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December 10th, 2019 29 comments

Doctor Who The Crimson Horror Target 3 Paperback

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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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  • Mark

    April 3rd, 2020 - 10:13pm

    Release date put back to 11th March 2021 along with Pirate Planet, Revelation of The Daleks and Witchfinders according to emails from Amazon, expect the others to be the same soon

  • Anonymous

    January 13th, 2020 - 11:35pm

    I think they should do nightmare in silver considering that it was originally planned to be a 2 partner, novelising it would allow for it to be expanded upon a lot more. I also hope we get more capaldi stories in future…

  • Robert Sienicki

    December 12th, 2019 - 6:41am

    This is definitely a buy. Liked this episode and I am curious about how Mark Gatiss will novelize it.

    It’s a long shot, but I would love if Neil Gaiman adapted The Doctor’s Wife.

    • Anonymous

      December 14th, 2019 - 2:53am

      I image he would be up for doing both his stories its whether he has the time and his agent/publisher agrees that he can do them. I would love doctor’s wife!

  • Ian Cotterill

    December 10th, 2019 - 11:07pm

    I can see why they picked this one for novelising as they can cover the flashback scenes with the Doctor and Clara in much more detail, rather than rush through them as the tv episode did.

    • Anonymous

      December 12th, 2019 - 12:18am

      I wished these were released monthly on a regular basic

    • Anonymous

      December 12th, 2019 - 1:08am

      I’ve been saying that since they did the first reprints in 2012. At this rate I’ll never see all the TV stories novelised!

    • The Flying Shark

      December 12th, 2019 - 7:49am

      Up to the end of Series 11, it will take until the early 2030s at least to see all the new series novelised at the rate of one a month, even if you combine two part stories into one book. They can’t come soon enough for me!

  • Anonymous

    December 10th, 2019 - 7:52pm

    Really pleased gatiss is involved with target. Just need him to do cold war, empress of Mars and unquiet dead now! (3 stories high on my list of wanted novels)

    • The Flying Shark

      December 11th, 2019 - 7:46am

      I’d like him to do Victory of the Daleks or Night Terrors as we don’t have an Amy Pond novelisation yet, but I’d like either of the Ice Warrior ones after them!

    • Anonymous

      December 11th, 2019 - 9:56am

      Forgot victory there, yep that’s another must have

  • Anonymous

    December 10th, 2019 - 5:57pm

    This one should be good I can image gatiss going for it!

  • Adam Thorne

    December 10th, 2019 - 5:43pm

    Pleasantly surprised they went with Crimson Horror 🙂

    Was expecting them to go through all the “big” ones first (finales, specials, etc.) and I do love me some Clara. That and I’ve always felt like Series 7 is a bit underrated, plus it’ll be good to see Matt’s Doctor get a novelisation he doesn’t have to share with any other Doctors, so I’m thoroughly pleased to see this happening on all fronts.

    • Mikey C

      January 13th, 2020 - 11:01pm

      Especially as 11/Clara were rather underrepresented in the novels

  • MJS

    December 10th, 2019 - 12:59pm

    The titles are;

    The TV movie
    Resurrection of the Daleks
    revelation of the Daleks
    The crimson Horror
    Pirate Planet
    The Witchfinders.

  • Anonymous

    October 20th, 2019 - 4:17pm

    Been thinking, given that two of these were announced as being the resurrection and revelation paperbacks, assuming that there are only 3 and no others are announced then I wonder if given that the first two are the Eric saward paperbacks if the third will be a Jodie book. Resolution would be an obvious choice given the others are dalek books

    • Anonymous

      October 23rd, 2019 - 8:27pm

      Are three announced? I thought their were only gonna be two. The paperback target edition versions of ressurection and revelation

    • Anonymous

      October 24th, 2019 - 11:18am

      Er, the title above is target 3…

    • Anonymous

      October 24th, 2019 - 1:21pm

      And it looks like a 4th gas been added with a target version of pirate planet

  • MIKK89

    October 15th, 2019 - 1:25am

    Id like to see then novelize a new series 2-parter I’d say Ecclestone you adapt Bad Wolf and Parting of the Ways, Tennant Either Impossible Planet/Satan Pit or Stolen Earth/Journey’s End, Matt Smith in Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon and for Capaldi The Magician’s Apprentice/The Witch’s Familiar.

    But also i would like to see either The Woman Who Fell To Earth or Resolution novelized

    • Anonymous

      December 10th, 2019 - 7:58pm

      The 5 I’d like to see for the modern doctors are:
      Bad wolf/ parting of the ways
      Army of ghosts/ doomsday
      The Eleventh Hour
      Under the Lake/Before the flood
      It takes you away


      December 10th, 2019 - 11:17pm

      Or just Paul Cornell rewriting Human Nature

  • Anonymous

    October 15th, 2019 - 1:04am

    If reprints then my choice per doctor would be :
    Reign of terror
    Wheel in space
    Horror of fang rock
    Resurrection of the daleks (already announced for 2020)
    Revelation of the daleks (already announced for 2020)
    Ghost light
    Doctor who book of the film

    New who :
    Impossible planet/satan pit
    Waters of Mars
    Cold war
    Empress of Mars

    • Binboy Baggins

      December 10th, 2019 - 5:31pm

      Resurrection and Revelation were never published before 2020 due to Eric Saward not doing them so they’re not reprints.

    • Anonymous

      December 10th, 2019 - 7:50pm

      They are reprints. They are reprints in paperback of the hardcovers!

  • The 14th Doctor

    October 14th, 2019 - 9:29pm

    Just thought, wouldn’t it be cool if one of them is a target book version of scratchman

    • Sean Bassett

      October 15th, 2019 - 12:49am

      No. No thanks. Not when we could have more new series novelizations.

  • Sean Bassett

    October 14th, 2019 - 1:02pm

    PLEASE let this be a new series novelization.

    • SamWho

      October 14th, 2019 - 8:15pm

      Yes please and thank you that would be brilliant

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