This year’s MCM London Comic Con saw BBC Studios hosting an official Doctor Who stand at the event for the first time ever. BlogtorWho attended MCM London Comic Con 2018 on the Saturday (27th October). Here’s what we thought of everything that was on offer to Doctor Who fans over the weekend!
The Thirteenth Doctor’s TARDIS
One of the highlights of BBC Studios’ Doctor Who stand was the world-exclusive opportunity to see the Thirteenth Doctor’s TARDIS up close! This TARDIS, which was used during the filming of Series 11, naturally provided a fantastic photo opportunity for fans and cosplayers, and at least one famous face in the form of regular Series 11 director Jamie Childs!
— David Fisher (@davidjfisher8) October 27, 2018
The TARDIS even attracted Doctor Who fans representing other fandoms on the day:
ME AND THE TARDIS BABEY pic.twitter.com/fDyn5IzJl3
— come on kings, let's get spooky (@hectoroftrcy2) October 27, 2018
Doctor Who: The Live Escape Game – Worlds Collide
Another of the main attractions at the Doctor Who stand was an exclusive first look at the brand new Doctor Who live escape game. Announced earlier this year, the game’s title has now been revealed to be ‘Worlds Collide’.
Doctor Who: The Live Escape Game will be opening its doors in Bristol, Birmingham, Leeds, Oxford and Reading from early 2019.
Calling all #DoctorWho fans at London Comic Con! Test yourself against the clock with the Worlds Collide Escape Cube, an exclusive taster experience for the full-length game which opens in our venues in early 2019. Visit booth S600 for your chance to play! #DoctorWhoEscapeHunt pic.twitter.com/W4CPAmcV93
— Escape Hunt UK (@EscapeHuntUK) October 27, 2018
Fans at this year’s MCM London Comic Con were treated to a brief first-hand taster of the game. Participants (with the assistance of an Escape Hunt guide) were given just six minutes to complete a challenge set for them by the Doctor herself. Players had to use the Doctor’s sonic screwdriver and their logic puzzle solving skills to de-activate each side of a deadly Cyberman cube. Each side presented a different challenge, which involved remembering sequences, tracing patterns, or flipping the right switches as quickly as you could before the Cybermen descended.
This short challenge gave an intriguing insight into the full Doctor Who escape game which will be opening next year. The game is certainly best suited to those who are already fans of escape rooms, or simply enjoy testing their logic puzzle solving abilities. It’s set to be a huge amount of fun for Doctor Who fans of all ages, particularly those who enjoyed the interactive adventure aspects of the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff Bay. This game is sure to have something for everyone, no matter how much they know about Doctor Who.
Thirteenth Doctor Barbie Doll
As well as this, the Doctor Who stall allowed fans to get a world-exclusive first look at the new Thirteenth Doctor Barbie, which was revealed earlier this month. The doll is due to be released on 1st December.
— Forbidden Planet (@ForbiddenPlanet) October 26, 2018
Exclusive Books and Other Merchandise
As if all that wasn’t enough, fans were also able to purchase a huge variety of exclusive Doctor Who merchandise.
Visitors to the Doctor Who stand were able to get their hands on a number of books before their official release date. These included the latest collaboration between Doctor Who and Adam Hargreaves, as the Thirteenth Doctor is the latest to get the Mr Men treatment in Dr Thirteenth, which is out in shops on 6th November.
Also on sale was David Solomons’ new children’s novel The Secret in Vault 13, which is also due out in early November. Blogtor will have a review early next week.
As well as this, fans could buy all three of the new Thirteenth Doctor novels, namely The Good Doctor by Juno Dawson (which is available now), Molten Heart by Una McCormack (due out 8th November), and Combat Magicks by Steve Cole (due out 22nd November).
Picked these up at @MCMComicCon today on the @bbcdoctorwho stand, looking forward to reading through them all! @DWBBCBooks – the early release for two of them was [email protected]! @junodawson @unamccormack @SteveColeBooks pic.twitter.com/vt3105mDOp
— Geoff Cockwill (@geoffcockwill) October 27, 2018
Other books on sale at the stand included Richard Atkinson and Mike Tucker’s TARDIS Type 40 Instruction Manual, as well as Christel Dee and Simon Guerrier’s The Women Who Lived: Amazing Tales for Future Time Lords. Exclusive merchandise was being given away with copies of these books, including the t-shirt pictured below:
— RH (@RH000005) October 26, 2018
It wasn’t only books on sale at BBC Studios’ Doctor Who stand. Fans were spoiled for choice as there were also a variety of Doctor Who Titan comics, Titans vinyl figures, magazines, plus much more. As well as this, a new Thirteenth Doctor inspired backpack (pictured below) was also available to purchase before its official release next week. Fans could also get their hands on a range of Thirteenth Doctor Forbidden Planet shirts and hoodies.
— Forbidden Planet (@ForbiddenPlanet) October 25, 2018
Naturally, it was hard not to spend much of your time and money at the Doctor Who stall alone, as was proved by one fan:
Hello 999 I just spent £97 in the Doctor Who store at MCM
— sarah ✨ (@gIindathegay) October 27, 2018
Doctor Who Elsewhere at MCM London Comic Con 2018
Doctor Who fans and merchandise could not just be found at the Doctor Who stand over the weekend. Cosplayers could be spotted everywhere in and around the ExCel Centre, dressed as their favourite characters from the show’s history.
One Twitter user was particularly pleased to see it wasn’t only female cosplayers who were embracing our new Thirteenth Doctor at the event:
— Amy 'West in Peace' 🧟♀️ (@TV_amyy) October 27, 2018
Fans also had the opportunity to meet some famous faces from the world of Doctor Who – sometimes by accident!
Meeting my favourite Doctor, Colin Baker at MCM Comic Con pic.twitter.com/1OLMwCiS4N
— Lee Ribbens (@LeeRibbens) October 27, 2018
When you think you spotted Nick Briggs at MCM and it turned out it was actually him! pic.twitter.com/OrnTjyXtYX
— 🚀 Tardis’Spooky’ 🎃 @MCMLondon (@tardis_monkey) October 27, 2018