The Doctor Who Quiz Book of Dinosaurs, 1982

Cover illustration by Geoff Hunt.

We promised you dinosaurs! And here are some – with added Doctor Who time travel stamp of approval!

Presenting, the Doctor Who Quiz Book of Dinosaurs, written by Michael Holt, published by Magnet Books, 1982.

This paperback was aimed at children, and took readers on a journey with the 5th Doctor and his companions – Nyssa and Tegan, as they travelled back and forth through time exploring prehistory. The reader is asked to solve puzzles and answer questions after each adventure is told, aided with black and white illustrations by Rowan Barnes-Murphy.

Big bad bird…

According to the Doctor, the terrifying creature pictured below is a kind of hybrid lizard-vulture-woodpecker called Archaeopteryx (say it ‘Arky-op-terricks).

It couldn’t yet fly, and instead ‘glided’ down from the tops of trees to capture its ground prey, whereupon it would “tear him to shreds with its razor-sharp toothed bill.” The creature was too heavy for flight due to having weak wing muscles and solid, heavy bones – as opposed to modern birds who have hollow bones. Its feathers were used as insulation to protect against the cold climate it inhabited.

TVTA theory: Dinosaurs became extinct not because of an asteroid or disease, but because the Archaeopteryx friggin’ ate them all!

Artisit impression of Archaeopteryx. Image: SPL/BBC.

Koringa, the crocodile-wrestling circus lady! 

In the book, according to Nyssa she once saw a video of a lady croc-wrestler called Koringa, who worked with Bertram Mills’ Circus. The Doctor disputes that Koringa wrestled with crocodiles as they are far too deadly, and rather that it was alligators she wrestled. There follows the theory on how Koringa managed to wrestle such a beast, then a quiz about the differences between alligators and crocodiles. Regarding Koringa, I checked – and she really existed; so Nyssa was right.

Rear cover:

Doctor Who bonus book advert:

Doctor Who Best Sellers. 1984.

That’s all for now…

Thank you for avoiding Archaeopteryx with us 🙂 

Doctor Who latest ads and the Dalek Supreme!

Vrooop! Vreep! Christmas is coming! And one of the many things the season always brings us is the Doctor Who Christmas special. Trailers for it can be seen here and here. TVTA gets into the festive mood with a selection of vintage Doctor Who ads, and a long overdue toy entry for the Dalek Supreme, from the 2010 Paradigm set released by Character Options.

Finally Daleks Strategist, Scientist, The Eternal, and Drone are no longer leaderless!

The Paradigm featured in the 2010 5th series episode Victory of the Daleks. Writer Mark Gatiss wanted the Daleks to be bigger than those previously seen, with bright colours inspired by the Peter Cushing Doctor Who movies of the 1960s. UK toy license holder Character Options released all five individually throughout 2010.

It’s worth pointing out another interesting Dalek design in the episode Victory of the Daleks, and that is the WWII ‘Ironsides’ employed by Winston Churchill. The Character Options release of this figure is one of my all time favourite Daleks.

And now, in vintage Doctor Who news…

The following ads just in…

US. Starlog. 1984.

UK. Doctor Who Weekly. 1980.

UK. Doctor Who Weekly. 1980.

UK. Starburst. 1989.

UK. Starburst. 1988.

UK. Starburst. 1987.

Thank you for hiding behind the sofa with us 🙂

Halloween countdown: 3

Question: When is the Doctor not the Doctor? Answer: When he’s a werelok!

Part 3 of 5. Introducing a selection of panels and the cover of Doctor Who Weekly, 7th May, 1980, Dogs of Doom by Pat Mills, John Wagner and Dave Gibbons.

1980 advert for the story The Dogs of Doom.

UK. TESB Weekly. 1980.

Thanks for time travelling with us! Look out for Halloween countdown number 2 coming soon…

Some modern Doctor Who adverts

I was supposed to start scanning pics for a retro video game post meant for later today, but became temporarily distracted by these modern Doctor Who adverts. Despite the young age of the ads, and as with many things Who, the subject matter is often rooted in the show’s past and the previous incarnations of the Tardis-dwelling Time Lord from Gallifrey.

I’m kicking off this post with an enchanting photo of one of my top-five favourite Doctors Jon pertwee as used for a 2013 Big Finish ad. 

UK. Doctor Who Magazine. 2013.

Next up is a rare treat photo session featuring five Doctors on the cover of Doctor Who Magazine!

Six Doctors, if you count the cheeky appearance of Matt Smith in the top right corner  🙂

UK. Doctor Who Magazine. 2013.

UK. Doctor Who Magazine. 2013.

UK. SFX Magazine. 2015.

UK. Doctor Who Magazine. 2013.

UK. Doctor Who Magazine. 2013.

UK. SFX Magazine. 2013.

UK. SFX Magazine. 2015.

Character Options Doctor Who. Tomart’s Action Figure Digest N°143. 2006. US.

Airfix 2008 catalogue

Corgi toys, 2004

Thanks for looking 🙂

Never mind the adverts… here are the toys (Pt2)

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Various Character Options. Spot the Dapol and Corgi Davros.

Welcome to our second post showcasing the toys rather than our usual toy adverts. It’s a bit belated (two years actually – told you editors rarely come back from a journey to the archives!) so enjoy while you can  🙂  You can see Pt1 here

Part two looks at the UK Character Options line of Doctor Who toys circa 2006 to present, along with its North American counterpart line Underground Toys. Special thanks to TVTA’s good friend Jay in the UK, who has helped to keep a steady flow of Doctor Who goodies coming this side of the Channel where the toys are scarce.

I’ll begin with the fourth Doctor’s companion, Sevateem tribeswoman Leela played by actress Louise Jameson in the TV series – one of my favourite companions and given great justice here with this action figure from Underground Toys.



River and Leela.

River Song and Leela

Seventh Doctor with Dalek (from Remembrance of the Daleks)

Seventh Doctor with ‘Renegade’ Dalek (from Remembrance of the Daleks) by Character Options

Dalek, Ace and the seventh Doctor (from Remembrance of the Daleks).

Renegade Dalek, Ace and the seventh Doctor (from Remembrance of the Daleks)


Ace (from Remembrance of the Daleks)

Radio Controlled Davros. Corgi Bessie/Tardis/K9. Radio Controlled Dalek Battle Pack. Flight Control Tardis.

Radio Controlled Davros. Corgi Bessie/Tardis/K9. Radio Controlled Dalek Battle Pack. Flight Control Tardis

Dalek Strategist and The Ark in Space DVD

Dalek Strategist and The Ark in Space DVD

Dalek Scientist.

Dalek Scientist

The Master

The Master from ‘The Deadly Assassin’

The Pyramids of Mars Mummy Robot and 'Mars Collectors' Set'.

The Pyramids of Mars ‘Mummy Robot’ and ‘Mars Collectors’ Set’

Pyramids of Mars.

Pyramids of Mars

Tenth Doctor, Werewolf, Witch and Cyberman

Tenth Doctor, Werewolf, Lilith and Cyberman





Eigth Doctor

Eighth Doctor

Twelfth Doctor

Twelfth Doctor

Eleventh Doctor

Eleventh Doctor with Tardis

First wave and Series 1 MOC

First wave and Series 1 MOC

Daleks, Davroses and an Ewok

Daleks, x2 Davros and, erm, an Ewok…

Moxx and a Gelth Zombie

Moxx and a Gelth Zombie

3.75 inch series Cyberman and Dalek

3.75 inch series Cyberman and Dalek

… and to conclude this post, here is a 2007 UK advert showing the Judoon Trooper sound FX helmet and series 3 action figures from Character Options. Thanks for looking.

UK Doctor Who Adventures 43 2007 Character Options figs DW

UK. DW Adventures. 2007.