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Second paragraph of third entry (Doctor Who - The Edge of Destruction):
Issue 127 of Doctor Who Magazine (August 1987) reported the book was planned for the second half of 1988. It was brought forward when Doctor Who - Attack of the Cybermen was delayed. If it hadn't bee it probably wouldn't have had a hardback edition as W H Allen dropped these from July 1988.
This book's subtitle is A Comprehensive Guide to the Novelisations of Broadcast Doctor Who, and that's precisely what it is. It is only available as an interactive PDF where you can if you like (and I did) read through the entries in chronological order of publication rather than (as they are presented) in order of broadcast of the original story. For each novelisation, the gap in time between broad cast of the TV story and publication of the book is given (starting from -1 day, in the case of The Five Doctors) and the word count for all but the three most recent (shortest: Doctor Who - Planet of Giants, by Terrance Dicks; longest: Doctor Who - The Evil of the Daleks, by John Peel). There's then a listing of UK editions with images of the different covers, the blurb, the chapter titles, individual notes on each book including the fate of the original cover artwork where it is known, and then an account of foreign editions. It's full of odd little bits of trivia - why, for instance, did a Polish publisher decide in 1994 to translate Day of the Daleks, The Three Doctors, Revenge of the Cybermen and nothing else? I was also unaware that there are Australian novelisations of four Eleventh Doctor stories - The Eleventh Hour, Victory of the Daleks, The Time of Angels and The Lodger. Smith loses completist points, however, by including K9 and Company by Terence Dudley (as well as the Pescatons, the two Barry Letts Third Doctor audios and the Sixth Doctor missing stories) but omitting the Sarah Jane Adventures novelisations (which are actually not bad). Still, I mustn't complain; I don't have the time or energy to put this together and I am very glad that someone else does. You can download it for free.

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wwhyte
May. 31st, 2017 04:35 am (UTC)
Since I'm in Australia at the moment I went looking for those Matt Smith novelizations for you (though honesty compels me to admit you'd only have got The Eleventh Hour if they'd had two copies). No dice so far but I have three days to go. Fingers crossed! (I know they were published in 2012, so I don't have a lot of hope, but it's worth trying).

They do however have some very handsome copies of the BBC hardback reissues of The Daleks and The Crusaders, and two Choose Your Own Adventure style books -- interested?
nwhyte
May. 31st, 2017 06:48 am (UTC)
Thanks! Are those the Decide Your Destiny books? I have e-copies of them all and am planning to review them in July.

I think eBay may be the only way to get the Matt Sith novelisations - once things have calmed down after Worldcon...
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