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Doctor Who hits the Target range once more (updated)
By James Whittington, Sunday 25th February 2018

If, like me, you grew up in the 1970s and VHS was yet to be invented, then you had to rely on books to relive your favourite TV and movie moments. For Doctor Who fans, the Target range of novelisations were the only way to catch up and enjoy classic adventures.

Now BBC Books have announced the first Target novelisations of Doctor Who's new post-2005 series. For the first time ever, Russell T Davies and Steven Moffat will be novelising their own episodes; Rose and The Day of the Doctor, joined by Paul Cornell novelising Twice Upon a Time, Jenny T Colgan novelising The Christmas Invasion and James Goss with the first Douglas Adams Target novelisation: City of Death.

Here's a quick run down of what each title is about.

Rose: Russell T Davies - In a lair somewhere beneath central London, a malevolent alien intelligence is plotting the end of humanity. Shop window dummies that can move - and kill - are taking up key positions, ready to strike. Rose Tyler, an ordinary Londoner, is working her shift in a department store, unaware that this is the most important day of her life. She's about to meet the only man who understands the true nature of the threat facing Earth, a stranger who will open her eyes to all the wonder and terror of the universe - a traveller in time and space known as the Doctor.

The Day of the Doctor: Steven Moffat - The Tenth Doctor is hunting shape-shifting Zygons in Elizabethan England. The Eleventh is investigating a rift in space-time in the present day. And one other - the man they used to be but never speak of - is fighting the Daleks in the darkest days of the Time War. Driven by demons and despair, this battle-scarred Doctor is set to take a devastating decision that will threaten the survival of the entire universe - a decision that not even a Time Lord can take alone. On this day, the Doctor's different incarnations will come together to save the Earth - to save the universe - and to save his soul.

Twice Upon a Time: Paul Cornell - Still reeling from his encounter with the Cybermen, the First Doctor stumbles through the bitter Antarctic wind, resisting the approaching regeneration with all his strength. But as he fights his way through the snowdrifts, he comes across the familiar shape of a blue police box, and a mysterious figure who introduces himself as the Doctor - Thrown together at their most vulnerable moments, the two Doctors must discover why the snowflakes are suspended in the sky, why a First World War Captain has been lifted from his time stream moments before his death, and who is the mysterious Glass Woman who knows their true name. The Doctor is reunited with Bill, but is she all she seems? And can he hold out against the coming regeneration?

The Christmas Invasion: Jenny T Colgan - When a British space probe is intercepted by a sinister alien vessel on the eve of Christmas, it marks the beginning of an audacious invasion of the Earth by the Sycorax - horrifying marauders from beyond the stars. Within hours, a third of humanity stands on the brink of death with not a single shot fired. Our planet needs a champion - but the Doctor is not fit for service. He's just regenerated, delirious in a new body and a dressing gown. Forced into his battered shoes is his friend, Rose Tyler, a girl from a London council estate. Will she save the world from this nightmare before Christmas - or see it destroyed?

City Of Death: James Goss - Visiting Paris in 1979, the Doctor and Romana's hopes for a holiday are soon shattered by armed thugs, a suave and dangerous Count, a plot to steal the Mona Lisa and a world-threatening experiment with time. Teaming up with a British detective, the Time Lords discover that a ruthless alien plot hatched in Earth's pre-history has reached its final stage. If Scaroth, last of the Jagaroth, cannot be stopped then the human race is history, along with all life on Earth...

Below are the two latest cover images to be released.


Related show tags: DOCTOR WHO, JAMES GOSS, JENNY T COLGAN, PAUL CORNELL, RUSSELL T DAVIES, STEVEN MOFFAT
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