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Out Now: Four New Fourth, Tenth, and Twelfth Doctor Target Novelisations

The Target novelisations of two Fourth Doctor stories, a Tenth Doctor tale, and a Twelfth Doctor episode are available now, priced £7.99.

The Stones of Blood and The Androids of Tara have been released previously, albeit written by Terrance Dicks; these latest editions are written by the original screenwriter, David Fisher. It’s the first time these have been available in book format; previously, they were the basis for audiobook recordings.

And James Moran and Rona Munro have both adapted their respective Doctor Who stories, The Fires of Pompeii and The Eaters of Light.

Sadly, Peter Harness’ The Zygon Invasion has sadly been delayed and will form part of a new batch of Target Collection novels, due out in 2023.

Forbidden Planet has been offering signed copies of The Fires of Pompeii and The Eaters of Light, but they’re now sold out’ more stock might be added, but it’s doubtful. So for now, your best bet is Amazon.

Here are the blurbs for the four books, alongside stunning cover art by Anthony Dry…

The Stones of Blood by David Fisher

“We won’t find Dracula hanging around the Manor. But we may find something equally disturbing…”

The Doctor is delighted when his quest for the Key to Time leads him to his favourite planet, Earth. But his friends are less enchanted: Romana is nearly lured to her death by a sinister apparition, and K9 is all but destroyed by a belligerent boulder with the power to move – and a thirst for blood.

An ancient stone circle becomes a battleground as the Doctor must outwit the deadliest alien criminal this side of hyperspace – and her bloodthirsty silicon servants…

The Androids of Tara by David Fisher

“Why is your first impulse to reach for your swords and never a screwdriver?”

The Doctor and Romana’s search for the fourth segment of the all-powerful Key to Time leads them to the planet Tara, where courtly intrigue and romantic pageantry employ the most sophisticated technology.

Within hours of arriving, Romana is mistaken for a powerful princess and the Doctor forced to dally with robotic royalty – and both are quickly embroiled in the scheming ambitions of the wicked Count Grendel. Finding the segment of the Key is easy enough, but escaping with it in one piece will prove an altogether more colourful affair…

The Fires of Pompeii by James Moran

“My masters will follow the example of Rome… our mighty empire bestraddling the whole of civilization!”

It is AD 79, and the TARDIS lands in Pompeii on the eve of the town’s destruction. Mount Vesuvius is ready to erupt and bury its surroundings in molten lava, just as history dictates. Or is it?

The Doctor and Donna find that Pompeii is home to impossible things: circuits made of stone, soothsayers who read minds and fiery giants made of burning rock. From a lair deep in the volcano, these creatures plot the end of humanity – and the Doctor soon finds he has no way to win…

The Eaters of Light by Rona Munro

“To protect a muddy little hillside, you doomed your whole world!”

The Doctor takes Bill and Nardole back to 2nd century Scotland to learn the fate of the ‘lost’ Ninth Legion of the Imperial Roman Army. 5,000 soldiers vanished without explanation – how?

The search for the truth leads the Doctor and his friends into a deadly mystery. Who is the Guardian of the Gate? What nightmare creature roams the wildlands, darkening the sky and destroying all in its path? A threat from another dimension has been unleashed on the Earth, and only a terrible sacrifice can put things right…

Philip Bates

Editor and co-founder of the Doctor Who Companion. When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything. Writer of The Black Archive: The Pandorica Opens/ The Big Bang, The Silver Archive: The Stone Tape, and 100 Objects of Doctor Who.

Out Now: Four New Fourth, Tenth, and Twelfth Doctor Target Novelisations

by Philip Bates time to read: 2 min
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