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FIVE OF THE BEST: CHRIS ACHILLEOS

Target’s first Doctor Who artist established a style that proved seminal. Here, Chris Achilleos reveals how he created some of his favourite covers.
Artist Chris Achilleos.
Doctor Who and the Planet of the Daleks (1976).
Chris’ cover art for Doctor Who and the Zarbi (1973), one of his first three commissions for Target.

K Kklak! Kapow! Kerblam!

Oh yeah, you always know when you’re looking at a Target novelisation cover drawn by Chris Achilleos. Not only does the design leap off the book and punch you on the beak, but the artwork crackles with kinetic life.

You can literally see that fizzy energy as a visual element on so many of Chris’ wonderful covers, to the extent that it has become one of his Target trademarks, along with his ever-present emphasis on graphic design and his old-school comic book sensibilities.

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About Doctor Who Magazine

Considered a unique record of Doctor Who’s history in the era before fanzines, official magazines and home video, Target books are probably the most cherished items of merchandise inspired by the show. They’re certainly the most commercially successful. From the early 1970s to the early 90s, it’s estimated that Target sold over eight million novelisations and other Doctor Who books. This is the inside story of a legendary imprint, from its rise and fall to its triumphant revival in 2018. Highlights include exclusive interviews with the key players, numerous rare images and extracts from two unpublished manuscripts.