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Published on March 13th, 2012 | by Andrew Reynolds

Targeting Retro Love

Ever wanted to see new episodes of Doctor Who transformed into the style of classic Target novelisation covers?

Well want no more as Gallifrey Base forum user Old Type 40 has been busy re-imagining the Russell T. Davies era through theses magnificent covers via the Doctor Who Reprint Society.

Like the novels that inspired these covers there’s no shortage of imagination on show here – some, like the brilliant cover for Time Crash – give just enough of a hint as to what a writer could do when not limited by budget or production practicalities. Others are dead on interpretations right down to the ‘and the’ clause added to The Last of the Time Lords cover.

We particularly like the gem accompanying this article, particularly apt given current rumours, we feel not to mention beautifully composed!

There all worth checking out and, what’s more, the set isn’t complete yet.

So remember to keep checking in with Old Type 40 to see just now Target might have tackled the Moffat era.

(Thanks to Alasdair)


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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

3 Responses to Targeting Retro Love

  1. avatar Philip Bates says:

    These are soooo awesome.

    I’d love to read modern TARGET novels. I’d even volunteer to write a few, if the Beeb are reading…

  2. avatar Greg C says:

    They are amazing! Just need the actual books now!

  3. avatar Brian Stultz says:

    These are great! We have DVDs available so quickly and all sorts of digital media platforms on which to watch new who. Yet even with less wait time to revisit your fav stories. I still miss the excitement of hunting down the target novelizations and sometimes getting a meatier version of the story and so often with wonderful cover art. Somehow even with all the cool games and toys that were not available for me as a kid. I feel like the children of now; who love and watch Who are missing out on these would be treasures.

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