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January 14th, 2021 40 comments

Doctor Who The Witchfinders Target Paperback

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‘I am an expert on witchcraft, Doctor, but I wish to learn more. Before you die, I want answers.’

The TARDIS lands in the Lancashire village of Bilehurst Cragg in the 17th century, and the Doctor, Ryan, Graham and Yaz soon become embroiled in a witch trial run by the local landowner. Fear stalks the land, and the arrival of King James I only serves to intensify the witch hunt.

But the Doctor soon realises there is something more sinister than paranoia and superstition at work. Tendrils of living mud stir in the ground and the dead lurch back to horrifying life as an evil alien presence begins to revive. The Doctor and her friends must save not only the people of Bilehurst Cragg from the wakening forces, but the entire world.

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  • Anonymous

    March 15th, 2021 - 8:08pm

    This is the best of the new releases. Brilliant writing, great characterisation and just a fantastic read.

  • Anonymous

    January 17th, 2021 - 1:25pm

    Can’t wait for these, ordered them all so long ago now!

  • Fox

    January 15th, 2021 - 9:10pm

    I’m always in favour of using the latest logo on merch. It feels fresh and exciting. Ironically, it’s also more in keeping with the old school Target books.

    • Anonymous

      January 15th, 2021 - 9:17pm

      My thoughts exactly. Generally speaking the new logo of any era classic included became the logo for merchandise at the time.

    • Fox

      January 17th, 2021 - 4:49pm

      Doctor Who must be the only franchise in the world where what logo is used on merchandise is somehow up for debate!

    • Anonymous

      January 17th, 2021 - 6:09pm

      I know fox, it’s such a trivial thing as well. As soon as get a new logo there will be more complaints. Funny thing is I didn’t even notice the logo on witchfinders until someone complained. I was too busy looking at the covers. It makes me laugh as I’m old enough to remember the complaining about the McCoy logo!

  • Ian Cotterill

    January 14th, 2021 - 8:23pm

    I have never been that keen on the 2018 logo. I would have preferred it if they stuck with the Pertwee/McGann logo.

    • Star Lord

      January 14th, 2021 - 11:27pm

      Agreed, I know they promised to align all merchandise under the current logo but I’d really hoped they would make an exception for the Target range.

  • Shaun

    January 14th, 2021 - 5:48pm

    Looking at the logo again, I think what sits uncomfortably with me is when the ‘Who’ is on a line below ‘Doctor’. When it’s all on the same line it works better because of the line through the beginning and end – it looks ‘right’ when following through the two words, but when the line is spilt like this it looks weird.

    • Shaun

      January 14th, 2021 - 5:50pm

      In fact, I’ve just looked at the CD audiobook release cover at it looks miles better!

  • O

    January 14th, 2021 - 4:39pm

    I don’t mind the new logo itself, but I’d rather the Pertwee/McGann logo to be the one featured on the Target novels. I’m not crazy about them using the Whittaker logo going forwards. But either way, I find it strange that they used the Classic logo for 6 of them, and the Whittaker one for Witchfinders. Why didn’t they do them all with one or the other? Seems like a weird choice.

    • Robert Sienicki

      January 16th, 2021 - 7:31am

      I get it that they wanted to use the current logo on the book that is tie-in to the current series, but looks weird here. Like there is too much loose space up there. I like the logo itself, it’s fine, but this cover looks clearly designed with the older logo in mind and it all works well with the rest of the books, and this is just too clean, I think.

      But to be honest, this is not the one I will be picking up, but it’s nice that they are also doing Jodie in this range.

  • Dalekz

    January 14th, 2021 - 3:54pm

    Looks great, Nice to see the 13th Doctor in the Target range!
    The new logo looks fine, I would honestly like the proper logo for each doctors era to be used anyway. I don’t associate that Pertwee/Magan logo with the 5th Doctor for example it bothers me but not enough.

  • Neil

    January 14th, 2021 - 1:54pm

    Don’t think the current logo works well at all with the artwork style. The BBC and Target logos at the top stand out more than the “Doctor Who’ logo. The old Pertwee/McGann logo looked far more effective.

    • Anonymous

      January 14th, 2021 - 2:00pm

      The logo doesn’t make the slightest difference. The old target books used about 4 different logos and apart from the McCoy logo, those logos changed colour with every book.

  • bryan

    January 14th, 2021 - 11:36am

    Wonderful. Jodie gets the biggest piece of the Cover, RFantastic to see the Current Doctor get the Current Logo too.

    I adore the Witchfinfers, Certainly not Dull. Its got a whole army of undead, King James , swirling about, with his own madness, The Morax and its agents. Maybe Historical stories dont suit some people. But this is one of the ones I am looking Forward to the most.

    Dalek lends its self to visual , far more than The Witchfinders does, and no one says thats Dull its is a bit, most of its kudos comes from nostalgia for The Dalek Design,caught up with the Newest of new series excitment.

    I hope all Jodie 13th Doctor Novels have The current Logo, which seems befitting the 13th Doctor.

    • Phasergrim

      January 14th, 2021 - 11:50am

      The Facebook page has said all target novels from this point on will have that logo. But the spine will not.

  • Alan

    January 14th, 2021 - 10:59am

    The last Jodie Target book had the classic logo so why use this one? It looks so weak in comparison to the classic logo.

    • Anonymous

      January 14th, 2021 - 12:22pm

      There aren’t any Jodie target books. Only the short story collection which isn’t a target book. I have no problem with the logo

  • Anonymous

    January 14th, 2021 - 10:54am

    I do like the Pertwee/ McGann logo

  • Shaun

    January 14th, 2021 - 10:26am

    Interesting! All the other books in this set have the classic Pertwee/McGann logo but this has the current one (which of course is fitting for this book.)

  • Anonymous

    January 14th, 2021 - 10:18am

    Really looking forward to this one

  • Anonymous

    December 11th, 2019 - 9:40am

    Possibly one of the dullest scripts ever written. Only works with visuals

    • Anonymous

      December 14th, 2019 - 2:50am

      How do know? Have you read the novel? Personally I loved this story. The author can expand it a lot, more info on the morax, on king James etc. The sensorites is one of the dullest stories in who history but I love the novel. It’s still a very dull story but it’s beautifully written dullness! Witchfinders is far from a dull story

    • Anonymous

      January 14th, 2021 - 11:10am

      It will still be dull. Joy Wilkinson strikes me as very much a straight script-to-prose writer.

  • Anonymous

    December 10th, 2019 - 5:59pm

    Brilliant. One of my favourites

  • Deva Loka

    October 14th, 2019 - 10:58pm

    Could it be a re-written Target version of The Pirate Planet? City Of Death was re-written to fit into the Target range, so possibly the same could be happening with The Pirate Planet.

    • Sean Bassett

      October 15th, 2019 - 2:35pm

      If it is, it better not mean no more new series novelizations.

    • Anonymous

      October 15th, 2019 - 4:21pm

      Wouldn’t mind if it was pirate or even a cut down shada. And I’ve said this before, two of them are going to be the Eric saward books. I wish Sean would stop being so focused on new who. I’ll be happy with old or new.

  • Sean Bassett

    October 14th, 2019 - 1:00pm

    PLEASE let this be a new series novelization.

    • Anonymous

      October 14th, 2019 - 2:36pm

      Two of these will be the paperbacks of the Eric saward dalek novels. Which considering how terrible resurrection was is a shame

    • Sean Bassett

      October 14th, 2019 - 2:44pm

      Hopefully not. We don’t need both paperback versions of already released books at the same time. I’d rather they spread them out, have one in this batch and one the year after.

    • Anonymous

      October 14th, 2019 - 3:05pm

      That’s what was confirmed earlier this year that both would be out in 2020. Hopefully the third book is a new series novel and hopefully there are others to be announced but I’d even e happy with classic target reprints.

    • Sean Bassett

      October 14th, 2019 - 3:11pm

      I wouldn’t. I’d like new series novelizations or nothing.

    • Anonymous

      October 14th, 2019 - 5:10pm

      You do realize that without the original target novels there would be no new ones? Lots of others will happily buy reprints so don’t just assume that only you matter

    • Sean Bassett

      October 14th, 2019 - 6:41pm

      I know I’m not the only person that matters, but I just think Target reprints are lazy when there’s so many new series stories yet to be novelised. They have two options – either get the original writers, or hire somebody else to novelise them – so it’s not like they have to wait for the actual episodes’ writers to write them.

    • Anonymous

      October 15th, 2019 - 4:22pm

      Target reprints are not lazy, they have been out of print for nearly 30 years. It’s time they were back

    • Deva Loka

      October 15th, 2019 - 5:41pm

      It’s a wee bit frustrating that these have been listed on Amazon without the titles being named. The people submitting the info to Amazon must surely know what the titles are or they wouldn’t be submitting the info in the first place. Why the secrecy? Why not just say they’re new series titles / Target reprints / Pirate, Shada, Resurrection, Revelation. But no, being Doctor Who the powers that be have to whip the fans up into a frenzy first.

      I can’t see them being reprints of previous Target novels as the page counts are listed as 208.

      I’d be over the moon if these were new series titles because it’s high time that more were released. I’m surprised that The Doctor’s Wife hasn’t appeared yet given that Neil Gaiman said in a DWM interview not long after it was screened that he wanted to novelist it. Surely that one is a matter of time. Plus Mark Gatiss was always a prolific writer for the BBC Books/New Adventures so I’m sure he’s probably scribbling away in whatever free time he has, being a very busy chap.

      Russell T Davies’ book of ‘Rose’ was a triumph when that was released, (easily the best of the 4, in my opinion) so more like that would be so welcome.

      The range surely needs a writer or two with the time and ability to dive in and novelise the post 2005 stories in their entirety. There is a market there as Doctor Who fans are completists, and with the amount of stories since the revival 14 years ago those writers could happily pop out one or two titles per month for several years to come. Keep the fans happy!

    • booboo

      October 15th, 2019 - 6:05pm

      i believe its the info available when the ISBN numbers are allotted or a general “forthcoming” order forms are sent out and many sites list them with just that information.

      It may well be no further info can be given at this time.

    • Crosby

      October 15th, 2019 - 8:41pm

      Yeah I would love new series novelisations

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