The covers for the new Doctor Who target novelizations coming out in 2016 have been released. Based on classic Doctor Who stories featuring the first Seven Doctors, the new Target novelisations bring joy to a new generation of Doctor Who fans. Synopsis can be found below. The first novel to come out is The Web Planet, which is due on the 25th of April 2016. Synopsis and preorder link can be found below:
Affected by a strange force, the TARDIS is dragged down to the desolate planet of Vortis. Until they can discover what is holding them there, the Doctor and his friends are trapped on the planet…The Doctor, Ian and Vicki are captured by the Zarbi – huge ant-like creatures controlled by the parasitic alien Animus. Meanwhile, Barbara runs into a group of Menoptera, butterfly-like creatures that have been driven from their home planet by the Animus, and plan to return with an invasion force. But the Zarbi know their plans and are waiting for the Menoptera..
The pre order link can be found here.
The next novel, also released on the 26th of April is The Visitation based on the classic Fifth Doctor story by Eric Saward. A pre order link can be found here.
Trying to get Tegan back to Heathrow in 1981, the Doctor brings the TARDIS to the right place, but over 300 years early – in 1666. They are not the only visitors as Death stalks the local woods, complete with cloak, scythe and a skull-like face.
In fact, ‘Death’ is an android brought by a group of alien Terileptils whose spaceship has crashed. Criminals and fugitives from their own race, they now plan to take over Earth. With Adric and Tegan captured, the Doctor and Nyssa try to deal with the deadly android, and a group of local villagers under the control of the Terileptils.
But even if they succeed, can they prevent the Terileptils from unleashing an even more deadly from of the Black Death?
The next novel is The Dinosaur Invasion based on the classic 3rd Doctor story, Invasion of the Dinosaurs broadcast during Pertwee’s last season as The Doctor. It will be released on the 28th of April 2016 and you can pre order it here.
The Doctor and Sarah arrive in London to find it deserted. The city has been evacuated as prehistoric monsters appear in the streets. While the Doctor works to discover who or what is bringing the dinosaurs to London, Sarah finds herself trapped on a spaceship that left Earth months ago travelling to a new world…
Against the odds, the Doctor manages to trace the source of the dinosaurs. But will he and the Brigadier be in time to unmask the villains before Operation Golden Age changes the history of planet Earth and wipes out the whole of human civilisation?
Set to be released on the 24th of May 2016, this novelisation is based on the classic 7th Doctor story of the same name made during McCoy’s last series as The Doctor. It also marked the last appearance of The Brigadier in Doctor Who on TV. You can pre order it here.
A UNIT nuclear convoy, stranded on the shores of Lake Vortigern, becomes the focus of an incursion by knights from a parallel reality. In this other world, technology and magic exist side by side, and the legends of King Arthur are fact. Close to the lake, the sinister Mordred battles against his enemy Ancelyn and summons his mother, the powerful witch Morgaine.
Is the Doctor really Merlin? And will he discover what actually happened to King Arthur? But time is running out for everyone as Morgaine takes control of the nuclear weapons and summons the Destroyer – Lord of Darkness and Eater of Worlds…
Released on the 28th of June 2016, this novelisation brings to life one of The Doctor’s most famous adventures and shows how and why the Daleks were born as well as introducing their creator Davros, last seen battling the 12th Doctor in The Magician’s Apprentice/ The Witch’s Familiar. You can pre order the novelisation 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…
The next release on the 26th of July 2016 is that of the recently rediscovered Troughton story, The Web of Fear. Featuring the Yeti and the Great Intelligence, The Web of Fear is one of The Doctor’s most terrifying stories of the 1960s. You can pre order it here.
The TARDIS is engulfed by a mysterious web-like substance in space. Breaking free, the Doctor and his companions Jamie and Victoria land in the London Underground system. But a spreading killer mist has meant that London has been evacuated. The Great Intelligence is back – and its robot Yeti are roaming the streets and the underground tunnels.
The Doctor, Jamie, and Victoria team up with an army unit working with their old friend Professor Travers to combat the menace. They soon realise, however, that someone in the group must be working for the Intelligence. With time running out, the Doctor and his friends realise they can trust no one…
The final release is that of the classic Sixth Doctor story, Vengeance on Varos is released on 26th of July 2016. The story features the first appearance of Sil who would return to torment The Doctor during The Trial of a Time Lord. You can pre order the novel here.
In need of Zeiton-7 to repair the TARDIS, the Doctor and Peri travel to the planet Varos. A former prison for the criminally insane, Varos is now ruled by the descendents of the guards. The population is kept in check and entertained by broadcasts of torture and execution from the Punishment Dome – where the TARDIS lands.
Soon the Doctor and Peri, together with rebel fugitives Jondar and Areta, find themselves trying to escape the Dome’s traps and challenges – all on live television.
Can the Doctor and Peri escape the Punishment Dome, and help the Governor ensure the people of Varos get a fair deal for their Zeiton-7?