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Published on March 17th, 2011 | by Christian Cawley

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Classic Novelizations Re-Released!

BBC Books have announced the re-publication of 6 classic Doctor Who novels, each featuring Chris Achilleos’ stunning classic artwork! Complete with new introductions by Neil Gaiman, Charlie Higson, Gareth Roberts, Stephen Baxter, Russell T Davies and Terrance Dicks.

These titles represent a bygone, halcyon age for Doctor Who books, each wielding very different titles to those seen on-screen years earlier. Remember that back in the 1960s and 1970s – when these books were first released – home video recorders were unobtainable. Before these books were first published by TARGET, the only way to re-live any TV show was to catch a repeat (very rare in those days) or to record the audio with a cassette recorder.

Doctor Who and the Daleks, Doctor Who and the Crusaders, both written by David Whitaker, feature in the collection, alongside Doctor Who and the Cybermen (Gerry Davis), Doctor Who and the Abominable Snowman, Doctor Who and the Auton Invasion (both Terrance Dicks) and Doctor Who and the Cave Monsters (Malcolm Hulke)…

 

Doctor Who and the Daleks

David Whitaker

Introduction by Neil Gaiman

Doctor Who TARGET classicsThe mysterious Doctor and his granddaughter Susan are joined by unwilling adventurers Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright in an epic struggle for survival on an alien planet.

In a vast metal city they discover the survivors of a terrible nuclear war – the Daleks. Held captive in the deepest levels of the city, can the Doctor and his new companions stop the Daleks’ plan to totally exterminate their mortal enemies, the peace-loving Thals? More importantly, even if they can escape from the Daleks, will Ian and Barbara ever see their home planet Earth again?

This novel is based on the second Doctor Who story which was originally broadcast from 21 December 1963 – 1 February 1964. Featuring the First Doctor as played by William Hartnell, and his companions Susan, Ian and Barbara.

 

Doctor Who and the Crusaders

David Whitaker

Introduction by Charlie Higson

Doctor Who TARGET classicsArriving in the Holy Land in the middle of the Third Crusade, the Doctor and his companions run straight into trouble. The Doctor and Vicki befriend Richard the Lionheart, but must survive the cut-throat politics of the English court. Even with the king on their side, they find they have made powerful enemies.

Looking for Barbara, Ian is ambushed – staked out in the sand and daubed with honey so that the ants will eat him. With Ian unable to help, Barbara is captured by the cruel warlord El Akir. Even if Ian escapes and rescues her, will they ever see the Doctor, Vicki and the TARDIS again?

This novel is based on a Doctor Who story which was originally broadcast from 27 March – 17 April 1965. Featuring the First Doctor as played by William Hartnell, and his companions Ian, Barbara, and Vicki.

 

Doctor Who and the Cybermen

Gerry Davis

Introduction by Gareth Roberts

Doctor Who TARGET classicsIn 2070, the Earth’s weather is controlled from a base on the moon. But when the Doctor and his friends arrive, all is not well. They discover unexplained drops of air pressure, minor problems with the weather control systems, and an outbreak of a mysterious plague.

With Jamie injured, and members of the crew going missing, the Doctor realises that the moonbase is under attack. Some malevolent force is infecting the crew and sabotaging the systems as a prelude to an invasion of Earth. And the Doctor thinks he knows who is behind it: the Cybermen.

This novel is based on ‘The Moonbase’, a Doctor Who story which was originally broadcast from 11 February – 4 March 1967. Featuring the Second Doctor as played by Patrick Troughton, and his companions Polly, Ben and Jamie

 

Doctor Who and the Abominable Snowmen

Terrance Dicks

Introduction by Stephen Baxter

Doctor Who TARGET classicsThe Doctor has been to Det-Sen Monastery before, and expects the welcome of a life time. But the monastery is a very different place from when the Doctor last came. Fearing at attack at any moment by the legendary Yeti, the monks are prepared to defend themselves, and see the Doctor as a threat.

The Doctor and his friends join forces with Travers, an English explorer out to prove the existence of the elusive abominable snowmen. But they soon discover that these Yeti are not the timid animals that Travers seeks. They are the unstoppable servants of an alien Intelligence.

This novel is based on a Doctor Who story which was originally broadcast from 30 September – 4 November 1967. Featuring the Second Doctor as played by Patrick Troughton, and his companions Jamie and Victoria.

 

Doctor Who and the Auton Invasion

Terrance Dicks

Introduction by Russell T Davies

Doctor Who TARGET classicsPut on trial by the Time Lords, and found guilty of interfering in the affairs of other worlds, the Doctor is exiled to Earth in the 20th century, his appearance once again changed. His arrival coincides with a meteorite shower. But these are no ordinary meteorites.

The Nestene Consciousness has begun its first attempt to invade Earth using killer Autons and deadly shop window dummies. Only the Doctor and UNIT can stop the attack. But the Doctor is recovering in hospital, and his old friend the Brigadier doesn’t even recognise him. Can the Doctor recover and win UNIT’s trust before the invasion begins?

This novel is based on ‘Spearhead from Space’, a Doctor Who story which was originally broadcast from 3 – 24 January 1970. Featuring the Third Doctor as played by Jon Pertwee, and his companion Liz Shaw and the UNIT organisation commanded by Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart.

 

Doctor Who and the Cave Monsters

Malcolm Hulke

Introduction by Terrance Dicks

Doctor Who TARGET classicsUNIT are called in to investigate security at a secret research centre buried under Wenley Moor. Unknown to the Doctor and his colleagues, the work at the centre has woken a group of Silurians – intelligent reptiles that used to be the dominant life form on Earth in prehistoric times.

Now they have woken, the Silurians are appalled to find ‘their’ planet populated by upstart apes. The Doctor hopes to negotiate a peace deal, but there are those on both sides who cannot bear the thought of humans and Silurians living together. As UNIT soldiers enters the cave systems, and the Silurians unleash a deadly plague that could wipe out the human race, the battle for planet Earth begins.

This novel is based on ‘The Silurians’, a Doctor Who story which was originally broadcast from 31 January – 14 March 1970. Featuring the Third Doctor as played by Jon Pertwee, and his companion Liz Shaw and the UNIT organisation commanded by Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart.

All 6 titles will be published on 7th July at £4.99 each.

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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+.




7 Responses to Classic Novelizations Re-Released!

  1. avatar Carn says:

    They look great :D

  2. avatar TimeChaser says:

    They really should do reprints of the entire classic novelizations range, because it’s a shame they’ve been allowed to go out of print when for a lot of the First and Second Doctor stories, its the only way fans can still enjoy them.

  3. avatar Carn says:

    Well not the only way as such if you don’t mind reconstructions or just listening to the audio.

  4. avatar IanOTimelord says:

    Great move my the BBC! I still have the originals and love them.

  5. avatar TimeChaser says:

    @Carn:

    True, but to me both of those lack the dynamic of reading a book and allowing your own mind to construct the story.

  6. avatar Leosw4 says:

    They look really cool.

    Grew up with Target-I remember in the late 70s/early 80s going to town every almost everyweek to buy one-the new books used to come out monthly I think, so that was really exciting-especially when the Gallifrey Guardian section in DWM used to announce what was in the pipeline.

    Out of the one’s above, the Cave Monsters was my favourite, but for sheer detail, The Daleks and The Crusaders are something else. The fact that Gaiman et al have written an introdution makes this all the more special. Definately going to buy these. Bring on the Web of Fear (my all time favourite) and Planet of the Daleks-my first Target.


  7. I’ll watch out for these with great interest.

    As a diehard fan I’ve always found the novels quite interesting, as your imagination always takes you places beyond the show.

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