Last week BlogtorWho brought you the news of the classic Doctor Who range to be released by Character Options in 2019. It was quite a list! But our readers were certainly interested. In fact, it was the most viewed article for that week. Does this prove that there is still a desire for classic Doctor Who figures? You bet it does!
The Doctor Who figure sets gracing the shelves of B&M Stores in 2019 are as follows:
- Fourth Doctor and TARDIS from ‘Shada‘
- Fifth Doctor and TARDIS from ‘The Caves of Andozani‘
- Seventh Doctor with Cyberleader and Cyberman from ‘Silver Nemesis‘
- Second Doctor, Peri and Sontaran Stike from ‘The Two Doctors‘
- Harry Sullivan and Sontaran Styre from ‘The Sontaran Experiment‘ with Sontaran Linx from ‘The Time Warrior‘
- The Seventh Doctor and Axis Strike Squad Dalek from ‘Gallifrey VI‘
- The Eighth Doctor and Dalek Interrogator Prime from ‘Dark Eyes‘
- The War Doctor and Dalek Scientist from ‘The War Doctor‘ audio adventures
The latest range of classic Doctor Who figures is the most significant in years. Eras from the Fourth to the Seventh televised doctors are represented. Plus there are additional Dalek sets based on the audio adventures created by Big Finish. These particular sets were available on the Big Finish website and sold out in just 36 minutes! If they didn’t anticipate this level of demand then Character Options would’ve been unlikely to have created such a significant quantity of new products.
However, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find Doctor Who merchandise. Woolworths: gone. Toys R Us: gone. Even the official retailers have fallen by the wayside. BBC Store: gone. The Doctor Who Experience Shop: gone. Hence this pairing between Character Options and B&M stores.
For the last few years B&M have been the stores to visit for Doctor Who action figures. From their first store in Blackpool opening in 1978, B&M have become one of the largest retailers in the UK with over 600 stores. They started stocking collectors sets of figures which had already been released individually. For example, 2016 saw the release of ‘The Monster set’ which contained an Ice Warrior, Zygon and Cyberman from ‘The Invasion’. More recently B&M have been stocking exclusive sets.
In 2019 this will include new variants of certain figures, such as Peri in her costume from ‘The Two Doctors‘. Whilst sets have typically included Doctor Who characters and monsters seen on television after 2005, this year sees a focus solely on the classic era of the show. As a part of this new range, collectors will also have the opportunity to purchase brand new, never before released figures. For instance, Fourth Doctor companion Harry Sullivan will be available in action figure form for the first time ever. There will also be two new versions of the popular TARDIS sets.
TARDIS exterior sets
Recently, B&M have also released Doctors with their TARDIS exterior boxes. Prior to this there were only three other classic TARDIS exterior toys to collect for the First, Fourth and Seventh Doctors. These sets are now quite rare and reach significant amounts on eBay and Amazon. Thanks to B&M however it is far easier to get a classic TARDIS exterior for your action figures. So far B&M have released the Third Doctor and TARDIS set from ‘The Time Monster’ and a TARDIS with newly regenerated Fourth Doctor. The latter is apparently still available in some stores before new stocks arrive.
In 2019 there will be not one but two TARDIS sets. These will be of a Fourth Doctor with TARDIS from ‘Shada‘ and Fifth Doctor with TARDIS from ‘The Caves of Andozani‘. Both are exciting variants. Fans will be able to re-enact the Fifth Doctor, close to his regeneration, carrying a sick Peri to the TARDIS. Although ‘Shada‘ never made it to broadcast, the uniqueness of that particular TARDIS prop has also been recreated in toy form.
Still a demand for classic Doctor Who merchandise?
The speed at which the Doctor and Dalek sets sold out on the Big Finish website prove that there is a desire for those sets. The big number of page visits that BlogtorWho received when we shared the is further proof. No doubt when the new sets hit the shelves, fans will seek them out with great enthusiasm. Social media will be filled with photographs in the same manner that the recent Doctor Who: The Collection boxsets have received. Enthusiasm for classic era Doctor Who merchandise is clearly alive and well. Long may it continue.