Forbidden Planet Celebrates 40 Years!

Forbidden Planet illustration by Brian Bolland
Forbidden Planet illustration by Brian Bolland

This summer, one of the UK’s biggest and most recognisable comic book and memorabilia retailers celebrates its 40th birthday! Founded in 1978 as a small shop on London’s Denmark Street, Forbidden Planet shares a strong connection with Doctor Who in more ways than one. Denmark Street is also home to the music shop where Peter Capaldi purchased his Yamaha SGV-800 electric guitar, which made its debut as the Twelfth Doctor played it atop a tank as part of his iconic entrance in Series 8’s opener ‘The Magician’s Apprentice’.

The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) - Doctor Who - The Magician's Apprentice (c) BBC
The Doctor (Peter Capaldi) – Doctor Who – The Magician’s Apprentice (c) BBC

Over the four decades which have since passed, Forbidden Planet has grown enormously, with stores up and down the UK (and even one branch across the pond in New York), firmly establishing themselves as the place to go for comics, books, toys and other memorabilia. These stores have also proudly played host to signings and appearances from a huge variety of famous faces, including many from the world of Doctor Who.

To celebrate this momentous occasion, Forbidden Planet have put together a special anniversary magazine showcasing just some of their biggest guests from past years. The magazine is available in PDF format on their website, and contains many recognisable faces from Doctor Who, including writer Douglas Adams’ first appearance at the store in 1979, Fifth Doctor Peter Davison signing in full costume in 1982, and Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith) attending the opening of the Shaftesbury Avenue Megastore in 2003, to name just a few. To download a copy, as well as check out the range of 40th anniversary Forbidden Planet merchandise check out their website. 

Forbidden Planet’s birthday celebrations are not only taking place online, as anniversary events are set to take place at a number of their stores across England on Saturday 11th August. These events are not to be missed, as stores will be giving away free copies of their souvenir anniversary magazine, books, badges, and even birthday cake, plus much more! Further details about these upcoming events as they become available can be found at their page on the celebrations. 

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