5:58pm

      yes its on the site

  • CG

    June 8th, 2017 - 10:43am

    I am very excited for this issue

  • Michael

    June 8th, 2017 - 9:49am

    when will this be released

    • bryan

      June 8th, 2017 - 11:22am

      August (17th or 24th) TBC But August is for sure.

    • Michael

      June 8th, 2017 - 12:50pm


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