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With a cover heading of “A Marvel Summer Special: The Very Best of Doctor Who”, this second Summer Special offered no new material. Its contents had already appeared in the pages of the parent magazine.
Iit was unusual for the Holiday Special titles not to offer something new, and it was some holiday issues later that new material began to appear. Indeed one Special offered the concluding half of a comic strip story to capture new and regular readers.
While the Summer 1980 special relied on the reprinting and compilation of comic strip stories, this issue was more prose oriented.