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« on: March 19, 2011, 01:06:16 pm »

BBC Books have announced that 6 classic novels will be repackaged and re-released on July 7th priced at a brilliant 4.99 each.

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« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2011, 01:53:18 pm »

That's a really reasonable price for newly released (or re-released in this case) books these days - I may well kick off my DW novel collection with these  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2011, 03:37:26 pm »

I don't know if it is me being all nostalgic, but aren't the old novel covers absolutely beautiful? These are amazing novels. I have them all but just looking at the new introductions is tempting me to part with a fiver Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2011, 03:31:34 pm »

Those covers are brilliant! And for the prices too?!? Bargain
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« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2011, 01:45:31 pm »

Six more novels have been announced for May 2012. Hopefully they will be getting the awesome cover overhaul like the ones above.

DOCTOR WHO AND THE DAY OF THE DALEKS
TERRANCE DICKS

Mysterious humans from 22nd-century Earth ‘time-jump’ back into the 20th century so as to assassinate a highranking diplomat on whom the peace of the world depends.

The Doctor, Jo Grant and the Brigadier are soon called in to investigate. Jo is accidentally transported forward to the 22nd century; the Doctor follows, eventually to be captured by his oldest and deadliest enemy – the DALEKS!

Having submitted the Doctor to the fearful Mind Analysis Machine, the DALEKS plan a ‘time-jump’ attack on Earth in the 20th century!…

Originally Published April 1974

DOCTOR WHO AND THE THREE DOCTORS
TERRANCE DICKS

Jo glanced up at the Doctor. ‘Things must be pretty serious then.’ ‘They are, Jo. Very serious indeed.

The whole of the Universe is in danger!

The most amazing DOCTOR WHO adventure, in which Doctors One, Two and Three cross time and space and come together to fight a ruthlessly dangerous enemy – OMEGA.

Once a Time Lord himself, now exiled to a black hole in space, Omega is seeking a bitter and deadly revenge against the whole Universe…

Originally Published 20 November 1975

Doctor Who and the Loch Ness Monster
Terrance Dicks

Why is The Doctor suddenly summoned to the shores of Loch Ness? Terror and panic spread as the third oil rig is smashed into the sea by a mysterious force… the monster?

The controlling power must be the ZYGONS—alien creatures who have lived hidden on Earth for thousands of years, and now feel strong enough to take over the planet…

The Doctor, Sarah and UNIT have different ideas—but can they outwit the supreme cunning of the ruthless ZYGONS?

Originally Published 15 January 1976

Doctor Who and the Tenth Planet
Gerry Davis

The Sergeant blinked again. Three lights were moving towards him through the murk of the blizzard. Even as he looked, the lights changed into three tall, straight figures, clad in silver-armoured suits, advancing across the ice with a slow, deliberate step.

Horror-struck, the Sergeant reached for his gun, and a stream of bullets sprayed across the marching figures.

BUT THEY CONTINUED MARCHING… The CYBERMEN have arrived. The first invasion of Earth by this invincible, fearless race— and the last thrilling adventure of the first Doctor.

Originally Published 19 February 1976

DOCTOR WHO AND THE ARK IN SPACE
IAN MARTER

At a time in the far-off future, Earth has become uninhabitable.

A selection of Humanity is placed, deepfrozen, in a fully automated space station, to await the day
of their return to Earth…

Thousands of years later, The Doctor arrives.

He finds things going suspiciously wrong, and the station under attack from the giant WIRRN, deadly creatures who, in their lust for power, now threaten the future of the whole Human Race…

Originally Published 10 May 1977

DOCTOR WHO AND THE ICE WARRIORS
BRIAN HAYLES

The world is held in the grip of a second Ice Age, and faces total destruction from the rapidly advancing glaciers.

The Doctor, with Victoria and Jamie, lands at a top scientific base in England, where they have just unearthed an ancient ICE WARRIOR.

Aliens from Mars, preserved in the ice for centuries and now revitalised, the Ice Warriors feel ready to take over…

Can the Doctor overcome these warlike Martians and halt the relentless approach of the ice glaciers…?

Originally Published 18 March 1976
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« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2012, 02:28:39 pm »

Why change the name of the Zygon story? If you hadn't read the synopsis you'd think it was something else entirely
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« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2012, 06:47:30 pm »

Why change the name of the Zygon story? If you hadn't read the synopsis you'd think it was something else entirely

This was one of the idiosyncrasies of the early Target releases - they changed the name on a few of the adventures (Doctor Who and the Silurians became Doctor Who and the Cave Monsters, Spearhead from Space became The Auton Invasion). As far as I can see there was no rhyme nor reason to it, and it was only limited to the early releases. One of the possible reasons was to try and create a separate market "niche" for the books, trying to make them distinctive from the TV release.

I've got to say, these are some brilliant stories. In particular, if you've not read The Tenth Planet, then I would strongly recommend it. The novelisation really makes the first regeneration come alive (and clears up some of the plot holes as well).
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« Reply #7 on: January 01, 2012, 06:56:05 pm »

There was talk a while back when the rereleases were first announced of putting the titles back to match the TV stories, but I guess that idea got quashed.
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« Reply #8 on: January 01, 2012, 07:00:24 pm »

There was talk a while back when the rereleases were first announced of putting the titles back to match the TV stories, but I guess that idea got quashed.

Interestingly enough when the novelisation of The Silurians was re-released in 1992, the publishers did just that. It has reverted to the original "Cave Monsters" title for the audiobook
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« Reply #9 on: January 01, 2012, 07:04:30 pm »

Nothing like a bit of inconsistency in Doctor Who Tongue
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« Reply #10 on: January 01, 2012, 07:06:53 pm »

Nothing like a bit of inconsistency in Doctor Who Tongue

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« Reply #11 on: January 01, 2012, 11:11:14 pm »

Story titles aside, it's a good selection of books for the release.
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« Reply #12 on: January 02, 2012, 04:24:03 pm »

Story titles aside, it's a good selection of books for the release.

I'd have to agree. Admittedly I have only read one of them, but if they are anywhere near as good as the on screen stories they will be well worth the money.
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« Reply #13 on: January 02, 2012, 05:25:33 pm »

I keep looking at this books in the shops - the covers are amazing. I will give in & get them soon I'm sure.
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« Reply #14 on: January 02, 2012, 06:07:56 pm »

I'd imagine they will go up in price near the release of the new batch, like they do with the audios, so you might be best off getting them sooner rather than later Smiley
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« Reply #15 on: March 20, 2012, 07:12:32 pm »

Story titles aside, it's a good selection of books for the release.

According to the article I snagged these pics from the latest six releases were chosen by fans via the FB page.






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« Reply #16 on: August 09, 2013, 04:25:05 pm »

So I snagged a couple of these in e-book form - I was going to get proper books, but when I went to get DW & the Daleks the book was badly damaged & I was at a point where I had just watched the serial & really want to read it, so I went down the alternate route.

The second one I got was DW & the Crusaders. I was happily reading it when they mentioned Susan leaving to be with David Cameron - not sure why the name change from the episode, but with hindsight it's a little unfortunate. Poor Susan!
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