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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2009 12:06 pm    Post subject: Documentary on Target novelisations Reply with quote

According to Digital Spy:

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Tuesday 23rd June - BBC Radio 4 - 11.30am-12.00pm

Mark Gatiss, Doctor Who writer and fanatic, presents a feature exploring the hugely popular Doctor Who novelisations of the 1970s and 80s published by Target books.

In an age before DVD and video, the Target book series of Doctor Who fiction was conceived as the chance for children to 'keep' and revisit classic Doctor Who. They were marketed as such, written in a highly visual house style.

Descriptive passages did the work of the TV camera; the scripts were more or less faithfully reproduced as dialogue. They were as close to the experience of watching as possible and were adored by a generation of children who grew up transfixed by the classic BBC series.

Target Doctor Who books became a children's publishing phenomenon selling more than 13 million copies worldwide. From 1973 until 1994, the Target Doctor Who paperbacks were a mainstay of the publishing world.

From humble beginnings they grew into a list running to 156 titles, shaping the reading habits of a generation.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2009 12:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds excellent! Thanks for the heads-up
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2009 12:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

_Liam_ wrote:
Sounds excellent! Thanks for the heads-up

Laughing Sorry Liam, I'm watching Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, indeed this does sound most excellent!
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2009 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank goodness I'll be at work. I like the idea of listening to it, but it's bound to be contaminated with New Who references.

Mark Gatiss is the man to do it though, his preface to Last of the Gaderene reveals that one of his favourite Targets was Planet of the Daleks, an opinion with which I heartily concur. It almost made up for his dressing up as Elgin and acting the cunt in Pitch of Death.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 10:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks indeed for heads up. Date for the diary.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mike wrote:
_Liam_ wrote:
Sounds excellent! Thanks for the heads-up

Laughing Sorry Liam, I'm watching Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, indeed this does sound most excellent!


It's bodacious, even.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 11:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I listen do it. Thanks for the heads up.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 11:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just listened to this on Radio 4.

A nice little nugget of nostalgia. Mark Gattis's wonderfully evocative descriptions of reading Target novelisations in the 70s brought back similar memories for me.

Most interesting though, was his description of the Doctor's character: like a tennant-farmer who comes down to chip in and then returns to the big house, someone "other", and someone whose thoughts are inscrutable. Rice T Dawkins bizarrely agreed with this, showing either mendacity or totally lack of understand of the way in which he has presented his two Doctors.

I liked Gattis's description of Eccleston's Doctor as "blokish."

All in all, a nice way to spend an early lunch.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 6:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

B3 wrote:


Most interesting though, was his description of the Doctor's character: like a tennant-farmer who comes down to chip in and then returns to the big house, someone "other", and someone whose thoughts are inscrutable.


A Freudian slip? Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 10:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Vector-Victor wrote:
B3 wrote:


Most interesting though, was his description of the Doctor's character: like a tennant-farmer who comes down to chip in and then returns to the big house, someone "other", and someone whose thoughts are inscrutable.


A Freudian slip? Wink


He acknowledged the pun.
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