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Unlucky Number Seven

Poor Sylvester McCoy; his Doctor just can’t seem to catch a break.

He may have played the Doctor longer than any other actor (1987 to 1996), but that didn’t stop TV quiz question setters trying to give that honour to David Tennant’s Doctor (2005-2010).

And it doesn’t stop there for the poor Seventh Doctor.

Initial excitement was dampened last year when it was revealed that the New Adventures listed for reprint this year were in fact an error and wouldn’t be getting a release this year. But still, he must have been hopeful that the Eighth Doctor adventures that were getting released would mean an eventual release for his books.

A chance that slipped away this week when the DWRS noted that the details for the paper copies for the reprints had been removed from retail websites, leaving only the Kindle versions.

Still at least his collection of comic strips from Doctor Who Magazine have been reprinted. Volume 1, A Cold Day in Hell, has been released with Volume 2 to be released any day now.

Except it isn’t. Volume 1 was released back in 2009 and following the cancellation/delay of The Crimson Hand the future of Volume 2 has been left in serious doubt.

But it’s not all doom and gloom. The Seventh Doctor’s Series 25/26 outfit was chosen to be to used in collection of Forbidden Planet exclusive shirts along with Doctors three to six as well as 10. Shirts should have been delivered in early July.

No, wait it’s the end of August now.

Still, that’s only next month. Not long to wait and it’s not as if Seventh Doctor merchandise  has a history of being delay or cancelled now is it……?

But we shouldn’t complain, we should take solace in the fact that the DVD release of Paradise Towers went through fine.

Paradise Towers.

Oh well. Many questions about release dates surround the 7th Doctor is his tie in material, but one stands out more than any other:

When am I getting my bloody T-shirt?

(Calm down Alasdair – we’ve heard from the publishers and the paper reprints of the classic Doctor Who books are still going ahead! – Ed)


Alasdair Shaw dabbled in Who throughout the 80s, but didn’t really get into it properly until 1989. His sense of timing has not improved over the years. He’s a third generation Who fan as well as a father of three. When not working as a lab technician or writing for Kasterborous Alasdair runs the Doctor Who Reprint Society for which he writes In Print and Dangling Threads. He’s a big fan of the Valeyard, but that’s neither here nor there. He has never worked for UNIT and is not related to Dr Liz Shaw.

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