Penguin Books' Doctor Who: 12 Doctors, 12 Stories Gift Edition box-set appears to have been delayed, On-Screen can exclusively reveal. Originally scheduled to be released today (October 30th), the special edition package comprises of twelve paperback books - each of which contains a short story written by a famed author of children's literature such as Patrick Ness and Holly Black - and a dozen exclusive postcards designed to highlight the aesthetic attire of the twelve incarnations of the science-fiction drama's eternal protagonist we've met over the course of its 51-year history.
The situation was brought to attention this morning when - in spite of both online retailers listing the Gift Edition's publication date as October 30th - Amazon.co.uk revealed that the box-set's current availability status as "temporarily out of stock" and Waterstones.co.uk only offered the same pre-order option which had been available to their consumers prior to today. That's by no means the end of the story, however - we asked Holly Black, author of the set's Twelfth Doctor tale (entitled "Lights Out"), whether she had learned of any publication setbacks, after which we received the following response from the Spiderwick Chronicles scribe on Twitter:
@tbuxton42 I am so sorry — I am not sure, although it does look like maybe they had to go back to press with it.We've yet to receive official confirmation from Penguin or the official Twitter account for Who-themed literary publications. If and when the On-Screen team learns further information regarding the presumably revised release date of this much-anticipated commemorative compilation, however, we'll endeavour to update this article with the relevant details shortly after they emerge.
— Holly Black (@hollyblack) October 30, 2014
UPDATE (05-11-2014, 6.55pm) - Further to the speculation we posted above last week, On-Screen has just received word from Penguin Books that the Doctor Who: 12 Doctors, 12 Stories Gift Edition package has been delayed. However, the publishers also informed us that "[the products] will be with retailers in the next few weeks" before respectfully apologising for the mishap. We've included the message Penguin sent us via Twitter below:
@tbuxton42 Hi Tom, yes there has been a delay from the printers but they will be with retailers in the next few weeks. Sorry for the delay.
— PuffinBooks (@PuffinBooks) November 5, 2014