|Edition: ||UK (hardback)|
|Released: ||26 August 2021 |
|Publisher: ||BBC Books|
"I THINK IF YOU CAN GET A KID READING FOR PLEASURE, NOT BECAUSE IT’S WORK, BUT ACTUALLY READING FOR PLEASURE, IT’S A GREAT STEP FORWARD. IT CAN START WITH ME, YOU KNOW, START WITH DICKS AND WORK ITS WAY UP TO DICKENS — AS LONG AS YOU GET THEM READING."
A CELEBRATION OF A CONSUMMATE STORYTELLER, COLLECTING FIVE OF TERRANCE DICKS’S BEST NOVELS, AS CHOSEN BY FANS.
For over 50 years, Terrance Dicks was the secret beating heart(s) of Doctor Who — from joining production of The Invasion in 1968 to his final short story in 2019. As the undisputed master of Doctor Who fiction, Terrance wrote 64 Target novels from his first commission in 1973 to his last, published in 1990. He helped introduce an entire generation to the pleasures of reading and writing, and his fans include Neil Gaiman, Sarah Waters, Mark Gatiss, Alastair Reynolds, Russell T Davies, Steven Moffat, Frank-Cottrell [sic] Boyce and Robert Webb.
This special two-volume collection, published on the anniversary of Terrance’s death, features the very best of his Doctor Who novels as chosen by fans. This second book contains two novelisations by Terrance of his own scripts, including the 20th anniversary celebration story The Five Doctors, voted all-time favourite Target novel by the fans.
WITH A FOREWORD BY ROBERT WEBB, THE ESSENTIAL TERRANCE DICKS IS A MASTERCLASS IN CONTEMPORARY FICTION, BY A WRITER OF UNLIMITED IMAGINATION.
Terrance Dicks became Script Editor of Doctor Who in 1968, co-writing Patrick Troughton’s classic final serial, The War Games, and editing the show throughout the entire Jon Pertwee era to 1974. He wrote many iconic episodes and serials for the show after, including Tom Baker’s first episode as the Fourth Doctor, Robot; Horror at [sic] Fang Rock in 1977; State of Decay in 1980; and the 20th anniversary special, The Five Doctors in 1983. Terrance novelised over sixty of the original Doctor Who stories for Target books, including classics like Doctor Who and the Abominable Snowmen and Doctor Who and the Auton Invasion, inspiring a generation of children to become readers and writers. He died in August 2019, only weeks before the publication of his final Doctor Who short story, ‘Save Yourself’, in The Target Storybook.