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What could THE INVASION OF TIME possibly have in common with MIGHTY MORPHIN’ POWER RANGERS? And why are bathrooms so inherently funny? These questions – as well as the usual ones about what’s the difference between a Gallifreyan and a Time Lord, or the difference between an Outside and a Larper – are all answered as Tony Whitt, Alyson Fitch-Safreed…
 
Why is UNDERWORLD (or, as Target calls it, THE UNDERWORLD) so reviled? And why is the book not much better, to be honest? Join Tony Whitt and guest panelists J.G. McQuarrie of the TALKING WHO TO YOU podcast and Jenny Ingersoll as we discuss how even on the printed page, UNDERWORLD just about works, but only if you squint really hard.If you like wha…
 
How do you celebrate the landmark episode of a podcast you’ve been doing for years now that talks about Target books? Talk about something entirely different! This time, our three-person discussion panel of Tony Whitt, Alyson Fitch-Safreed, and Dalton Hughes is joined by friend of the podcast Larry VanMersbergen for a special bumper volume (hey, th…
 
The Company mistreats its workers, taxes their earnings to nothingness, and works them until they die. But enough about Amazon – let’s talk about Terrance Dicks’ novelization of THE SUNMAKERS instead! Come join our three-person discussion panel of Tony Whitt, Dalton Hughes, and special guest Jenny Ingersoll as we examine this story from the 1970s t…
 
How do you become the head of a coven, anyway? Can anyone do it, or do you need a certificate? And just exactly what is the best way to make a fruitcake – and why would anyone want to do such a vile thing in the first place? Come join our three-person discussion panel of Tony Whitt, Alyson Fitch-Safreed, and Dalton Hughes as we ask these and other …
 
“The Age of the Virus has begun” – get out the hypodermics and the bleach! It’s 2021, when vaccination rates are up (in some places), while in others Contact has definitely been Made. Come join our three-person discussion panel of Tony Whitt, Alyson Fitch-Safreed, and Dalton Hughes as we say far, FAR less about the pandemic than this stupid descrip…
 
Why exactly IS the Doctor wearing that bowler hat, anyway? And what’s his obsession with always putting Leela in petticoats? These are two questions that will NOT be answered, as our panelists Tony Whitt, Dalton Hughes, and Alyson Fitch-Safreed Terrance Dicks’ novelization of THE HORROR OF FANG ROCK (and how much we all wish Vince had survived, of …
 
Is it time to “cancel” Weng-Chiang? Or can we continue to enjoy a well-written story featuring Chinese stereotypes, yellowface makeup, and poorly realized giant rats? Come join our panelists Tony Whitt, Dalton Hughes, and Alyson Fitch-Safreed as we talk about this and other pugilistic peregrinations pertaining to Terrance Dicks’ novelization of THE…
 
NOTE: This version has been edited to correct for a factual error spoken during the original recording.What is the Wilhelm Scream, and why doesn’t Taren Capel use it in his bizarre machinations with machine men? Come join our panelists Tony Whitt, Dalton Hughes, and Alyson Fitch-Safreed as we ask this and other stimulating questions about Terrance …
 
What does this story have to do with the New Age musician Yanni, or the Arab-Israeli conflict? For that matter, does it have anything to do with either of those two things? Come join our panelists Tony Whitt, Dalton Hughes, and Alyson Fitch-Safreed as we look at Terrance Dicks’ novelization of THE FACE OF EVIL to find out!(An earlier version of thi…
 
When is a Time Lord not a Time Lord? Why is that people who can’t regenerate do and people who can regenerate don’t? And why does the Master look like he had a bad chemical peel? Come join our panelists Tony Whitt, Dalton Hughes, and Alyson Fitch-Safreed as we look at Terrance Dicks’ novelization of THE DEADLY ASSASSIN, also known as “Everything Yo…
 
Elisabeth Sladen requested that her last story as Sarah Jane Smith be nothing special, and boy, did was she not disappointed. Come join our panelists Tony Whitt, Dalton Hughes, Alyson Fitch-Safreed, and special guest Jennifer Picker, as we look at Terrance Dicks’ attempt to novelize the only script for a companion’s departure written on the back of…
 
A good novelization trims the fat. An anorexic novelization trims off bits that you actually need to survive. Guess which one Philip Hinchcliffe’s novelization of THE MASQUE OF MANDRAGORA is? Come join our panelists Tony Whitt, Dalton Hughes, and special guest Erik Gulbrandsen of the VIDEO JUNKYARD PODCAST and the POLICE BOX IN A JUNKYARD PODCAST, …
 
Ever planted the seed of a very robust kind of plant, only to have it not only NOT grow but wither miserably? Ever find a flower that looked good but smelled horrible? Then you may have some idea what it’s like to read Philip Hinchcliffe’s novelization of THE SEEDS OF DOOM. Come join our panelists Tony Whitt, Dalton Hughes, Jenny Ingersoll, and spe…
 
We completely lose our heads over the novelization of THE BRAIN OF MORBIUS by Terrance Dicks – get it, lose our…oh, forget it. Suffice it to say, though, who would’ve thought such a good novelization could be done by the very man whose script was essentially butchered and then sewn up together again by Robert Holmes? (See, there’s another one. You’…
 
EPISODE 87: SCRATCHMANHow exactly does a novelization of a story that was never actually made fit into our humble little project? Come join our three-person discussion panel, including host Tony Whitt, Alyson Fitch-Safreed, and Dalton Hughes, as we discuss why it’s called TECHNICALLY TARGET and how Tom Baker’s book of SCRATCHMAN is simply to good t…
 
Exactly what ARE those three race car drivers doing out in the middle of the woods together? Why do androids need to be “trained” to do something? And is Sarah so attached to that jacket that it’s part of her self-image? These questions, and more, are addressed by our four-person discussion panel, including host Tony Whitt, Alyson Fitch-Safreed, Da…
 
Long Live Ernie! That seems to be the consensus of our panelists this time (Tony Whitt, Alyson Fitch-Safreed, Dalton Hughes, and Jenny Ingersoll) as we discuss Terrance Dicks’ novelization of the classic Tom Baker story THE PYRAMIDS OF MARS – and if you have to ask who “Ernie” is, you need to go read it to find out! And yes, we will also be talking…
 
Got a bit of cash lying around and want to get that DOCTOR WHO fan in your life a holiday gift that says, “Just so you know, you’re on the Naughty list”? Why not find a tatty copy of the DOCTOR WHO ANNUAL 1976, then send them the link to our three-person discussion of three stories in that annual? It’s the perfect gift for the fan whose time you wa…
 
While “Not a complete piece of trash” may not be the most glowing review we’ve ever given on this show, it’s just one of the many opinions heard in our discussion of Terrance Dicks’ novelization of PLANET OF EVIL. (Trust me, it’s not as negative as that makes it sound.) Who could possibly have said such a thing? Could it be our host Tony Whitt? Cou…
 
What exactly does Victor Pemberton have against the smell of fish, anyway…? Come join our three-person discussion (including Tony Whitt, Alyson Fitch-Safreed, and Dalton Hughes) to find out, as we discuss Pemberton’s novelization of the very first “audio drama” (quotation marks intended), the long-playing record album THE PESCATONS.If you like what…
 
Good news, everyone! The Monster has finally been defeated, he's going back home, and he's not going to destroy us after all! (I’m talking about the Loch Ness Monster – who were YOU thinking about? Though that other one does spend a lot of time in Scotland and is essentially a stop-motion puppet, too…) Come choke on your haggis as you listen to our…
 
Where does one go on Craigslist to get a job as a double-agent for the Cybermen and the Vogans, especially in this economy? And would Goldfinger be a villain not just for James Bond but for the Cybermen as well? Come join our sausage fest of a three-person discussion panel (Tony Whitt, Dalton Hughes, and Trey Korte) as we address these and other st…
 
How exactly do Daleks work, anyway? And how do two enemy nations carry on a thousand year war when they live literally a few minutes’ walk away from each other? Come join our four-person discussion panel (Tony Whitt, Alyson Fitch-Safreed, Dalton Hughes, and Trey Korte) as we address these and other burning questions you were too bored to ask about …
 
What possible connection could there be between Ian Marter’s novelization of THE SONTARAN EXPERIMENT and the movie MEAN GIRLS? Come join our three-person discussion panel (Tony Whitt, Dalton Hughes, and Trey Korte) as we talk about how Sarah Jane is the most durable companion on the printed page, and why Sontarans are absolutely disgusting.If you l…
 
Just how many times can four people say the word “visceral” in an hour and a half? And why do portable hard drives suck so much? Come join our discussion panel (Tony Whitt, Alyson Fitch-Safreed, Dalton Hughes, and guest Trey Korte) to find out the answers to those questions, as well as why Ian Marter is possibly one of the best writers in the Targe…
 
How does the Fourth Doctor translate to the page? And what’s the most scandalous thing Tom Baker said about his time in the monastery? (If we left that at “the most scandalous thing” period, we’d be here for days…) Come join our GIANT discussion panel (Tony Whitt, Alyson Fitch-Safreed, Dalton Hughes, and guest Trey Korte) as we talk about Dicks ada…
 
What do this story and CHARLOTTE’S WEB have in common? That’s right, they both end with the death of a major character! (What did you think we would say?) Come join Tony Whitt, Alyson Fitch-Safreed, Dalton Hughes, and guest Trey Korte, to discuss how a whole generation of schoolkids came to believe that spiders die after laying an egg sac. It’s mor…
 
We tried, dammit, we really tried, but we couldn’t find much to say about Terrance Dicks’ novelization of THE MONSTER OF PELADON – and yet we talked about it for about an hour anyway! Come join us (Tony Whitt, Alyson Fitch-Safreed, and Dalton Hughes) to see how we managed to waste your time in brand new and less than exciting ways! (It’s actually a…
 
Can a DOCTOR WHO story still be a good one if it uses words like “tits,” “marmalade,” and “cowsh*t”? Are we all going to N-Space when we die – or are we doomed to go into E-Space? Do they have anything to do with each other at all? And who cares? These are a few of the many burning questions that Tony Whitt, Alyson Fitch-Safreed, and Dalton Hughes …
 
EPISODE 72: DEATH TO THE DALEKSAdd two cups of previous Dalek story tropes. Sprinkle in some seasoning from other non-Dalek stories. Liberally baste with sometimes ludicrously out of place incidental music. Throw it in the oven and don’t bother to time it or see how the mix turns out. That’s the recipe for Terry Nation’s DEATH TO THE DALEKS. Can Te…
 
EPISODE 71: THE DINOSAUR INVASIONWarning: Political Content Ahead! In other words, no different from our other episodes - except in addition to our usual gang of Tony Whitt, Alyson Fitch-Safreed, and Dalton Hughes, we are joined by Trey Korte to discuss one of the most overtly political novels in the Target range, Malcolm Hulke’s THE DINOSAUR INVAS…
 
Let’s get all sliggy hoo and drink ourselves blatt! Actually, let’s just get reasonably drunk and discuss Barry Letts’ adaptation of his own 1993 radio play THE PARADISE OF DEATH – and if you don’t feel like you’re in some sort of virtual reality by the end of this one, there’s no helping you. Our three-person panel of Tony Whitt, Alyson Fitch-Safr…
 
And then there was Sarah Jane Smith. And the Sontarans. And Gallifrey (or at least its name). And there’s even the Tom Baker logo before there was Tom Baker! Unfortunately, there was also Irongron, Bloodaxe, and a whole host of other Ren Fest rejects. Our three-person panel of Tony Whitt, Alyson Fitch-Safreed, and Dalton Hughes discuss Terrance Dic…
 
The environment is in peril, there’s a food crisis, and a megalomaniac emerges from a corporation to try to take over the world? The only difference between this story and the world of 2020 is we don’t have giant maggots – yet! But we do have our three-person panel of Tony Whitt, Alyson Fitch-Safreed, and Dalton Hughes to discuss Malcolm Hulke’s no…
 
…or, as so many have noted, PLANET WITH SOME DALEKS ON IT. Wish we could say that’s the only thing wrong with this story, but we really don’t like to lie. That, and it reminds us at times of viruses and bad leadership, two things we’re trying to escape these days. What’s not to hate? Turns out, there’s some good here, as our three-person panel of T…
 
What’s worse than a sitting President not listening to the truth about a pandemic? A sitting President not listening to the truth about an impending interstellar conflict. (That, and a whole lot of running around. I mean, SO much running around. ENDLESS running around.) All that, and tons of background hum, is what you’ll get from our discussion of…
 
A new year, a new way of recording the podcast…a new pandemic…But hey, you can’t have everything. What you CAN have is our discussion of Terrance Dicks’ novelization of CARNIVAL OF MONSTERS, brought to you by your friends on Skype, Tony Whitt, Alyson Fitch-Safreed, and Dalton Hughes!We also have a book discussion group of our very own on Goodreads!…
 
EPISODE 64a: CHRISTMAS SPECIAL 2019Just what it says on the tin. Includes an interview with Louise Jameson – and bloopers! You’re welcome!Although we are as of now going on a two month hiatus – we will be back in March 2020, never fear - if you’d like to hear more of this sort of quality content (with properly positioned microphones next time!), pl…
 
EPISODE 64: THE THREE DOCTORSIf the book is called DOCTOR WHO AND THE THREE DOCTORS, then in the immortal words of Fraser Hines, who is Doctor Who? Does a gel monster split in the woods? And why in the hell is Alyson so LOUD this episode? Tony Whitt, Alyson Fitch-Safreed, and Dalton Hughes try to answer only one of these three – can you guess which…
 
Just how many damn Atlantises WERE there, anyway? Should we attribute all that’s witty and good in this book to Dicks? And is Kronos truly beyond good and evil? Tony Whitt, Alyson Fitch-Safreed, and Dalton Hughes struggle with those questions and more, while still laughing at the naughty bits.If you’d like to hear more of this sort of quality conte…
 
In some alternate universe, Target Books paid for a separate novelization of the one episode story MISSION TO THE UNKNOWN. The resulting novel was more like a pamphlet, only 19 pages long, but it got reading audiences excited for the two volume novelization of the 12-episode story that was to follow. This is our mirror universe discussion of that o…
 
I should have known that any episode I would edit during Halloween week would be cursed, but boy howdy. If you can manage to listen to this discussion of Terrance Dicks’ novelization of THE MUTANTS, by our usual panel of Tony Whitt, Alyson Fitch-Safreed, and Dalton Hughes, and still enjoy it, then all we can do is paraphrase Sally Field and say, “Y…
 
Pizza, cocaine, sushi, and petty theft – one of these things doesn’t belong, right? And yet somehow they ALL come up, as Tony Whitt, Alyson Fitch-Safreed, and Dalton Hughes discuss Malcolm Hulke’s novelization of his own script for THE SEA-DEVILS (hyphen optional). If you’d like to hear more of this sort of quality content, please come visit our Pa…
 
Will Britain join the EEC? Will the Doctor manage to discover who is trying to keep the backwater “developing” planet of Peladon from joining the Galactic Federation? And does anyone f**king care? If you’re Tony Whitt, Alyson Fitch-Safreed, or Dalton Hughes on this week’s panel discussing Brian Hayles’ THE CURSE OF PELADON…well, you can figure it o…
 
Could one of the best Target novelizations of all time have been a Terrance Dicks book all along – and more surprisingly, could it have come from such a piece of crap episode? Join Tony Whitt, Alyson Fitch-Safreed, Dalton Hughes, and special guest Larry VanMersbergen as they discuss this amazing piece of writing. Then stay tuned for a special tribu…
 
Is science really magic? Is religion really science? And how much does the Third Doctor actually hate Jo Grant? Our panel (Tony Whitt, Alyson Fitch-Safreed, and Dalton Hughes, joined by special guest Jennifer Picker) address those questions and more, during our discussion of Barry Letts’ novelization of THE DAEMONS. (That’s “DEE-mons,” by the way –…
 
Dystopiana, robber barons, pet coke, and Tinder – what do they all have in common? Somehow this week, our panel (Tony Whitt, Alyson Fitch-Safreed, and Dalton Hughes, joined by special guest Jason A. Miller) manages to link them all together and more, during our discussion of Malcolm Hulke’s novelization of THE DOOMSDAY WEAPON. Consider it the perfe…
 
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