Featuring a range of gifts and apparel, the store offers shoppers great Christmas gift ideas and stocking fillers including a selection of men’s t-shirts, tea towels, notebooks, mugs and teapots from the Doctor Who home range, women’s apparel from US fan girl designers Her Universe as well as the DVD of the 50th Anniversary special episode The Day of the Doctor.
To celebrate the store opening at 9am on Saturday 7 December, fans are invited to dress up as their favourite Doctor Who character with a small gift given to the first 30 fans to arrive in costume. The pop-up shop will be open until the end of December and is located on Level 2/585 High Street, Penrith.
The Penrith pop-up shop is the fourth of its kind and follows on from the overwhelming success of the Doctor Who pop-up shops in Newtown, Brisbane and Melbourne earlier this year.
Rachael Hammond, BBC Worldwide ANZ’s Retail Manager
Following on from all activity surrounding the 50th Anniversary we are delighted to be teaming up with Westfield to offer fans, aspiring Time Lords and Christmas shoppers the chance to fill their stockings with all things Doctor Who
The Doctor Who Production Office in Cardiff took time out from the busy 50th Anniversary schedule to help a small community in southern Tasmania overcome the loss of its school in the bushfires that destroyed the town earlier this year. The story started in January, when Tasmania was hit by record high temperatures and catastrophic fire conditions. The town of Dunalley was one of the areas hardest hit, with families having to take to the water to survive. Along with homes and local businesses, the Dunalley Primary School - a centrepoint of the community - was completely destroyed.
Doctor Who writer and international best-selling author Neil Gaiman is a patron of the Tasmanian-based Bookend Trust, which is an education charity helping students of all ages. He visited Tasmania in the week following the fires, and arranged for his Australian publishers (Hachette and Bloomsbury) to send boxloads of books to help rebuild the school library. Nightmare in Silver was coming during the year, and so he mentioned the plight of the school to the Doctor Who production office.
Tying in with the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary, they sent the school a signed print from Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman, as well as DVDs, CDs and collectables to add to the rebuild. These were delivered by Bookend Director Niall Doran to Principal Matt Kenny today at the Dunalley School Fair, held in the temporary buildings and showcasing the plans for the new school that will start building next year.