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Target Books

For the first time in over 25 years years there are new titles in the Target Books range. But do these novelisations live up to the hype?



Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) and her boyfriend Mickey Smith (Noel Clarke) in Rose (2005).

Reviewed this issue

Rose by Russell T Davies

The Christmas Invasion

by Jenny T Colgan

The Day of the Doctor by Steven Moffat

Twice Upon a Time by Paul Cornell

BBC Books RRP £6.99 each

Plenty of people will tell you that the Target books were the principal way to relive old episodes of Doctor Who in the days before we had easy access to recordings.

Well, yes, but they were also objects of joy in themselves: beautifully packaged, bite-sized novels that gave us the chance to explore our favourite TV series in an entirely different medium. At their best, they conjured up vivid worlds that couldn’t be staged on a TV budget, presenting thoroughly realised characters who leapt off the page. Even the less-celebrated Target books – those that were rumoured to have been dashed off in the space of a weekend – offered clarity.

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From scenes which didn't make the final cut to characters who were completely edited out... Issue 525 of Doctor Who Magazine brings you the best bits of Doctor Who you never got to see! Doctor Who Magazine 525 also includes: • An interview with Will Oswald, an editor on Doctor Who from 2007 to 2017 • DWM chats to Michelle Ryan about the return of her character Lady Christina de Souza • The Time Team returns - and they've regenerated! • Out of the TARDIS with Janet Fielding, who played 80s companion Tegan • A look back at the ways new Doctors have been introduced to the public • Jamie Lenman's cosplay quest to recreate the Fourth Doctor's scarf • Part Two of The Clockwise War, a new comic strip adventure featuring the Doctor and Bill • The Fact of Fiction delves into the 2009 Tenth Doctor story Planet of the Dead • Previews, book and audio reviews, news, The Blogs of Doom, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!