Information has today been released about a new range of Doctor Who Target novelisation reprints coming next year. The range, which follows on from previous reprintings of classic stories such as The Abominable Snowmen, The Auton Invasion, The Cave-Monsters, The Cybermen and The Daleks. This new selections includes novelisations of adventures which feature the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th Doctors. The release order is as follows:
Doctor Who and The Zarbi:
Set to be released on the 26th of April 2016, this classic novel is based on the infamous 1st Doctor story – The Web Planet. The novelisation is written by Bill Strutton. You can pre order the book here. The synopsis featured below, is like all the other synopsises are taken from over printings of the said novels.
The Doctor stared about him and passed a trembling hand over his brow. ‘The ship!’ he muttered. ‘It’s gone!’
Drawn to the planet Vortis by some unknown force, the Doctor and his companions find themselves in a barren, cold world dominated by the Zarbi, monstrous metallic ant-like creatures at war with the delicate Menoptra. Searching for the lost TARDIS, the Doctor must struggle with the Animus — seemingly a creature of evil and light…
Doctor Who: The Visitation
Set to be released on the 26th of April, this novelisation is based on the 5th Doctor story of the same name. The novelisation is written by Eric Saward. You can preorder the book here.
‘Call yourself a Time Lord?’ Tegan shouted. ‘A broken clock keeps better time than you!’
The Doctor tries to return Tegan to the Heathrow she left in 1981, but instead the TARDIS lands just outside London in 1666 — the year of the Great Plague. The Doctor and his companions receive a decidedly cool welcome — and it soon becomes clear that the sinister activities of other visitors from space and time have made the villagers extremely sensitive of outsiders.
And as a result of the aliens’ evil schemes, the Doctor finds himself on the point of playing a key role in a gruesome historical event.
Doctor Who And The Dinosaur Invasion
Set to be released on the 24th of May 2016, this novelisation is based on the 3rd Doctor story of the same name. The novelisation is written by Malcolm Hulke. You can preorder the book here.
“We’re facing the destruction of history itself!”
The Doctor and Sarah return from the past to find London deserted and under martial law after a sudden invasion of prehistoric monsters. Uniting with Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, they uncover a plot to alter time: wiping out all Earth’s previous history and returning it to a golden age before technological pollution. Fighting traitors within and monsters without, the Doctor and UNIT must try and stop the deadly idealists.
Doctor Who: Battlefield
Set to be released on the 24th of May 2016, this novelisation is based on the 7th Doctor story of the same name. This story marks the last appearance of the Brigadier in Doctor Who as played my Nick Courtney. The novelisation is written by Marc Platt. You can preorder the book here.
Only a few years from now, a squad of UNIT troops is escorting a nuclear missile through the English countryside. At the nearby archaeological dig, knights in armour are fighting battles with broadswords — and guns and grenades.
The Doctor arrives on the scene and meets two old friends: Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, called out of retirement to help in the emergency, and Bessie the souped-up roadster.
Ace escapes from death by drowning in a submerged spaceship, only to find herself at the mercy of a demon known as the Destroyer.
The action is fast and furious, as expected in a script by Ben Aaronovitch, who wrote the classic Remembrance of the Daleks. And why do the knights address the Doctor as ‘Merlin’? What is the power of the sword that Ace retrieves from the bottom of the lake? Will Morgaine carry out her threat to destroy the world?
Doctor Who: Genesis of the Daleks
Set to be released on 28th of June 2016 this novelisation is based on the classic 4th Doctor story of the same name. The novelisation is by Terrence Dicks. This story marks the first apperance of Davros, who recently returned to Doctor Who in The Magician’s Apprentice / The Witch’s Familair. You can pre order the book here.
The place: Skaro
Time: The Birth of the Daleks
After a thousand years of futile war against the Thals, Davros has perfected the physical form that will carry his race into eternity — the dreaded Dalek.
Without feeling, conscience or pity, the Dalek is programmed to EXTERMINATE.
At the command of the Time Lords, Doctor Who travels back through time in an effort to totally destroy this terrible menace of the future.
But even the Doctor cannot always win…
Doctor Who and The Web of Fear.
Set to be released on the 26th of July 2016, this novelisation is based on the recently found 2nd Doctor classic of the same name. For many years this novelisation was the only method of revisiting this famous Yeti story. The novelisation is by Terrence Dicks. You can pre order the book here.
Forty years the Yeti had been quiet. A collector’s item in a museum. Then without warning it awoke — and savagely murdered.
At about the same time patches of mist began to appear in Central London. People who lingered anytime in the mist were found dead, their faces smothered in cobwebs. The cobweb seeped down, penetrating the Underground System. Slowly it spread…
Then the Yeti reappeared, roaming the misty streets and cobwebbed tunnels, killing everyone in their path. Central London was gripped tight in a Web of Fear…
Doctor Who Vengeance on Varos
Set to be released on the 26th of July this novelisation is based on the 6th Doctor story of the same name. The novelisation is written by Philip Martin. You can preorder the book here.
‘Is he sane, this Doctor?’
The TARDIS has stalled in mid-flight, and it is only on the planet Varos that the Doctor can find the precious Zeiton-7 ore he needs to continue his travels through time and space. Arriving on the planet, he saves the rebel Jondar from execution, and incurs the wrath of Sil, the sadistic representative of the Galatron Mining Corporation on Varos.
The hunt is on for the Doctor and his rebel friends. And as they are pursued through the corridors of the deadly Punishment Dome, the Doctor discovers that the people of Varos have some very disturbing ideas about entertainment.