As we approach the 60th Anniversary of Doctor Who, revisit the story of Doctor Who, the occasional series written for the 50th Anniversary, explaining the origins of the programme.

Episode 5 - An Unearthly Series - The Origins of a TV Legend: First published 23 Nov 2012

Doctor Who: Worlds of Wonder - updateBookmark and Share

Saturday, 8 October 2022 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Doctor Who: Worlds of Wonder (Credit: Peter Carr)

National Museums Liverpool has seen a surge in retail sales following the launch of the world premiere of the Doctor Who Worlds of Wonder exhibition.

Revealing the science behind Doctor Who, the exhibition itself landed in Liverpool this May at the World Museum – creating huge demand for memorabilia from the hit TV show. A pop-up Doctor Who store at the city centre venue and online shop has sold more than 11,000 items since it launched – making history for National Museums Liverpool as its fastest selling retail range.

Memorabilia designed especially for the exhibition and classic gadgets are among the most in-demand items, including an exclusive Gallifreyan alphabet artwork.

Karen O’Connor, National Museums Liverpool’s Director of Commercial Enterprises, said:

Bringing the world premiere of the Doctor Who Worlds of Wonder exhibition to Liverpool has been an amazing experience and is proving very popular – attracting fans from around the UK, as well as international visitors to the city. We have created a special Doctor Who shop for the duration of the exhibition and hadn’t anticipated how much demand there would be for exclusive items, classic memorabilia and gadgets. Our retail team have been extremely busy – in our shop and with online sales – it’s made history as our fastest selling range.


Helen Dickey, from the retail team at National Museums Liverpool, added:

Bringing with it nearly 60 years of TV history, Doctor Who spans generations – and it’s been hard to keep up with demand from both kids and adults for many of our products.

As well as hosting the world premiere of the Doctor Who Worlds of Wonder exhibition, National Museums Liverpool’s venues have also starred as the backdrop for 79, following filming at the Museum of Liverpool with cast members John Bishop and Nadia Albina last year.

National Museums Liverpool looks after some of the most visited museums in England outside of London. It relies on funding, as well as membership, donations and income from retail, venue hire, events and filming, to keep its attractions and the work it does in the community running.

Doctor Who Worlds of Wonder has been extended until 6 November at the World Museum. More information on available at liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/doctorwho

 


 

The online shop ihas a number of exclusive Doctor Who items, a couple of which include:

 

Doctor Who: Worlds of Wonder - merchandise - Gallifreyan alphabet mounted ptintGallifreyan alphabet mounted print

 

For those fascinated by the Gallifreyan language spoken by the Time Lords, this specially created mounted print has been made exclusively for the Doctor Who Worlds of Wonder exhibition. 

Doctor Who: Worlds of Wonder - merchandise - t-shirtsTardis T-shirt

 

A collection of exclusive T-shirts and hoodies have been designed for the exhibition. This navy T-shirt for adults, with exclusive Tardis design printed on the front has been one of the favourites 





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Record Store Day - Dead AirBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 1 March 2022 - Reported by Chuck Foster

Demon Records are to release the Tenth Doctor audio adventure Dead Air for the next Record Store Day event on 23 April 2022

Originally released in 2010, this new vinyl pressing of the story, written by James Goss and narrated by David Tennant, will be across two 140g Soundwave Green vinyl discs.

 

Demon Records - Dead Air (vinyl) Demon Records - Dead Air (vinyl)

 

Hot on the heels of a creature that exists through sound, the Doctor lands on a pirate radio station boat in the late 1960s. The creature has already killed some of the DJs, and the Doctor befriends the survivors. But then the lights go out, and a desperate race for survival begins. Who can the Doctor trust in the dark?

 





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The Pirate Planet to be released on vinylBookmark and Share

Thursday, 17 February 2022 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Demon Records - The Pirate Planet (vinyl)

Demon Records are to release the latest in their Vinyl Who collection of Doctor Who TV soundtracks on 18th March 2022, Season 16 adventure The Pirate Planet:

"The life force is dead! We’re all murderers!"

Demon Records presents the debut Doctor Who adventure by Douglas Adams - creator of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - starring Tom Baker as the Doctor.

On the hunt for the Key to Time, the Doctor, Romana and K9 materialise on the planet Calufrax –or do they? Entangled in local events, they are caught between the bombastic Captain – half-man,half-machine – and the sinister Mentiads. Someone is ransacking whole planets for their wealth,and just as the Doctor discovers who’s behind it another one comes under threat: Earth!

Presented across 2 x 140g Sky Demon Splatter vinyl discs, this 1978 TV soundtrack is narrated by John Leeson, the original Voice of K9. The supporting cast includes Mary Tamm as Romana with Bruce Purchase, Andrew Robertson, David Warwick and Rosalind Lloyd. Incidental music is composed by Dudley Simpson, and the familiar strains of the Doctor Who theme are courtesy ofthe BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

The coloured vinyl LPs are presented in a fully illustrated gatefold sleeve showing cast and credits, and inner bags featuring complete episode billings.

 

 

Demon Records - The Pirate Planet (vinyl) Demon Records - The Pirate Planet (vinyl)

 





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Daleks and Matt Smith's Doctor Join Build-A-Bear RangeBookmark and Share

Friday, 19 February 2021 - Reported by Marcus
Build-A-Bear (Credit: BBC Studios)

Build-A-Bear Workshop and BBC Studios have today revealed new additions to their Doctor Who range, launching a brand new Dalek plush, and Tenth and Eleventh Doctor costumes.

Keep your furry friend on its toes with the new Dalek plush, the perfect evil companion for fans and collectors. Complete your Doctor Who Bear’s look with the Eleventh Doctor Costume & Sonic Screwdriver Set, featuring the Eleventh Doctor’s iconic red braces, bow tie and fez. Or treat your bear to an all-new Tenth Doctor Costume & Sonic Screwdriver Set featuring the Tenth Doctor’s brown suit, coat, glasses and trainers. Both costumes come with a sonic screwdriver wristie that recreates the famous gadget by making sounds when you press it

The new additions join the Doctor Who Bear, Thirteenth Doctor and blue Tenth Doctor costumes launched last year. The Doctor Who Bear features branded blue paw pads and a blue heart on its chest.

Anjali Khosla, Senior Manager of Brand Management, Build-A-Bear Workshop said

We’re thrilled to continue our partnership with BBC Studios to bring these great new additions to Build-A-Bear Workshop.  Fans are sure to love this unique spin on the beloved series, making this the perfect addition to your collection or gift for the Doctor Who enthusiast in your life!

 

Julie Kekwick, Senior Licensing Manager, BBC Studios said

The launch of the Doctor Who Bear and Thirteenth and Tenth Doctor outfits was such a big success with fans last year, and we’re excited to bring them even more outfits and plush to add to their collection.

The Dalek plush (£15/$13.50 RRP), Eleventh Doctor Costume & Sonic Screwdriver Set (from £15/$20 RRP) and Tenth Doctor Costume & Sonic Screwdriver Set (from £15/$20 RRP) will be available in the UK and US and can be bought exclusively on the Build-A-Bear website from 19 February 2021.

The Doctor Who Bear is available online now from the Build-A-Bear website for £21.50 /$29.00 RRP.

 





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Hero Collector Revolution Figurines and Pin BadgesBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 6 January 2021 - Reported by Marcus
 Revolution of the Daleks figurines and pin badges. (Credit: Eaglemoss)

Eaglemoss have revealed the identities of their ‘mystery’ Doctor Who Revolution of the Daleks figurines and pin badges.

The identities of these Doctor Who Festive Special themed pin badges and figurines were kept largely under wraps until now, with only the Thirteenth Doctor and Revolution Dalek pin badges revealed.

The figurines depict the Thirteenth Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) and Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) in their prison uniforms, as well as the Revolution Dalek, all at 1:21 scale (approx. 3.5 inches tall).

These hand-painted figurines join Hero Collector’s existing range of Doctor Who models and will be accompanied by an in-depth companion magazine, packed with details from this exciting festive special.

The Revolution of the Daleks Figurine Box Set will launch in April 2021, but is available for pre-order now on the Hero Collector website.

The seven chibi-style metal pin badges depict the Thirteenth Doctor, Captain Jack Harkness, and the Revolution Dalek as well as four imprisoned aliens seen in the Doctor Who Festive Special – the Weeping Angel, the Ood, the Sycorax and the Silence.

The Revolution of the Daleks Chibi Pin Badge Set is available now on the Hero Collector website.

 




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Festive Special MerchandiseBookmark and Share

Monday, 30 November 2020 - Reported by Marcus
Jodie in her prison uniform (Credit: Hero Collector)Revolution Dalek (Credit: Hero Collector)

Hero Collector Eaglemoss will be launching the very first merchandise tie-in to the Doctor Who Festive Special, Revolution of the Daleks.

A brand new Chibi Pin Badge Box Set is being released and is available to pre-order now.

The Chibi Pin Badge Box Set includes seven high-quality metal pin badges, depicting the Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) in her prison uniform, the new Revolution Dalek, and five other mystery characters from the special, all in chibi-style!

These badges make the perfect addition to any outfit and a great gift for the coming festive season.

A new Festive Special figurine box set is also on the horizon, joining Hero Collector’s range of hand-painted Doctor Who figurines at 1:21 scale (approx. 3.5 inches tall), with more details announced following the episode’s transmission.

The Doctor Who Festive Special will see The Doctor locked away in a high-security alien prison, while her friends Yaz, Ryan, and Graham are left stranded on Earth. It's not easy for the trio to return to normal life, especially when they discover a disturbing plan afoot – but how can you fight a Dalek, without the Doctor?

The Revolution of the Daleks Chibi Pin Badge Set will launch on New Year’s Day and is available to pre-order now on the Hero Collector website.





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World's Apart - Digital Trading Card GameBookmark and Share

Thursday, 13 August 2020 - Reported by Marcus
Worlds Apart (Credit: Reality Gaming Group / BBC Studios)

BBC Studios has partnered with Reality Gaming Group to create a brand new digital trading card game launching later this year.

The partnership will enable fans to collect and trade digital versions of their favourite characters for the first time, before adventuring through the Doctor Who: Worlds Apart game as the Doctor, battling friends in turn-based contests.

Each trading card a player collects will be tokenised into a non-fungible token (NFT) secured and protected on the blockchain, which means there can be no copies or disputes about ownership. Doctor Who: Worlds Apart players will own unique digital collectible items which can be used in the game or traded with other players.

As with physical trading cards, some will be rarer than others, and all will feature Doctors, companions, allies and enemies from across Doctor Who’s expansive history.

Limited edition packs containing five digital cards will be available for fans to buy from October 2020. Once these limited-edition cards have sold out, they will not be available to purchase again, except by trading with others.

The accompanying Doctor Who: Worlds Apart trading card game will be released for PC in 2021 with mobile to follow, allowing players to go head-to-head with their card collections. More cards will also be made available at launch.

UK-based publisher Reality Gaming Group’s Digital Asset Trading (DAT) Platform uses innovative blockchain technology to turn any IP into a rare and collectible digital asset that can be traded between fans using dedicated marketplaces. Its debut title, mobile AR combat game Reality Clash, was released in 2019 and pushed the boundaries of what’s possible when AR, VR, geo-location and blockchain technology are combined.

Tony Pearce, Co-Founder of Reality Gaming Group, said:

We are tremendously excited to be working with BBC Studios to bring Doctor Who’s huge global community an exciting new digital experience based on a pastime we all know and love – trading cards. The cards used in Doctor Who: Worlds Apart are both functional and collectible, so fans can actually own a piece of the game while they play.

John Kavanagh, Licensing Manager, Gaming and Interactive, BBC Studios, said:

This is what BBC Studios does so well, exploring new technologies and bringing our most iconic brand to an area of the gaming industry which we’re sure will engage and thrill fans.

 

More information about Doctor Who: Worlds Apart can be found here





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Doctor Who: The Monster VaultBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 20 May 2020 - Reported by Chuck Foster
BBC Books have announced a new hardback book that delves into the background of one of the key elements of Doctor Who:

Doctor Who: The Monster Vault (Credit: BBC Books)Doctor Who: The Monster Vault
The Doctor's Enemies Unlocked

Written by Jonathan Morris and Penny CS Andrews
Edited by Paul Lang
Illustrated by Lee Johnson and Ben Morris


Doctor Who's biggest and most comprehensive monster guide yet, The Monster Vault takes you on the ultimate tour of the Whoniverse, discovering and cataloguing every wonderful and terrifying creature the Doctor has ever encountered.

From the notorious Daleks, to the evil Stenza warrior T’zim-Sha and the ancient Thijarians, The Monster Vault features in-depth profiles on each monster, showing the Doctor's most dangerous enemies in their natural habitat and unveiling their secret histories. You will also discover how monsters were created and designed, through exclusive behind-the-scenes interviews, anecdotes, case studies and unseen artwork.

This lavish and visually stunning book provides an unrivalled wealth of information, allowing you to explore the rich history of Doctor Who and expand your knowledge and understanding of monsters old and new.

Doctor Who: The Monster Vault is now available to preorder, and is due to be published on 22nd October 2020.




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Hero Collector Launches New Doctor Who Chibi RangeBookmark and Share

Saturday, 7 March 2020 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Chibi  (Credit: Hero Collector )Hero Collector has launched the newest entries in its range of Doctor Who Chibi merchandise: fun pin badges and socks, decorated with chibi-style Doctor Who art.

Hero Collector designs, manufacturers, and publishers of high-quality collectables from across the worlds of pop culture. They already offer pin badges for each incarnation of The Doctor, from William Hartnell's first incarnation to Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor. Now the darker side of the Doctor’s adventures is coming out to play, with almost a dozen iconic monsters captured as chibi-style metal pin badges!

Fans can collect a relentless Cyberman, reptilian Ice Warrior, diminutive Sontaran, wide-eyed Slitheen, terrifying Weeping Angel, ominous Ood, cold-hearted Snowman, an eerie Silent, and three different designs of Dalek.

These badges can be collected individually or as part of three new box sets, collecting Classic Doctors, Modern Doctors, and Monsters. Each design makes a perfect addition to any outfit – even better than a decorative stick of celery…

Plus, fans looking to add a little menace to their footwear can grab three new pairs of Doctor Who Chibi socks – the Cybermen, Daleks, or Weeping Angels decorate these sinister socks, which are 80% cotton and equal parts scary and soft!

These new Chibi Pin Badges and Chibi Monster Socks are all available exclusively on the Hero Collector webstore.

Pin Badges retail at £5.99, or £34.99 in a3 seven-badge box set. Socks retail at £4.99, or £11.99 in a three-pair set.

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Doctor Who BearBookmark and Share

Thursday, 20 February 2020 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Bear (Credit: Build-A-Bear Workshop / BBC Studios)
Build-A-Bear Workshop and BBC Studios have launched a Doctor Who range, launching a Doctor Who Bear and accessories inspired by the TV series.

The Doctor Who Bear features branded blue paw pads and a blue heart on its chest.

The Time Lord’s look is completed with the iconic Thirteenth Doctor or Tenth Doctor outfits. Sport the striped top and braces worn by the Thirteenth Doctor, or the suit, trousers, glasses and trainers worn by the Tenth Doctor. Each bear will arrive with a sonic screwdriver in its own TARDIS gift box.

The new range is available in the UK and can be bought exclusively online at: buildabear.co.uk. The range will be launching online in the US later this month.

The Doctor Who Bear is available online now for £21.50, with outfits and accessories starting at £8.

Doctor Who Bear (Credit: Build-A-Bear Workshop / BBC Studios)Doctor Who Bear (Credit: Build-A-Bear Workshop / BBC Studios)Doctor Who Bear (Credit: Build-A-Bear Workshop / BBC Studios)Doctor Who Bear (Credit: Build-A-Bear Workshop / BBC Studios)Doctor Who Bear (Credit: Build-A-Bear Workshop / BBC Studios)Doctor Who Bear (Credit: Build-A-Bear Workshop / BBC Studios)




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