Target Books

Target Books were a children’s publishing imprint, significant for being the dominant publisher of Doctor Who prose fiction and non-fiction from the 1970s to the early 1990s. They were most famous for their line of novelisations of Doctor Who serials, in part because the novelisations were the principal route by which some fans could experience missing episodes. Technically an imprint, and not an independent publisher, they were owned by several houses. However, the Doctor Who line is most associated with W.H. Allen & Co, who owned Target from 1977–1989, and Virgin Books, who bought them in 1990 and extended and reprinted the line until 1994. In 2018, the Target Books were revived, featuring novelisations of television stories from 2005 and beyond.

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1973​

Target Books’ Doctor Who output in 1973 consisted of novelisations involving the First Doctor. All of the 1973 books were reprints of editions by other publishers.

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May 2: Doctor Who and the Crusaders (The Crusade)

Doctor_Who_and_the_Daleks
May 2: Doctor Who and the Daleks

Doctor_Who_and_the_Zarbi
May 2: Doctor Who and the Zarbi (The Web Planet)

1974

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Jan 17: Doctor Who and the Auton Invasion (Spearhead from Space)

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Jan 17: Doctor Who and the Cave-Monsters (Doctor Who and the Silurians)

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Mar 27: Doctor Who and the Doomsday Weapon (Colony in Space)

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Mar 27: Doctor Who and the Day of the Daleks

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Oct 17: Doctor Who and the Daemons

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Oct 17: Doctor Who and the Sea-Devils

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Nov 21: Doctor Who and the Abominable Snowmen

1975

 

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1976

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1977

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1978

Target Books’ Doctor Who output in 1978 was again Fourth Doctor-centric. The number of titles dropped from 1977, and both the Second and Third Doctors were a part of the year’s novelisations.

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Doctor_Who_and_the_Face_of_Evil
Jan 19: The Face of Evil

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Feb 16: Doctor Who Discovers The Conquerors

Doctor_Who_and_the_Horror_of_Fang_Rock
Mar 30: The Horror of Fang Rock

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Apr: The Three Doctors (reissue)

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Apr 20: Doctor Who Discovers Strange and Mysterious Creatures

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May 18: The Tomb of the Cybermen

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Jun: The Dinosaur Invasion (reissue)

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Jun 29: The Time Warrior

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Jul 20: Death to the Daleks

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Sep: The Planet of the Spiders (reissue)

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Nov 16: The Android Invasion

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Dec 7: The Sontaran Experiment

1979

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1980

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1981

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1982

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1983

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[no date]: Doctor Who and the Abominable Snowmen (reissue)
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[no date]: Doctor Who and the Web of Fear (reissue)

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Apr 15: Time-Flight

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May 5: Meglos

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Jun 16: Castrovalva

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Jul 21: Four to Doomsday

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Aug 18: Earthshock

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Sep 15: Terminus

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Oct 20: Arc of Infinity

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Nov 24: The Five Doctors

1984

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1985

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Feb 14: Planet of Fire

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Mar 14: The Caves of Androzani

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Apr 11: Marco Polo

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Jun 13: The Awakening

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Jul 11: The Mind of Evil

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Sep 12: The Myth Makers

Invasion_novel
Oct 10: The Invasion

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Nov 14: The Krotons

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Dec 5: The Two Doctors

1986

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Jan 9: The Gunfighters

Time_Monster_novel
Feb 13: The Time Monster

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Mar 13: The Twin Dilemma

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Apr 10: Galaxy Four (Galaxy 4)

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May 15: Turlough and the Earthlink Dilemma (original novel)

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May 15: Timelash

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Jun 12: The Mark of the Rani

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Jul 10: The King’s Demons

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Aug 21: Slipback (radio play)

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Sep 11: The Savages

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Oct 16: Harry Sullivan’s War (original novel)

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Oct 16: Fury from the Deep

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Nov 20: The Celestial Toymaker

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Dec 4: The Seeds of Death

1987​​​​

Target Books’ Doctor Who output in 1987 matched the pace of new novelisations in 1986. It was also the first year since 1973 in which no novelisations of the current Doctor were published. Instead, the First Doctor was featured in the majority of the adaptations that year. Target also produced the first BBC-sanctioned plans of how to build the TARDIS exterior, along with an all-new collection of comic gags by Tim Quinn and Dicky Howett — The Doctor Who Fun Book.

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Feb 19: Black Orchid

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Mar 19: The Ark

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Apr 16: The Mind Robber

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May 21: The Faceless Ones

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May 21: The Doctor Who Fun Book

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Jun 15: Junior Doctor Who and the Brain of Morbius (reissue)

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Jun 18: The Space Museum

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Jul 16: The Sensorites

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Aug 20: The Reign of Terror

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Sep 17: The Romans

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Oct 1: The Ambassadors of Death

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Oct 15: K-9 and Company (A Girl’s Best Friend)

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Oct 19: Build the TARDIS

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Nov 19: The Massacre (The Massacre of St Bartholomew’s Eve)

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Dec 1: The Macra Terror

1988

Target Books’ Doctor Who output in 1988 for the first time offered a new novelisation each month. As had become usual over the last few years, the stories featured a wide range of Doctors. After a year’s absence, the Sixth Doctor returned to the range. Most of The Trial of a Time Lord was published, with the exception of Mindwarp.

Meanwhile the then-current Doctor made his Target debut, alongside releases featuring the First, Second, Third and Fifth Doctors. Midway through the year, Target changed its cover design to give a unified “look” to their line. Accordingly, they switched to the Seventh Doctor‘s televised logo and gave the tops of the covers black framing elements.

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Jan 21: The Rescue

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Feb 18: Terror of the Vervoids

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Mar 17: The Time Meddler

Doctor_Who_The_Mysterious_Planet
Apr 21: The Mysterious Planet

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May 5: Time and the Rani

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Jun 16: Vengeance on Varos

Doctor_Who_The_Underwater_Menace
Jul 21: The Underwater Menace

Doctor_Who_The_Wheel_in_Space
Aug 18: The Wheel in Space

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Sep 15: The Ultimate Foe

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Oct 20: The Edge of Destruction

Smugglers_novel
Nov: The Smugglers

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Dec 1: Paradise Towers

1989

Delta_and_the_Bannermen_novel (1)
Jan 19: Delta and the Bannermen

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Feb 16: The War Machines

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Mar 16: Dragonfire

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Apr 20: Attack of the Cybermen

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May 18: The Nightmare Fair (The Missing Episodes)

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Jun 15: Mindwarp

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Jul 20: The Chase

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Aug 17: The Ultimate Evil (The Missing Episodes)

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Sep 21: Mission to the Unknown (standalone episode and The Daleks’ Master Plan 1-6)

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Oct 19: The Mutation of Time (The Daleks’ Master Plan 7-12)

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Nov 16: Silver Nemesis

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Dec 21: The Greatest Show in the Galaxy

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Dec 21: The Doctor Who Programme Guide (revised single volume)

1990

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Jan 20: Planet of Giants

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Feb: The War Games

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Feb: An Unearthly Child

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Feb 15: The Happiness Patrol

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Mar 15: The Space Pirates

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Jun 21: Remembrance of the Daleks

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Sep: The Dalek Invasion of Earth

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