Monday, 19 March 2012

BBC Books: Classic Target Novelisations (Wave 2)

Following on from their successful re-launch last year, BBC Books are to release a further six reprints of the classic series Target novelisations in May, based upon a reader poll via Doctor Who on Facebook. The novelisations will once again feature their original cover artwork, plus a new introduction from 'modern' day authors.

Doctor Who and The Day Of The Daleks (available for pre-order)
by Terrance Dicks
introduced by Gary Russell

UNIT is called in when an important diplomat is attacked in his own home - by a man who vanishes into thin air! The Doctor and Jo spend a night in the 'haunted' house and meet the attackers, who have 'time-jumped' back from the 22nd century in the hope of changing history. Travelling forward in time, the Doctor and Jo find themselves trapped in a future world where humans are slaves and the Daleks have already invaded. Using their ape-like servants, the Ogrons, to maintain order, the Daleks are now the masters of Earth. As the Doctor desperately works to discover what has happened to put history off-track, the Daleks plan a time-jump attack on the 20th century.

Featuring the Third Doctor as played by Jon Pertwee, with his companion Jo Grant and the UNIT organization commanded by Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, this novel is based on a Doctor Who story which was originally broadcast from 1-22 January, 1972.

Originally released in April 1974
Doctor Who and The Ark In Space (available for pre-order)
by Ian Marter
introduced by Steven Moffat


The survivors of a devastated future Earth lie in suspended animation on a great satellite. When Earth is safe again, they will awaken. But when the Doctor, Sarah, and Harry arrive on the Terra Nova, they find the systems have failed and the humans never woke. The Wirrrn Queen has infiltrated the satellite, and laid her eggs inside one of the sleepers. As the first of the humans wake, they face an attack by the emerging Wirrrn. But not everyone is what they seem, and the only way the Doctor can discover the truth is by joining with the dead mind of the Wirrrn Queen. The price of failure is the Doctor's death, and the end of humanity!

Featuring the Fourth Doctor as played by Tom Baker, and his companions Sarah Jane Smith and Harry Sullivan, this novel is based on a Doctor Who story which was originally broadcast from 25 January - 15 February, 1975.

Originally released on 10th May 1977
Doctor Who and The Loch Ness Monster (available for pre-order)
by Terrance Dicks
introduction by Michael Moorcock


Centuries ago, a Zygon spaceship crash landed in Loch Ness. Now, with their home planet destroyed, the alien creatures plan to take over Earth. Their most powerful weapon is a huge, armored, dinosaur-like creature of terrifying power that they brought to earth as an embryo - the Loch Ness Monster! The Doctor, Sarah, and Harry soon discover that the Zygons have another weapon. They can assume the identity of any human they capture. Who knows which of their friends might really be a Zygon? UNIT faces one of its toughest battles as Broton, Warlord of the Zygons, puts his plan into action and the Loch Ness Monster attacks!

Featuring the Fourth Doctor as played by Tom Baker, with his companions Sarah Jane Smith and Harry Sullivan and the UNIT organization commanded by Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, this novel is based on a Doctor Who story which was originally broadcast from 30 August - 20 September, 1975.

Originally published on 15th January 1976, the novelisation retitled the story Terror of the Zygons.
Doctor Who and The Tenth Planet (available for pre-order)
by Gerry Davis
introduced by Tom MacRae

The TARDIS brings the Doctor and his friends to a space tracking base in the Antarctic - and straight into trouble! A space mission is going badly wrong, and a new planet has appeared in the sky. Mondas, ancient fabled twin planet of Earth, has returned! But, once the inhabitants used to be just like the humans of Earth, they're very different now. Devoid of emotions, their bodies replaced with plastic and steel, the Cybermen are here! Humanity needs all the help it can get, but the one man who seems to know what's going on is terminally ill. As the Cybermen take over, the Doctor is dying...

Featuring the First Doctor in his very last adventure as played by William Hartnell, and his companions Ben and Polly, this novel is based on a Doctor Who story which was originally broadcast from 8-29 October, 1966.

Originally published on 19th February 1976
Doctor Who and The Ice Warriors (available for pre-order)
by Brian Hayles
introduction by Mark Gatiss

The world is in the grip of a second Ice Age. Despite a coordinated global effort, the glaciers still advance. But they are not the only threat to the planet. Buried deep in the ice, scientists at Britannicus Base have discovered an ancient warrior. But this is no simple archaeological find. What they have found is the commander of a spaceship that crashed into the glacier thousands of years ago. Thawed from the ice, and knowing their home planet Mars is now a dead world, the Ice Warriors decide to make Earth their own. Can the Doctor and his friends overcome the warlike Martians and halt the advance of the glaciers?

Featuring the Second Doctor as played by Patrick Troughton, and his companions Jamie and Victoria, this novel is based on a Doctor Who story which was originally broadcast from 11 November - 16 December, 1967.

Originally published on 18th March 1976, the novelisation has also been released on audio read by Frazer Hines.
Doctor Who and The Three Doctors (available for pre-order)
by Terrance Dicks
introduction by Alastair Reynolds

A mysterious black hole is draining away power from the Universe. Even the Time Lords are threatened! The Doctor is also in trouble! Creatures from the black hole besiege UNIT Headquarters. The only person who can help the Doctor is... himself. The Time Lords bring together the first three incarnations of the Doctor to discover the truth about the black hole and stop the energy drain. The Doctors and their companions travel through the black hole itself, into a universe of anti-matter. Here they meet one of the very first Time Lords - Omega - who gave his race the power to travel through time. Trapped for aeons in the black hole, he now plans to escape - whatever the cost!

Featuring the first three Doctors as played by William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, and Jon Pertwee, together with Jo Grant and the UNIT organization commanded by Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, this novel is based on a Doctor Who story which was originally broadcast from December 30, 1972 - January 20, 1973.

Originally published on 20th November 1975, the novelisation has also been released on audio read by Katy Manning.

The books are due to be published on 10th May.