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January 13th, 2021 36 comments

Doctor Who The Crimson Horror Target Paperback

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‘We must get to the bottom of this dark and queer business, no matter what the cost!’

Something ghastly is afoot in Victorian Yorkshire. Something that kills. Bodies are washing up in the canal, their skin a waxy, glowing red… But just what is this crimson horror?

Madam Vastra, Jenny and Strax are despatched to investigate the mystery. Strangely reluctant to assist their enquiries is Mrs Winifred Gillyflower, matriarch of ‘Sweetville’, a seemingly utopian workers’ community.

Why do all roads lead to the team’s old friends Clara and the Doctor?

Who is Mrs Gillyflower’s mysterious silent partner Mr Sweet?

And will the motley gang be in time to defeat the mysterious power that threatens all the world with its poison?

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  • Robert Sienicki

    January 16th, 2021 - 11:24am

    Do anyone have those new Target books and can confirm their spines are similar? I have so far only three new ones (Rose, Day of the Doctor and Twice Upon) and they have matching spines, I was wondering if the rest will follow that same pattern (I am weird that way, I like things to match). 🙂

    • AD

      January 18th, 2021 - 1:18pm

      From the last proofs I saw, the spines all lined up and had the Target logo on them. No idea if that has changed or not but I can’t see it.

    • Anonymous

      January 18th, 2021 - 1:26pm

      Apparently it’s been confirmed all spines will match including witchfinders which has new logo on cover but “target logo” on spine.

  • bryan

    January 13th, 2021 - 10:56am

    So looking forward to these , and So positive of the Cover reveals, but this one seems lacking.

    No paternoster Gang, which seems a shame, No Mrs Gillyflower, which seems a bigger shame. I dont know how use of Actors images works now,and how expensive it is to clear. No Clara .

    • Anonymous

      January 13th, 2021 - 12:48pm

      I agree about the companions on the covers, Clara, rose, paternoster gang and grace would gave been nice but considering how many of the original books didn’t even have the doctor on we should be happy with what they have done (and I am, they look glorious)

  • 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…

    • Elliot

      January 13th, 2021 - 1:17pm

      For Peter capaldi book should be World Enough and Time / The Doctor Falls

    • Anonymous

      January 13th, 2021 - 3:48pm

      Empress of Mars for me

  • 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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