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Four Fifteenth Doctor Stories to be Adapted Into Doctor Who Target Novelisations

The Fifteenth Doctor and Ruby Sunday joins the Target novels range later this year, with four adaptations of Doctor Who Series 14 episodes, three of which are brand new.

While The Church on Ruby Road by Esmie Jikiemi-Pearson was released in hardback in January 2024, it’s being re-released in paperback format, fitting in with the rest of the Target series, alongside brand new novelisations — Space Babies, 73 Yards, and Rogue.

Sadly, Anthony Dry has stopped doing the cover artwork, but these pieces are still great.

Here’s what to expect from the four books.

The Church on Ruby Road

Chance. Misfortune. Coincidence. These are the weapons of choice for the Doctor’s latest enemies. And those enemies are very, very hungry…

For Ruby Sunday, this Christmas Eve is a birthday she’ll never forget. It’s the day she joins the Doctor onboard a Goblin ship. The day she learns of dangers from beyond the universe. The day her life really begins… or, perhaps, the day it ends.

The Target novelisation of the first full adventure featuring the Fifteenth Doctor, played by Ncuti Gatwa, and the introduction of his new best friend, Ruby Sunday played by Millie Gibson. Russell T Davies’ original script has been novelised by up-and-coming literary talent Esmie Jikiemi-Pearson.

Space Babies

In space, something can hear you scream. And that something is coming.

On her first adventure in outer space, Ruby learns that the universe is bigger, more colourful, and crazier than she could ever have imagined. She also learns that even the Doctor can feel afraid – and that certain nightmares are all too real…

A new voice to Doctor Who fiction, Alison Rumfitt, presents the Target novelisation of Russell T Davies’ first space adventure for the Fifteenth Doctor and Ruby Sunday, as played by Ncuti Gatwa and Millie Gibson.

73 Yards

How long is 73 yards?

Haunted by a sinister presence, Ruby must cope with losing the Doctor and the life she once knew. With her new life without her best friend becoming bleaker by the day, something terrifying is unleashed, and it’s up to Ruby to stop it.

This eerie episode from Russell T Davies is novelised by series script editor Scott Handcock, featuring the Fifteenth Doctor played by Ncuti Gatwa and Ruby Sunday played by Millie Gibson.


Earth’s Regency era – a time of culture, extravagance, sumptuous balls… and aliens?

While Ruby is a popular new addition to the Duchess of Pemberton’s ball, the Doctor’s world is about to be forever rocked by a dashing visitor from space. With many party-guests facing an identity crisis like no other, it is up to the Doctor and Ruby to stop the menacing Chuldurs’ plot.

Doctor Who presents a classic tale with an alien twist in a thrilling novelisation from the episode’s scriptwriters, Kate Herron and Briony Redman. Featuring Ncuti Gatwa as the Fifteenth Doctor and Millie Gibson as Ruby Sunday.

All four books are available to pre-order now (click on the titles to be redirected to Amazon), and will be released on 8th August 2024.

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.

Four Fifteenth Doctor Stories to be Adapted Into Doctor Who Target Novelisations

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