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BBC Books to publish a new Target novel collection in July 2020

Seven Doctors, seven unforgettable adventures. Meet the new Doctor Who classics.

BBC Books is delighted to announce that it will be expanding the Doctor Who Target range with seven new titles in Summer 2020 – some that fans have probably been expecting, and a few that should be a pleasant surprise.
After the successful hardback publication of Eric Saward’s long-awaited novelisations, Resurrection of the Daleks and Revelation of the Daleks, fans will finally be able to complete their Target collections with beautiful paperback editions. These will be accompanied by a Target edition of The Pirate Planet by James Goss, the first time this Douglas Adams story has been published in the Target range, and a reissue of the Gary Russell’s novelisation of The TV Movie. To complete the set, BBC Books will be publishing 3 new-era novelisations: The Witchfinders by Joy Wilkinson – the first Thirteenth Doctor adventure to be published on the Target list – Dalek by Robert Shearman, and The Crimson Horror by Mark Gatiss.

For Doctor Who fans, the range of novelisations published by Target Books in the 1970s and 1980s hold a special place. There was a novel published for almost every Doctor Who serial between 1963 and 1989, with a very few (five, actually) notable exceptions, and BBC Books has been successfully reissuing a number of these classic paperbacks since 2012. In 2017, BBC Books expanded the range by publishing the first all-new batch of Target novels, filling in one of those classic-era gaps (City of Death), along with new-era novelisations from Russell T Davies, Steven Moffat, Paul Cornell and Jenny T Colgan – all five of them instant classics.
Joy Wilkinson said: “I’m thrilled to become part of the illustrious tradition of Target novels. It was so much fun dipping my toe back into prose with the Target Storybook so I’m now relishing the chance to return to the world of The Witchfinders and get fully immersed. It’s a great chance to spend more time with the Doctor and fam, hang with King James, and find out more about the mysteries of Bilehurst Cragg and the mighty, muddy Morax.”

Robert Shearman said: “I’m still pinching myself that I was asked to write the first Dalek story of the new series – and that was fifteen years ago! I didn’t dare dream that the show would become such a big hit, and that it would still be on air now, as big and as exciting as ever – there have been so many adventures since, and so many new Doctors, and, of course, so many more Daleks. It feels like a real honour now to go back in time and relive my script… and maybe reveal a few surprises that never made it to the screen…”

Mark Gatiss said: “Novelisations of the ‘new’ series are the final piece of this whole wonderful puzzle for me and to become a Target author after all this years is a complete delight! It’s been lovely to revisit one of my favourite scripts and flesh out the lurid residents of Sweetville in all their crimson finery.”

BBC Books will publish all seven Targets on 23rd July 2020, each with newly commissioned cover artwork by Anthony Dry.

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  • the 14th doctor

    April 7th, 2020 - 1:10pm

    quick question here, why have some been delayed but not all of them?

    • the 14th doctor

      April 8th, 2020 - 9:34am



    December 10th, 2019 - 11:18pm

    Be funny if they decided to call it…
    Doctor Who and the Dalek

  • Ian Cotterill

    December 10th, 2019 - 6:27pm

    Oh, I am so going to get this one. ‘Dalek’ is one of my all-time favourite episodes of the new series and a brilliant story for Skaro’s finest!

    • Anonymous

      December 10th, 2019 - 7:37pm

      I’m getting all of them!

  • Anonymous

    December 10th, 2019 - 5:56pm

    Can’t wait!

  • Sean Bassett

    October 14th, 2019 - 1:01pm

    PLEASE let this be a new series novelization.

    • The Drums The Never Ending Drum Beat

      December 10th, 2019 - 5:18pm

      It is series 1 episode 6 Dalek

    • booboo

      December 10th, 2019 - 5:23pm


    • Sean Bassett

      December 10th, 2019 - 10:56pm

      @The Drums I’ve seen. Can’t wait. Dalek is one of my favourites.

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