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Post by tony ingram on Mon Apr 05, 2010 5:49 pm

Just thought this might be an idea: a thread to showcase your favourite Who book covers and say why they are favourites. I'll start with some of the early ones, which for some reason I prefer to the later, arguably better executed ones...






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Re: Favourite Doctor Who Book Covers

Post by tony ingram on Mon Apr 05, 2010 5:52 pm

These seem to me to be very clearly defined and eyecatching-particularly the ones in which the Doctor's face isn't coloured in, for some reason. No idea why...






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Post by tony ingram on Mon Apr 05, 2010 5:54 pm

And finally, a couple from slightly later in the run (late 70s/early 80s; the previous ones were mostly early-mid 70s, I believe) just as a contrast. I do actually like these two, I think they're very moody...


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Re: Favourite Doctor Who Book Covers

Post by Hourglass on Mon Apr 05, 2010 6:34 pm

This is my favorite one for obvious reasons Very Happy

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Post by Hourglass on Mon Apr 05, 2010 6:36 pm

The Japanese cover of the Daleks is also interesting


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Post by tony ingram on Mon Apr 05, 2010 6:37 pm

Hourglass wrote:This is my favorite one for obvious reasons Very Happy
Oh, my God-that's brilliant!! Where is that from? Japan? I didn't even know they had Doctor Who! Very Happy

Love the red phone box...

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Post by tony ingram on Mon Apr 05, 2010 6:38 pm

Hourglass wrote:The Japanese cover of the Daleks is also interesting

er...what is that? And where are its arms? Shocked

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Re: Favourite Doctor Who Book Covers

Post by Hourglass on Mon Apr 05, 2010 6:39 pm


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Post by Hourglass on Mon Apr 05, 2010 6:40 pm

tony ingram wrote:
Hourglass wrote:The Japanese cover of the Daleks is also interesting

er...what is that? And where are its arms? Shocked

Sorry that wasnt the daleks thats spearhead from space

Great website covering all the Japanese Dr Who Books (and Dr who in japanese culture) can be found here
http://users.rcn.com/detroyes/teotp/japandw.html

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Post by tony ingram on Mon Apr 05, 2010 6:42 pm

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OK, I'm guessing...the Cave Monsters? And I'd guess the first one you posted actually was The Daleks?

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Re: Favourite Doctor Who Book Covers

Post by Hourglass on Mon Apr 05, 2010 6:44 pm

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OK, I'm guessing...the Cave Monsters? And I'd guess the first one you posted actually was The Daleks?

I think it's the daleks but some of the Kanji is new to me.

The one in your quote is Senritsu! Chitei Monsutaa", Literally: Shuddering! which is actually The Underground Monster

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Post by Hourglass on Mon Apr 05, 2010 6:46 pm

This site is awesome, they even have Japanese VHS covers


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Re: Favourite Doctor Who Book Covers

Post by felneymike on Mon Apr 05, 2010 8:01 pm

And to think my girlfriend hadn't even heard of Doctor Who, and thought it was crazy when i explained it to her. Mind you it wasn't as bad as Life on Mars: "Er, it's a cop show except the main character is from modern times but goes back in time after he gets run over by a car".

I did send her the DVD of the first 3 episodes from 2005 when she asked me for "some stuff to learn British English from". I'll have to send some more some time, maybe Genesis of the Daleks!

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Post by tony ingram on Mon Apr 05, 2010 9:01 pm

felneymike wrote:And to think my girlfriend hadn't even heard of Doctor Who, and thought it was crazy when i explained it to her. Mind you it wasn't as bad as Life on Mars: "Er, it's a cop show except the main character is from modern times but goes back in time after he gets run over by a car".

I did send her the DVD of the first 3 episodes from 2005 when she asked me for "some stuff to learn British English from". I'll have to send some more some time, maybe Genesis of the Daleks!
Where is she, Mike?

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Post by felneymike on Wed Apr 07, 2010 6:49 pm

In Japan... XD. The only thing she had to learn English from before seemed to be endlessley watching Saw.

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Post by tony ingram on Wed Apr 07, 2010 6:55 pm

felneymike wrote:In Japan... XD. The only thing she had to learn English from before seemed to be endlessley watching Saw.
Hmm. I recommend sending her a compilation of Mr Cholmondley-Warner and Mr Grayson's handy guides to British behaviour. That'll soon sort the old girl out, what?

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Post by tony ingram on Thu Apr 08, 2010 12:41 pm

Pinnacle US edition of The Masque of Mandragora, featuring what I think is a really great version of the logo...


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Re: Favourite Doctor Who Book Covers

Post by Lucy McGough on Fri Apr 09, 2010 10:14 am

I like the first ones you posted. They made me feel all nostalgic, even though I probably wasn't born then.

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Post by tony ingram on Fri Apr 09, 2010 10:28 am

Lucy McGough wrote:I like the first ones you posted. They made me feel all nostalgic, even though I probably wasn't born then.
Most of the Target books were published in the seventies and eighties (though the first three were reprints of books originally published in 1964/5). The range effectively ended in 1991, though the two Troughton Dalek stories were eventually released a couple of years later.

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Re: Favourite Doctor Who Book Covers

Post by Hourglass on Fri Apr 09, 2010 11:41 am

why is the Dalek invasion cover showing stuff from the movie and not the TV version.

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Post by tony ingram on Fri Apr 09, 2010 11:49 am

Hourglass wrote:why is the Dalek invasion cover showing stuff from the movie and not the TV version.
I don't think it is-the Robomen never wore gas masks in the movie, anymore than they did in the TV series. I think the artist was just trying to create a dynamic cover representative of the story rather than drawn from life, as it were. He probably had no photographic reference material.

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Post by Hourglass on Fri Apr 09, 2010 4:00 pm

tony ingram wrote:
Hourglass wrote:why is the Dalek invasion cover showing stuff from the movie and not the TV version.
I don't think it is-the Robomen never wore gas masks in the movie, anymore than they did in the TV series. I think the artist was just trying to create a dynamic cover representative of the story rather than drawn from life, as it were. He probably had no photographic reference material.

THe ship is clearly from the movie

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Post by tony ingram on Fri Apr 09, 2010 4:02 pm

Hourglass wrote:
tony ingram wrote:
Hourglass wrote:why is the Dalek invasion cover showing stuff from the movie and not the TV version.
I don't think it is-the Robomen never wore gas masks in the movie, anymore than they did in the TV series. I think the artist was just trying to create a dynamic cover representative of the story rather than drawn from life, as it were. He probably had no photographic reference material.

THe ship is clearly from the movie
Then maybe that's all he had to go on. It's rather more impressive than the 'authentic' version, in any case...

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Re: Favourite Doctor Who Book Covers

Post by Hourglass on Fri Apr 09, 2010 8:18 pm

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Is harry Sullivans war any good. I keep hearing various views regarding it.

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Post by felneymike on Fri Apr 09, 2010 8:31 pm

Looks like a spy story from the cover, reminds me of the 1992 Victor / Hotspur annual (can't remember which, one of them seemed to be a kind of experiment to run only 4 stories in the whole annual, as 'serials' and one of those was about a redskin mercenary hunting down some guy)

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Post by tony ingram on Fri Apr 09, 2010 8:41 pm

felneymike wrote:Looks like a spy story from the cover, reminds me of the 1992 Victor / Hotspur annual (can't remember which, one of them seemed to be a kind of experiment to run only 4 stories in the whole annual, as 'serials' and one of those was about a redskin mercenary hunting down some guy)
It was a spy story, and a rather convoluted one at that. Basically, Marter wrote Harry as a kind of cross between James Bond and Jim Bergerac, but it worked quite well I thought.

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Post by THEDRUNKENMASTERTWO on Fri Apr 09, 2010 11:53 pm

yeah Harry Sullivans Wars a good read, favorite covers, love all the pinicale book covers.

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Post by tony ingram on Sat Apr 10, 2010 9:10 am

THEDRUNKENMASTERTWO wrote:yeah Harry Sullivans Wars a good read
Definitely better than Turlough & the Earthlink Dilemma, which was just strange...

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