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Doctor Who and the Day of the Daleks
Series: Doctor Who-
Target Novelisation
Release Number: 18 (given to later editions) (Target)
1 (Pinnacle)
Doctor: Third Doctor
Companions: Jo Grant, the Brigadier, Sergeant Benton, Captain Mike Yates, UNIT
Enemy: Daleks, Ogrons
Setting: 22nd century
Author: Terrance Dicks
Publisher: Target Books, W.H. Allen & Co (UK)
Pinnacle Books (US)
Publication: April 1974 (paperback)
August 1981 (hardcover)
Format: Hardcover and paperback editions, 140 Pages
ISBN: ISBN 0-426-10380-7
Previous Story: Doctor Who and the Dæmons
Following Story: Doctor Who and the Curse of Peladon



  • This novelisation is based on the original television serial DW: Day of the Daleks which was shown from 1st January 1972 and written by Louis Marks
  • The cover and information shown on the right is for the original Target novel and featured the artwork of Chris Achilleos. (See below for information on other UK and international editions which published with a different cover).
  • In 1979, this book was chosen to be the inaugural release of the first (and to date only) American-published series of Doctor Who novels, by Pinnacle Books. Over the next few years 10 novelisations would be republished in the US, each with an introduction by Harlan Ellison.
  • A hardcover edition wasn't published until 1981.

Publisher's Cover Blurb


1974 edition

Mysterious humans from 22nd-century Earth `time-jump’ back into the 20th century so as to assassinate a high-ranking diplomat on whom the peace of the world depends. DOCTOR WHO, Jo Grant and the Brigadier are soon called in to investigate. Jo is accidentally transported forward to the 22nd century; the Doctor follows, eventually to be captured by his oldest and deadliest enemy – the DALEKS! Having submitted the Doctor to the fearful Mind Analysis Machine, the DALEKS plan a `time-jump’ attack on Earth in the 20th century! ...

Deviations from the Televised Story

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Author, Writing and Publishing Notes

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Associated Images

Publishing History (UK)

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First Publication:

  • Hardback
W.H. Allen & Co. Ltd. UK
  • Paperback
Target Block Logo / Orange lettering for title


60p (UK) Diamond-based Logo / brown lettering for title
1982 Target Books with a new cover by Andrew Skilleter priced (UK)
1991 Virgin Publishing with a new cover by Alister Pearson priced (UK)


Didn't anyone notice the backwards Daleks?

International Editions

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External Sources

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