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Target Books’ range of Doctor Who novelisations is fondly remembered for the illustrations that graced its covers. In April 2016 Doctor Who’s account brand manager opened an exhibition of this artwork at the Cartoon Museum in London.
The 1973 Target paperback of Doctor Who and the Daleks helped to establish the reputation of cover artist Chris Achilleos.

In my day job, I handle many of the things that happen in the world of Doctor Who. It’s always so varied and I’ve had many memorable moments, but it was my personal project to track down the original Target Books artwork for an exhibition that has been my highlight of 2016.

I started collecting the books when I was a child, starting with Doctor Who and the Zarbi on my fifth birthday. As the years progressed, I had such a love for the books that I would seek out reprints with different covers and even variations in the logo colour. Like many young fans, I would even attempt my own novelisations and design my own front covers. Sadly, none of those homemade versions survived; likewise, I presumed for years that the covers of the actual books had been lost or destroyed. It wasn’t until I visited my friend Gary Russell, and saw the original artwork for books such as Doctor Who and the Dinosaur Invasion and Doctor Who and the Ice Warriors, that I realised many of these pieces survived in private collections.

Gary began collecting the artwork in the mid-1980s and together with another fan, David Howe, had amassed quite a large selection. David had begun his collection back in the 1970s, when he interviewed Chris Achilleos for a Doctor Who fanzine. Chris sold some of his originals to David and a network of buying and selling the paintings began to develop. Indeed, David believes that the reason so many of the paintings exist today is down to the fact that quite a few people have sought them out and traded them over the years. Had they not, the artwork may have eventually been junked by the artists if they felt it had outlived its usefulness.

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The bumper 100-page Christmas 2016 issue of Doctor Who Magazine contains a wealth of seasonal goodies including: a huge preview of the 2016 Christmas Special, The Return of Doctor Mysterio, with contributions from writer Steven Moffat and director Ed Balazgette; exclusive interviews with Matt Lucas, who plays new companion Nardole, and guest-star Justin Chatwin; a brand-new Christmas comic strip adventure for the Doctor and Jess: "Be Forgot"; a feature which reveals the Doctor's amazing superhero-like abilities!; The Fact of Fiction looks in-depth at 2006’s Christmas Special The Runaway Bride, with new insights from writer Russell T Davies; a look back at all the things that have happened in the universe of Doctor Who in 2016; The Time Team watch The Sarah Jane Adventures: Death of the Doctor and 2010's A Christmas Carol; a look at how the Doctor Who Pinball Table has been recreated for a new generation; the Watcher's fiendishly festive Christmas quiz; plus previews, reviews, official news and much more!