I am just coming off the Gallifreyan-like high which was the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special. So glad it was so well written and enjoyable on many levels.
Growing up a fan of the series, its been so fun to see this milestone reached and celebrated across the world like a holiday. My first Doctor… was really Peter Davison. The first I’d seen was Tom Baker, but when he regenerated and the 5th Doctor episodes started, I was old enough to start paying attention and understanding the series and the character.
I thought I’d celebrate the anniversary with a little post of two of my favorite things. Doctor Who and action figures. Here are some of my favorite Doctor Who toys, as well as a product catalog shot of the 90s Dapol toys.
Happy Birthday Doctor! Here’s to more adventures in your blue box.
One of my favorite Who toys. A rare giftset from Dapol, including a Tardis. I had to order this set all the way from England at the beginning of the internet era. Since there had never really been Who figures in America at that point, the goofy poorly constructed toys were like gold to me. Feeling very exotic having come from so far. I still very much appreciate them.
Can’t beat the 5th Doctor, sonic at the ready, Cybermen at the door.
In recent years I’ve discovered and greatly enjoy the episodes of the 2nd Doctor, Patrick Troughton. His era may be my favorite! One part 60s horror film, one part sci fi comedy. It’s like Doctor Who landed in the Twilight Zone and is hanging out with the Hard Days Night Beatles.
Gotta say one of my favorite action figures from the modern line is the Ganger Doctor, too bad they didn’t do more with him in the series.
Another Doctor whom I became acquainted with in my youth was the 3rd. His episodes were on channel 12 PBS in Colorado on Sunday evenings. I was intrigued by this early Doctor and his Venitian Karate Chops. I was also fascinated by his yellow vintage car Bessy. He was a grouchy short tempered Doctor always talking down to those foolish humans. And yet he was very likable.
The 3rd Doctor in Dapol form, stalked by a Cyberman.
Who can forget The Master?!
And The Master in Dapol form.
Captain Jack Harkness, a character so popular he got a successful spinoff that was actually a really good show!
Last but not least, the 2nd Doctor in lego character builder form. With his Character Builder TARDIS. Great little figures!
I have so many others, the Character Options actions figures made these last ten years are amazing. The 9th Doctor, the TARDIS playset, the classics like Tom Baker, and the Sarah Jane Chronicles figures, and of course all the great villains like the Daleks and Cybermen. So many good Who toys. Maybe I should do another post…
Here is that fantastic photo from the Dapol toy Catalog. Makes a person wish they had some sort of… time machine to go back and buy these vintage greats.