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August 25th, 2021 27 comments

The Essential Terrance Dicks Volume 1 Hardcover

Available to order from www.amazon.co.uk and www.hive.co.uk

Also available to order from www.ForbiddenPlanet.com and www.waterstones.com

Coming this August is a two-volume celebration of this much-loved storyteller, collecting ten of Terrance Dicks’ best Doctor Who novels, as chosen by fans.


Volume One contains, complete and unabridged:

  • Doctor Who and the Dalek Invasion of Earth
  • Doctor Who and the Abominable Snowmen
  • Doctor Who and the Wheel in Space
  • Doctor Who and the Auton Invasion
  • Doctor Who and the Day of the Daleks

About the Author:

Terrance Dicks became Script Editor of Doctor Who in 1968, co-writing Patrick Troughton’s classic final serial, The War Games, and editing the show throughout the entire Jon Pertwee era to 1974. He wrote many iconic episodes and serials for the show after, including Tom Baker’s first episode as the Fourth Doctor, Robot; Horror at Fang Rock in 1977; State of Decay in 1980; and the 20th anniversary special, The Five Doctors in 1983.

Terrance novelised over sixty of the original Doctor Who stories for Target books, including classics like Doctor Who and the Abominable Snowmen and Doctor Who and the Auton Invasion, inspiring a generation of children to become readers and writers. He died in August 2019, only weeks before the publication of his final Doctor Who short story, ‘Save Yourself’, in The Target Storybook.


Categorised under: Books, Story books

27 comments

  • bryan

    August 26th, 2021 - 8:50pm

    Gorgeous. Simply Lovely. Both of these are one of those rare merchandise items, that you with there were more. But we know these are so extra special.

    To the Master storyteller. A lovely tribute.

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    • Whorules

      August 26th, 2021 - 9:15pm

      My copy of volume 2 hasn’t arrived yet but I’m nearly finished volume 1. Just day to go. Such a great set of books. We need more in this format.

  • Whorules

    August 25th, 2021 - 1:37pm

    It’s arrived. And it is a lovely thing to have, especially wheel in space as mine is beginning to wear out. It is not as originally mentioned on announcement of the online poll terribly lavish. I’m not complaining though. It’s still fantastic to have. There are no illustrations in the three that originally had them but again it’s fine. Even if you pay full price £5 a book is great value. The more I look at vol 1 on the shelves I think how lovely it would be if they did similar omnibus editions for the seasons. You could get most of them in single volumes with only possibly the first and second having to be split over two volumes. Well… I can dream…

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    • Whorules

      August 25th, 2021 - 2:50pm

      First and second doctors I mean. With them being 8, 9, 10, 9, 7 and 7 for the six seasons. However, wheel in space was originally 143 pages, but it started on page 7 so 137 pages really. In this omnibus its 101 pages so it may be possible to get most seasons in a single volume. I know it won’t happen but it would be lovely.

  • Cosmicjellybaby5269

    March 25th, 2021 - 1:26pm

    Love the look of this

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  • Anonymous

    March 25th, 2021 - 12:51pm

    It would be great if Forbidden Planet could arrange for these to be available as “signed” copies like other Target reprints.
    Presumably it would need the permission of Terrance Dicks’ Estate but it should be easy enough to affix bookplates with a facsimile of Terrance’s Autograph if the estate allowed it to be done and received a payment. I am sure Forbidden Planet would sell more copies.

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    • Anonymous

      March 26th, 2021 - 8:37am

      What’s the point in a facsimile signature?
      No different than printing your own or forging it

    • Coleman

      March 26th, 2021 - 9:50am

      True, no point whatsoever with a facsimile.
      The whole point of having a book signed is for the actual authors signature.
      That’s where all the value lays also.
      On the secondary market, Facsimiles never go for much money or rise in value overtime.

    • Anonymous

      March 26th, 2021 - 11:25am

      I don’t get signed books for their value. I get them because i want a signed book not to sell on.

    • Coleman

      March 27th, 2021 - 11:15am

      Hello Anonymous, it still goes back to the signature would only be a facsimile since Terrance died a couple of years ago. Don’t think many people would be interested in this.
      (Bit like forgery really)

    • Anonymous

      March 27th, 2021 - 12:12pm

      Hi coleman. I agree completely that facsimile signatures are not really a signed book/item. My thing is that i buy signed books for me not to sell on. There is an American author i like that i now refuse to buy as he only sells his books via his website at extortionate prices (£50-70+) in hardback. He says buy multiple signed copies and sell them on ebay and make money. But think about that. This author is telling fans to rip off fans who either can’t buy books direct from America or who can’t afford the prices. Or who missed the release. He then expects those fans to pay even more for the privilege of having his books!
      I have the alex kingston book ordered signed and that will be great but I’d never consider selling it. One of the most treasured signed books in my collection is mary tamm’s first autobiography. Will never sell it. Its not about profit for me. For me it’s having those signed books on my shelves

    • Coleman

      March 30th, 2021 - 8:37pm

      Hello again anonymous, I agree with you about collecting, I’m not interested in making a profit either.
      Glad you managed to get A book signed by Mary Tamm. She’s also a favourite of mine.
      I’ve got a few signed 1st day stamp covers of hers I bought from a shop called Sci_fi collector, i think it’s in the Strand in London.
      To be fair I’ve alot of signed Dr Who 1st day covers from them In a binder.
      Was trying to find it awhile ago to take a few photos to put on this site but I seem to have mislaid it.
      Hope it turns up one day.

    • Anonymous

      March 30th, 2021 - 9:02pm

      Hope you find it Coleman.

    • Coleman

      August 25th, 2021 - 11:32am

      I finally found the Dr Who signed First day covers binder and put a couple of photos on collections.

    • Book collector

      August 25th, 2021 - 1:26pm

      Brilliant Coleman, always nice when you can find something you are after.

    • Rex Farrel

      August 25th, 2021 - 5:08pm

      Anon: I’m curious who this American author is…

    • Book collector

      August 25th, 2021 - 6:06pm

      Anon was me, the American author is Steve Alten. His latest plan is to do a special edition version of a book that should be out in 2023 for around £20 for £46-50 not including postage to the UK. It’s his reward to his loyal fans. Alongside encouraging those in American who can get the books without incurring huge shipping costs to purchase extra copies to sell at even higher prices on Ebay. I guess some of fans aren’t loyal enough for him!

  • bryan

    March 25th, 2021 - 10:51am

    Those cover Designs are so lovely. Very unusual. The double Spine art, looks great too.

    Wheel in Space inclusion is superb for those who never got either paper back or Hardback. which is very expensive
    even after all these years. Even the Target commands £50+

    lovely.

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    • Whorules

      March 25th, 2021 - 11:06am

      I was disappointed by the cover designs but have to say the spine design makes up for it! Wheel in space, horror and five doctors are books i need to replace as the originals are getting very worn now (not that I’ll get rid of the original paperbacks but it will be nice to read them without worrying that they will fall apart!) These are great value at just £5 per book.

  • Hi

    March 25th, 2021 - 10:15am

    Are these going be in a separated in there own books or these are going to be all these stories in one book

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    • Anonymous

      March 25th, 2021 - 2:23pm

      It looks like there will be two separate volumes, but each will contain five books.

    • Anonymous

      March 25th, 2021 - 9:51pm

      Omnibus edition. Five complete books in each volume

  • Anonymous

    March 13th, 2021 - 8:39am

    this has me interested.

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  • The Outcast

    January 13th, 2021 - 12:57am

    I wonder if these will all be Target Books, or if some of Terrance Dick’s Virgin/BBC Books work will get republished in one of these. I’d love it if one of these books contained World Game.

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    • Anonymous

      January 13th, 2021 - 1:11am

      Just reread world game last year, great fun. No, these are meant to be 10 target books, voted for in late 2019 for publication in 2020, delayed fir obvious reasons!
      The ten books were I believe:

      – The Five Doctors
      – The Auton Invasion
      – The Genesis of the Daleks
      – The Abominable Snowmen
      – The Wheel in Space
      – Dalek Invasion of Earth
      – The Pyramids of Mars
      – The Horror of Fang Rock
      -The Talons of Weng-Chiang
      – The Day of the Daleks

      It was a shame those who voted picked 4 that had been reprinted but I’m happy with the others. And at £25 each it makes the individual books a £5 which is decent. One way to think of the costs is the new reprints at £8 each making the £4 reprints at roughly £2 each.

  • Anonymous

    January 13th, 2021 - 12:56am

    The Five Doctors
    – The Auton Invasion
    – The Genesis of the Daleks
    – The Abominable Snowmen
    – The Wheel in Space
    – Dalek Invasion of Earth
    – The Pyramids of Mars
    – The Horror of Fang Rock
    -The Talons of Weng-Chiang
    – The Day of the Daleks

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  • Anonymous

    January 12th, 2021 - 8:21pm

    So pleased have ordered instantly

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