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March 20th, 2012 42 comments

Yesteryear Poster – Doctor Who Target Novels

Yesteryear Poster – Doctor Who Target Novels

A Classic poster with the fifth Doctor showing just a few of the Doctor Who Target Novels released over the years…

Categorised under: Books, General, Posters, Story books, Yesteryear


  • Ty

    November 18th, 2019 - 6:03am

    I have HUNDREDS of Doctor Who books. I’m currently trying to finish off the Virgin Target reprints from the early 90’s – there was 74 reprints with nice, newer artwork to them and I have about forty from that series now. Some can be quite pricey

  • Rob

    July 29th, 2017 - 3:23pm

    I own
    The Robots Of Death
    The Sea Devils
    The Curse Of Peladon (Hardback)
    The Invasion Of Time (Hardback)

    Are any of these rare?

  • Anonymous

    October 6th, 2013 - 4:56pm

    got about 8 original target books or 10 or even all of them if you mean digital versions

  • McGann is the Doctor

    March 1st, 2013 - 2:40pm

    My only complaint is that the virgin reprints are far too rare, that being said I am very proud to own the reprinted and therefore superior copies of:

    The Cave Monsters
    The Monster of Peladon
    The Awakening
    Attack of the Cybermen
    Vengeance on Varos
    Silver Nemesis

    And am hoping to get Twin Dilemma reprint along with Genesis of the Daleks’s.

  • Lego Whovian

    March 1st, 2013 - 2:08pm

    I have 36 Target novelisations and have read 29 of them. I also have all twelve BBC Books reprints and the rare hardcover edition of Doctor Who and the Ribos Operation.

  • doctorin the TARDIS

    June 20th, 2012 - 4:23am

    I have about 100 original TARGET Books, and 2 new re-issues. Most common author is Terrance Dicks!

    • LG

      August 1st, 2012 - 7:03pm

      Do you have Evil of the daleks?I have it because someone put it on amazon not knowing how much it was worth, it is on amazon at around £15.00!!!!!

  • thedoctorwhositeisamazin

    March 26th, 2012 - 3:48pm

    most of them are probably gonna come out with the new things

  • Dalek thay

    March 21st, 2012 - 8:00am

    Why does the fifth doctor have a gun

    • Anonymous

      March 21st, 2012 - 8:26am

      It’s from the episode Earthshock. I haven’t seen the episode, so I don’t know.

    • McGann is the Doctor. (a

      March 21st, 2012 - 9:40am

      He only had the gun for about 5 seconds, then he gets K.O (knocked over) by the arriving Cybermen.

      While it looks good, it isn’t appropriate for the Doctor he doesn’t use guns (atleast not to kill) guns are NOT his thing. He’s not an action hero he’s an adventuring Timelord who solves world-threatening problems in time, and space. ❗

  • Liason Ice

    March 21st, 2012 - 7:18am

    I have about 10 of the original books, they are OK, but I prefer the New Series Adventures

    • McGann is the Doctor

      March 21st, 2012 - 9:47am

      Any missing adventures ? I want TIME OF YOUR LIFE because it’s based after Trial of a Timelord for the Doctor. And Millenial Rites, Goth Opera (which involves the 5th Doctor, Sabalom Glitz, Romana aswell as Vampires ! 😯 )

      In Business Unusual Melaine Bush meets him for the very first time, I didn’t get into it enough and just read the end.

      The new adventure Parallel 59 is good, I like it so far, and I had a flick through the other 8th Doctor story “Slow Empire” before I wrapped it up and gave it to my uncle. 😉

    • LG

      August 1st, 2012 - 7:01pm

      May I recommend mission impratical because it is set after trial and features Frobisher

    • LG

      August 1st, 2012 - 7:07pm

      I have the first wave of reprints(bbc), some
      convention reprints,and the web of fear, the evil of the daleks, the enemy of the world, the cybermen (signed by Pat Troughton) and the space war.

  • Renegade Dalek

    March 21st, 2012 - 6:38am

    where can i get this apart from the internet?

    • GreenAnchorRedWaterfall

      March 24th, 2012 - 2:20pm

      Forbidden Planet. I’m not sure if they will stock this in their stores. Just a guess!

    • booboo

      March 24th, 2012 - 2:22pm

      this is an old poster, hasn’t been available for years

  • The Monitor

    March 20th, 2012 - 7:14pm

    Brought up on Target novelisations, I was then actually quite disappointed with some of the 1960s and 1970s stories when I first saw them on video. Case in point was the marvellous “The Auton Invasion.” I far preferred the book until recently, when watching the Mannequin Mania version, I realised just how superb Spearhead from Space was.

    Still, I look back on nearly 30 years of collecting and the Target logo and those immortal words “Doctor Who and…” are as that as key to fandom as the diamond and neon logo themselves…

    • matparks08

      March 20th, 2012 - 7:31pm

      I remember it was so difficult and costly to get some of the Target books in the early 90s – was certainly very costly to get Fury from the Deep, Macra Terror, The Rescue and Highlanders – now they struggle to make a quid or two on ebay….whereas the hardback library versions which were sold in book sales for 10p in the 1980s can now make £100 or more. I think Wheel in Space still remains the most elusive target book due to its limited number.

    • The Monitor

      March 20th, 2012 - 9:05pm

      It is bizarre what becomes rare. In 1989 I walked into the then bookshop Athena in Leicester Square in London, and they had brand new copies of Doctor Who hardbacks for £1.49. I was only able to buy 9, and it was such a difficult choice as there were about 30 different ones and multiple copies of each.

      In the last few years they have become very difficult, and I often wonder if I will complete the set, as I have a limit of £20 for a good hardback. I also take the view that I would rather have a copy in poor condition than none at all.

    • booboo

      March 20th, 2012 - 9:08pm

      I have hundreds of books here, what hardbacks are you looking for?

    • matparks08

      March 20th, 2012 - 9:15pm

      booboo – how long can I make my list? ha ha. I lost all my ex-library hardback books in a flood at our house along with all but 6 of my entire VHS collection in 2006. I try not to look on ebay but when I saw an ex-library Seeds of Doom go for £700 last year (one of the ones I owned) I turned slightly greyer.

    • The Monitor

      March 20th, 2012 - 9:19pm

      I am missing about 52. I could email a list. I thought from your pictures of your collection that you only had a part set yourself.

    • booboo

      March 20th, 2012 - 9:26pm

      yes i have just looked, there are 24 hardbacks but they are ex library and most are in terrible condition to be honest with only a couple of decent ones

    • The Monitor

      March 20th, 2012 - 9:42pm

      I think you have got quite a good collection of hardbacks. You have three of the rarest (Rescue, Underwater and Wheel). I managed to get these 3 in the last 2 years. Just when I was giving up, I found perfect copies of Wheel and Underwater for £2 each. You can imagine how that made my month. I stopped buying them on AmazonMarketplace because sellers often mis-describe them.

      I have now not seen one outside of a Who-related shop for best part of 2 years. Most collectors are holding on to them.

    • matparks08

      March 20th, 2012 - 10:02pm

      Wheel in Space for £2………(only sound is that of writer passing out and landing on the floor)

    • MasterKasterborous

      March 22nd, 2012 - 11:19pm

      booboo, if you have any books that you don’t want I’ll gladly take them off your hands! 🙂

    • LG

      August 1st, 2012 - 7:08pm

      The highlanders was a penny on amazon!

    • LG

      August 1st, 2012 - 7:11pm


    • LG

      August 2nd, 2012 - 12:35pm

      There are only 23,000 copies of the Wheel in Space in paperback because of a warehouse fire

  • Scott

    March 20th, 2012 - 6:33pm

    I have about ten of these, there really good and let you imagine more, i think anywaye

  • Commander Strax

    March 20th, 2012 - 4:50pm

    i have a few target doctor who novels

  • GreenAnchorRedWaterfall

    March 20th, 2012 - 4:17pm

    But the Doctor never picks up guns and uses them! Why is he holding a gun? Is there a Dalek in front of him?

    • Stormageddon

      March 20th, 2012 - 4:26pm

      Actually Davison’s Dr takes a Gun on at least 3 occassions that I can think of (Of which one is INSIDE the TARDIS) and Colin Baker’s Dr takes on on at least one occassion, so its not that unusual to see the Dr with a gun but it is usually a last resort…

    • Anonymous

      March 20th, 2012 - 4:28pm

      It was only the TEnth doctor, evn though he used one when he heard the Timelords were coming back

    • DaDoctor

      March 20th, 2012 - 5:47pm

      No, several Doctor’s have used guns not just Tenth. Shame you can’t get this icture anymore!

    • GreenAnchorRedWaterfall

      March 20th, 2012 - 6:50pm

      Oh, does it? I didn’t realise the 5th Doctor liked guns… 😉

    • Dalek Sec

      March 21st, 2012 - 6:42am

      When i watched him point a gun at Davros, i didn’t really like it. The Doctor hates guns. But i guess it was necessary. The 9th Doctor had an excuse, he was born out of the Last great Time war. But i would rather he be a man who would “never would”-Quote from the Doctors Daughter, unless he was held to his extremes (which is quite often).

  • Radburn

    March 20th, 2012 - 4:13pm

    Put that gun down Doctor!

  • Nicholas

    March 20th, 2012 - 4:06pm

    I want one

    • LG

      August 1st, 2012 - 7:13pm


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