Therefore, its known narrative elements are not a part of the Doctor Who universe as we, on this Wiki, choose to define it. It may have been the basis for a similar story in another medium, however — and that story may indeed be valid.
- You may be looking for the IDW comic story.
Dead Man's Hand was an unproduced audio story written by John Ostrander, originally scheduled to be released in September 2004 as part of Big Finish Productions' monthly Doctor Who range. (DWM 341) The story would have featured Seventh Doctor, Ace, and Hex (DWM 343) "in the gambling, gun-totin' world of the American Wild West".
Originally announced in March 2004 in Doctor Who Magazine 341 by Big Finish executive producer Gary Russell, (DWM 341) the following month, scheduling changes to facilitate the consecutive releases of the final installments of the Eighth Doctor's Divergent Universe arc pushed Dead Man's Hand to March 2005, with Graham Duff's Faith Stealer taking its original slot. (DWM 343) In August 2004, a second delay was announced and Dead Man's Hand was pushed back to June 2005. Dreamtime by Simon A. Forward took its place. (DWM 347)
By 8 December 2004, Dead Man's Hand was no longer listed on the Big Finish schedule on their website, replaced by David A. McIntee's Unregenerate!. A report on Big Finish's announcements of forthcoming plans at the 2005 Gallifrey One convention suggested it could be released in September that year or possibly be pushed back to 2006, depending on Ostrander's schedule. However, these tentative plans never materialised, no further updates came and Dead Man's Hand ultimately went unproduced.
- Doctor Who Monthly audio releases. Big Finish. Archived from the original on 2004-12-08.
- big finish 2005 plans. Outpost Gallifrey (2005-02-24). Archived from the original on 2005-02-28. “John Ostrander's Dead Man's Hand may be released in September this year, depending on the writer's schedule; if not, there are other scripts that can take its place as it is bumped again to next year.”