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I can clearly remember how I felt when i heard that the iconic BBC TV Sci-Fi series Doctor Who was going to be rebooted in 2005.
Personally, I have to admit I was sceptical. You see, I loved Doctor Who as a kid; it was a family bonding moment, sitting down in front of the TV on a Saturday night with my parents and my sister, watching as each week the Doctor fought off aliens, monsters and robots.
They announced that the Doctor would be played by Christopher Eccleston, a serious actor with a seriously northern accent. His companion was to be Billie Piper, ex teen pop princess. I scoffed, but well, I thought I’d give it a chance, you know, I’d just watch one episode.
Well, I certainly had to eat my words. It was stunning - a total re-imagination of the series, respectful of the original but bang up to date. I loved it. So did my then 5 year old son, and so watching Doctor Who became a hotly anticipated weekly event. Christmas and birthdays were guaranteed to include Doctor Who action figures, Doctor Who toys, Doctor Who games, books and clothing.
When my younger son was old enough to enjoy the programme he joined the ranks of Doctor Who fans as well.
Fast forward now to 2023. To be honest, while I loved David Tennant, I had not really liked the last two Doctors so much, and the stories were beginning to get a bit stale for me. But, I decided that I would give the 13th Doctor, Jodie Whittaker, a chance, just like I had the others. For me it has been as if The Doctor has returned once more. I love Jodie Whittaker’s practical Northern Doctor, her resourceful companions and once more the stories are exciting.
However in 2023 we will be saying goodbye to Jodie Whittaker's Doctor, but will see the return of the amazing Russell T. Davies as showrunner. The doctor will return played by Ncuti Gatwa (after a brief reappearance by David Tennant for 2023's Christmas specials.)
I feel like a kid again, and since the kids are almost still young enough for Doctor Who toys, games and books, here is what I will telling Santa to bring the kids (and possibly me as well….)
The Doctor Who Annual was always on the list to Santa and he never failed us. The Doctor Who: Official Annual 2024 has everything you wanted to know about the Doctor - plus costumes, games, behind-the-scenes info - it even includes a never-seen-before Fourteenth Doctor story, and a sneak peek at the long-awaited Fifteenth Doctor . . ..
A new Doctor always finds away to make the sonic screwdriver their own, and true to form the Fourteenth Doctor will have his own updated screwdriver. This Fourteenth Doctor Sonic Screwdriver Toy is a must have for any Doctor Who fan - several different incarnations of the legendary Sonic Screwdriver have lived in our toybox.
Don't you just hate it when you get caught out with wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey? I reckon you would always be able to avoid it and stay one step ahead with this Doctor Who Tardis Digital Projection Alarm Clock. Naturally you will hear a Tardis sound and a blue glow when the alarm sounds.
I never went as far as to create a Doctor Who themed bedroom but a Doctor Who duvet set went down very well. This Official BBC Doctor Who TARDIS Single Duvet Cover is really cool, so kids can transport themselves to dreamland.
Ever thought that the TARDIS should be pink? Or psychedelic? Maybe the fourth Doctor should tone it down in an outfit of subtle grey and beige?
Here's your chance - you can colour all your favourite Doctor Who characters and scenes just how you like in this Doctor Who Colouring Book. This book has been out for a couple of years now so it doesn't have the newest Doctor in it, but I'm a colouring addict so i don't care!
Along with Doctor Who, my kids also loved the Mr. Men. Adam Hargreaves, son of Roger Hargreaves who created the Mr. Men and Little Misses has put together a crazy Mr. Men/Dr Who mash-up, with a book featuring every single incarnation of the Doctor, including Jodie Whittaker's thirteenth Doctor.
Doctor Who: Dr. Thirteenth is the book which also includes companions Yaz, Graham and Ryan.
I definitely need this Thirteenth Doctor Action Figure to sit on my desk as a reminder to us all that women can do anything, including be Doctor Who.
I love that she found her outfit in a Sheffield charity shop, an eclectic mix that harks back to the glory days of Tom Baker, Colin Baker and Peter Davidson.
Funko POP collectors will love this Dr. Who Doctor POP Vinyl Figure of the 13th Doctor all dressed up ready to do some welding.
The Official BBC Dr. Who Doctor Who Board Game is a fun game suitable for 8 years and above featuring all the different incarnations of the Doctor right up to 13th Doctor Jodie Whittaker.
The Doctor's cutest ever adversary is available as this quite adorable cuddly Plush Adipose Toy. Just the thing to curl up with when saving the universe (again) starts to get to you.
Last updated: 21st August 2023
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