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The Really Heavy Greatcoat (1987) - #19980810

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Cover Date: August 1988
Cover Price: Free

Issue Tagline: None.

Format: Black & White; Webcomic; 1 pages

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The Seventh Doctor is waiting for a bus. He displays impatience with his watch having stopped as he apparently wonders when the bus will arrive. Suddently, the TARDIS materializes and out pops John who silently faces the surprised Seventh Doctor. The Greatcoat instead speaks, begging the Doctor's apology, then claiming to be having a really weird dream. The Doctor reassures the Coat: "Don't worry, it happens to me all the time!"

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John Freeman has this to say about this particular strip:

"This strip pays homage to the Seventh Doctor: not a favourite for many, but I was editing Doctor Who Magazine at the time and both Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred gave their all to making the show the best they could in the face of limited budgets, I always felt."

As a matter of pure opinion, it also points out that, really, Greatcoat owes a lot, in terms of its concept, to Doctor Who. John is, in Doctor Who terms, the "companion" of the Greatcoat, who, as a witness to a fairly large slice of history, is a kind of time traveller. The fact that a greatcoat was chosen to be representative of time traveling was probably, in no small measure, to do with the fact that most Doctors have in fact worn similar garments.

For most Doctor Who fans, this strip would include a non-canonical appearance of the Seventh Doctor—but such is not necessarily the case. It's such a brief appearance, it could go either way, really.

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