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GHOST WRITING

Marc Platt novelised his own television Doctor Who story and then another by one of his friends.
Alister Pearson’s cover painting for Doctor Who – Ghost Light (1990) features Ace (Sophie Aldred) and the Doctor (Sylvester McCoy).

On 30 August 1989, Target editor Peter Darvill-Evans issued a contract for Marc Platt to novelise his own Doctor Who story. Ghost Light had been recorded at Television Centre earlier that month and would be broadcast in October, with the novelisation to be published the following year.

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 Highlights include exclusive interviews with the key players, numerous rare images and extracts from two unpublished manuscripts.