New Doctor Who toys: Retro Dalek and Post-Regeneration 5th Doctor

Just announced for exclusive release from Forbidden Planet are these two amazing Doctor Who action figures.

(announcement via TardisNewsroom)

When I first learned of a line of 5 inch tall toys based on the long-running series, I was somewhat baffled. Incredibly detailed and articulated, they were impressive, but as the characters on screen did little else but talk and run down corridors, wasn’t an ‘action figure’ a bit of an odd thing to make of William Hartnell and the other actors who played the part of the time traveling man of mystery?

Of course now I own them all… so… yeah.

As testament to the enduring legacy of the TV program, these action figures by Character Options and Bif Bang Pow! are as much an important part of the Doctor Who mythos as the Target novelizations and the radio dramas. Not only are they replications of the characters as they appeared on screen, they capture iconic moments such as the regeneration of Tom Baker into Peter Davison in Logopolis and Castrovalva. A figure of Davison in the full coat has already been released, but this version is the new Doctor sans coat in shirt sleeves (a kit-bash of the recently released Keeper of Traken 4th Doctor with a retooled Davison head).

I do like that in addition to the Master’s TARDIS, they have included a shrunken Logopolitan.

This marks the seventh version of the 5th Doctor in toy form by Character Options… and yet we still do not have a decent figure of the Anthony Ainley Master (the released figure features a breathtakingly accurate sculpt of Ainley’s plugged onto a John Simm body).

Ah well… he’s surely on the way.

Doctor Who Action Figure Collectors Set: 5th Doctor Castrovalva

The newly regenerated Fifth Doctor escapes with his companions back to the TARDIS. Suffering from post-regeneration trauma, he only narrowly manages to save the ship from destruction as it plunges back to Event One, the hydrogen in-rush that preceded the creation of the universe.

He then seeks sanctuary in the peaceful domain of Castrovalva, only to discover that it is an illusory, dimensionally paradoxical trap set for him by the Master with the unwilling aid of a kidnapped Adric. The Doctor eventually wins the day by enlisting the help of the Castrovalvan people who, although also part of the Master’s creation, are nevertheless able to exercise free will.

The Master’s TARDIS
Whilst on the planet Traken the Fourth Doctor discovers that the Master, his long time nemesis, is trying to take control of a complex Traken bio-electronic power known as ‘The Source’. The Source would allow the Master unparalleled power, and the ability to regenerate his dying body. When the Master’s TARDIS is destroyed by the power feedback of The Source it is revealed he has another and thus he escapes to encounter the Doctor again. Their next encounter finds the Master’s TARDIS, with its fully functional Chameleon Circuit, disguised first as a Police Box and latterly on the planet Logopolis, as a sandstone Doric column. The Master’s TARDIS stayed in this favoured form during several encounters with the Fifth Doctor, before changing once again.

1 x Post-regeneration Fifth Doctor action figure.
1 x Shrunken figure accessory.
1 x Master’s TARDIS as a Stone Column.

(click to pre-order in the UK)

I’m not a big fan of the Bif Bang Pow Master, Doctor and Sontaran figures, but this Dalek looks really great. The attention to detail is impressive and the larger scale is very attractive to me as well.

Doctor Who Retro Action Figures: Dalek

Daddy, where do Daleks come from?

Grounded in the “Genesis of the Daleks” serial of Doctor Who that marked the first appearance of Davros, the creator of these evil mutant cyborgs, this extraordinary Dalek Action Figure stands approximately 7″ tall. It features wheels and “neck” articulation, along with Bif Bang Pow!’s famed retro styling that takes one back to the bestselling figures from the 1970s and 1980s. Order yours now… or face extermination!

Produced by the BBC, Doctor Who is the longest-running sci-fi TV series in the world. The award-winning show presents the adventures of a time traveler known simply as “the Doctor.” Along with his companions, this mysterious Time Lord journeys through time and space using his TARDIS, which appears from the outside to be an ordinary police phone booth.

(click to pre-order in the UK)


15 thoughts on “New Doctor Who toys: Retro Dalek and Post-Regeneration 5th Doctor

  1. There’s that… but it was always awesomely silly how those dead compressed victims looked so cute as dolls. I can’t believe we haven’t gotten this sooner!


    • I thought it was hilarious how the program had initially depicted shrunken victims by placing an actor in a ‘big room’ which looked bizarre and later said ‘sod that, just get a Ken doll.’ The fact that this became shorthand for finding a ‘dead body’ was funny enough as it was obviously a dolly. But referring to it as ‘The Master’s calling card’ is downright absurd! But it kind of fits in with the weirdness of the Master. The man dresses all in black, chuckles to himself constantly, threatens others with what appears to be a ‘personal massager’ and leaves cute dolls wherever he has been.

      That jackanapes!


  2. Well, consider the bizarre sight of Tegan’s Aunt and the Policeman as a cliffhanger in Logopolis and the expression on the Doctor’s face – High Camp! What about Planet of Fire? The Master has – somehow – shrunk himself and is giving orders from a little room, he’s not only a nyah-ha-haing nutcase, he’s a danger to himself as well!
    Hey, at least you know when the Master’s been round to call, he leaves his “calling card” – a shrunken corpse, he’s a thoughtful maniac!


    • And you know… they never did explain why the matter compressor kills everyone else, but just made the Master small without killing him.

      I’m not sure they ever explained how he returned to normal size again either.

      Or… wait for it…Yeah, you know where I’m about to go don’t you?


      The Master invented the Teseract… he was small, and needed a life-size duplicate of himself to drive around so people wouldn’t know he was small… so every time we saw the master after that, it was really the tiny Master inside of a larger robot duplicate Master 🙂


  3. No, not the *Tes*electa! (a reference to Paul Jerricho’s “No, not the *MIND* Probe” in The Five Doctors there, fact fans). Fah, I’d forgotten about that crap. Now that you’ve reminded me, SJV, I’m afraid I’m going to have to find you and whack you over the head with one, and it may be a teselecta in the shape of the Ainley-Master, too! Ah, violence.
    They never explained how the Master escaped being burned to death in Planet of Fire, either. Then there’s the Simm-Master who was utterly, inexplicably crap – even though they tried to explain everything by blaming it on those naughty Time Lords (later led by James Bond) and the “sound of drums”. Mysterious ;).


    • Yeah, nothing like completely ruing the Master by vindicating his actions. ‘He’s not evil, he was drawn to do bad things by bad drum beats.’

      NO, Russell T Davies. *HE IS EVIL*


  4. The Master owes his origins to Jessica Rabbit then… he’s not bad, he’s just drawn that way 🙂

    I agree they didn’t explain how he escaped Planet of Fire… but at least he was still Skeletor before taking over Ainley’s body.

    I still would like a multi-master story… Maybe they could do Simm, Jacobi, Roberts, Skeletor, and a mini-Ainley via CGI…


  5. Yes, Cop Out Central. So Rusty, the sound of drums caused the Master to *beat his wife* and – in your version – really get off on killing and even *eating* people? Um, okaaay, there’s nothing wrong with *that idea* at all is there?! Just Awful.
    By the way Jameson, your description of the Master as “EVIL!” reminded me of the decrepit Keeper of Traken having a fit and hilariously moaning on about “EEEVIIILL!” when in the presence of the Melkur-Master, which of course led the dull-witted Trakens to think he was referring to the Doctor. Thanks for that Keeper, you Silly Old Idiot!
    Good Doctor Who News – David Warner will be in the new season. Excellent.


  6. SJV, Skeletor! Would that make the Rani Evil-Lyn? A multi-Master story? Well, it’s a real pity that the original and best Master, Roger Delgado, died so young he would wipe the floor with all of them except for Derek Jacobi and Peter Pratt (though the great Sir Derek’s Master was a little *too* convincingly *evil* to be enjoyable). Pratt’s boggle-eyed, skull-faced, rot-bodied looney was really memorable. Still, I have time for all the Masters except for RTD/Simm version who stanketh up the place.
    Talking of unanswered questions, how did Davros recover from spraying “white wee-wee” everywhere in Resurrection of the Daleks and what happened those useless Discobots the Movellans and their virus? Questions, questions, I need answers!


  7. And just to drive the Teselecta firmly into the ground…

    Where the plot goes whooshing down the drain!

    (sing to the tune of Oklahoma)…



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