It’s difficult to explain to a fan of the modern program who is unfamiliar with the classic series the kind of impact that the Davison era had on my generation. After years of only seeing Tom Baker, the opening credits, logo and face of Doctor Who radically changed. The youngest actor at the time to play the role, Peter Davison took Doctor Who into the 1980’s, a decade that saw the program expand its fanbase into America.
Davison’s final adventure, the Caves of Androzani, is regarded as a modern classic for many reasons so perhaps it should come as no surprise that there are so many collectibles associated with it (the first Regeneration figure of Colin Baker was based on this story as well). Just announced are two lovely items for your shelves…
The Fifth Doctor and Peri arrive on Androzani Minor, the source of a life-prolonging drug called spectrox. Production of the drug is controlled by Sharaz Jek, a facially deformed madman in self imposed exile, who blames Morgus, a powerful industrialist on Androzani Major, for all his misfortunes. Jek is fighting Morgus’ troops on a daily basis using his android army.
Jek’s android weapons are supplied by gun-runners employed by Morgus, who then receives payment in refined spectrox. But, Jek becomes infatuated with Peri and saves her and the Doctor from execution by Morgus’ troops only to hold them prisoner himself. They escape Jek but contract spectrox toxaemia, a fatal condition with only one antidote – milk from a giant queen bat.
In a climactic battle, Morgus, Jek and all the soldiers are killed. The Doctor now dying, carries Peri back to the TARDIS, where he gives her the antidote. She recovers, but the Doctor has to regenerate to save his own life.
Peri in Blouse
Sharaz Jek with Alternate head
Android Head Accessory
Expected on Friday 09 December, 2011.
Doctor Who – Masterpiece Collection Maxi Bust – 5th Doctor
Peter Davison was the fifth actor to portray the Doctor on the BBC’s long-running science-fiction series Doctor Who. Dressed in an off-white Edwardian cricketeer’s outfit, the fifth Doctor was brash and impatient, an old man in a young man’s body. This stunning three-quarter length, 8″ tall maxi-bust brings to life the Time Lord.
Expected on Wednesday 25 April, 2012.
Thanks to TardisNewsroom for the tip!