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Target Tribute on iPlayer

Mark Gatiss’ superb tribute to Doctor Who Target novelisations, On The Outside It Looked Like An Old- Fashioned Police Box from BBC Radio 4 on Tuesday June 23rd, is currently available for repeat or delayed enjoyment via the BBC iPlayer.

The 30 minute show featured contributions from Terrance Dicks, Philip Hinchcliffe (who even throws in a Tom Baker impression) and Anneke Wills to name but a few, and was a hugely warm and affectionate tribute to a series of books whose influence we can stillfeel today via the BBC’s Audiobooks range. Even the Tenth Doctor novels from BBC Books are indirect descendents of the days of TV episode novelisation.

BBC.co.uk’s Magazine section is currently running a feature on the show which includes a few of the anecdotes relayed by Mark Gatiss (writer of The Unquiet Dead and The Idiot’s Lantern, villain of The Lararus Experiment) from his childhood growing up in the North East of England reading novelisations of Doctor Who adventures in the days before home video recording units of any type.

It’s a highly recommended broadcast which every Doctor Who fan should listen to!



A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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