It seems we have a bit of a problem.
I made the decision, somewhere in my coverage of the second season, that I would only review episodes that had been officially released. Thus far, this hasn’t been a problem. In fact, the release of The Ark was extremely well-timed. The same cannot be said for The Gunfighters. So, I am stuck for a bit. Yes, I know that the wonders of the internet can bring me said story quickly and even without downloads, but I would prefer to not go this route due to personal convictions. I wish to support 2Entertain and what they are doing, and to acquire these episodes via alternate means would make it that much more tempting to skip the eventual release of The Gunfighters. The good news is that The Gunfighters is probably going to be released this year, but the exact date has not (as of this writing) been determined. Unfortunately, it does rather kill my momentum.
Does this mean I am abandoning the blog until the DVD is released? By no means! It may be updated less-frequently, however. My backup plan is to start on the Target novelizations. I have always wanted to read through them. I also want to read through them before starting the New Adventures. Here are the self-imposed rules for the Target books. First, I will read them in as close to release order as possible. I realize that they were released out of story order, but that won’t initially be much of a problem. Second, I will not read any book that is based on an episode I haven’t reviewed. There’s no particular reason for this other than my desire to experience the show first, then see the print interpretation. This means I could hit another impasse after The Crusaders, but I’m hoping that The Gunfighters will be released (or at least scheduled) by then. If not, then I’ll figure out a plan C.
The good news, and this is more personal than anything, is that this not only frees me up to work on a couple of non-Who projects, but it also allows me to save up money for when we eventually get back on track because DVDs are not cheap, especially Doctor Who DVDs.
Addendum: Looks like The Gunfighters is coming out in July! Thanks, 2Entertain, for looking out for me.