Doctor Who revival episodes being adapted into book form

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Feb 27, 2018

Some of Doctor Who's classic episodes are getting a new lease on life -- or should we say a retro lease?

Thanks to BBC Books, four landmark Who episodes from the series' relaunch in 2005, as well as one of the classics, are going to be resurrected in novelization form. We already knew such a revival was in the works, but now we've got a peek at a few of the covers of the episode-based books, as you can see in the gallery below.

Two books -- Rose and The Day of the Doctor -- will be adapted by the writers of the original episode scripts, Russell T Davies and Steven Moffat. "Rose" was the first episode of the relaunched series, and featured the first appearance of Christopher Eccleston's Ninth Doctor as well as Billie Piper's Rose Tyler. "The Day of the Doctor" is also a particularly noteworthy episode; it was the 50th-anniversary special and revolved around the first multi-Doctor narrative of the post-2005 era.

Two other books -- The Christmas Invasion and Twice Upon a Time, which will be written by Jenny T. Colgan and Paul Cornell -- are actually two of the series' Christmas specials. "The Christmas Invasion" was also David Tennant's first episode as the Tenth Doctor, while "Twice Upon a Time" was the last appearance of Peter Capaldi's Twelfth Doctor.

Writer James Goss' adaptation ofThe City of Death -- based on the 1979 episode starring Tom Baker's Fourth Doctor and Romana II, which was originally co-scripted by sci-fi author (and then-Who script editor) Douglas Adams -- is the fifth book that will be republished with this new collection.

Former company Target Books, which was originally behind publishing the more classic Who novelizations between 1973 and 1991, became known for printing all kinds of books revolving around the series. Even after shifting publishing companies and several different imprints over the years, the Target Doctor Who books continued to have the same recognizable branding. In 2011, BBC Books reissued several of the original Target Who novelizations, and it looks like their new Target Collection will embrace the aesthetic fans are already familiar with.

All of the new Doctor Who Target novelizations will be available April 5, but you can pre-order them right now. Check out three of the covers in the gallery below (via Doctor Who BBC Books)!