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The novelisations published by Target Books in the UK also enjoyed success elsewhere in the world. Along the way, however, some of the most familiar aspects of Doctor Who got lost in translation…
Cover art for the Japanese edition of Doctor Who and the Daleks (‘Space- Time Big Bloody Battle!’), published by Hayakawa Bunko in 1980. Cover art by Michiaki Sato.
Doktor Kim ve Otonlar (‘The Autons’), the Turkish version of Doctor Who and the Auton Invasion, published by Remzi Kitabevi in 1975. Cover art by Chris Achilleos.
Doutor Who e a Mudança da História (‘The Change of History’), the Brazilian edition of Doctor Who and the Day of the Daleks, published by Global Editora e Distribuidora in 1974. Cover art by Darlon.

I started collecting the Target Doctor Who novelisations around 1974. The first one I bought was The Curse of Peladon, though I was quick to snap up the ones that had come before it. So in 1977, when I was preparing the first edition of a new fanzine, I made a point of interviewing the key Target author, Terrance Dicks.

Terrance had a massive study that was simply crammed with books. On several shelves were copies of the ones Terrance had written himself, and these included something I’d previously been unaware of: overseas foreign-language editions of some of the Target novels.

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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 Highlights include exclusive interviews with the key players, numerous rare images and extracts from two unpublished manuscripts.