Category Archives: DOCTOR WHO

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…

2008 Airfix catalogue UK

The 2008 UK Airfix catalogue features model-making kits for Doctor Who and Wallace and Gromit along with the typical military vehicles and soldiers the Airfix brand is famous for. The high-quality 97 page catalogue was aimed at the UK market and is packed with wonderful photographs. Below are a few sample scans.

Doctor Who. The cover features a cheeky appearance from the Tardis to make the first letter ‘i’ of ‘Airfix’.

Wallace and Gromit

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Thanks for looking!

 

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.

 

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.


Leela.

Leela


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.

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


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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.

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UK. DW Adventures. 2007.


 

Doctor Who comic covers from Marvel

These covers all feature the adventures of the 4th Doctor between 1981 and 1985. Artists are: Dave Gibbons, Gene Day, Walt Simonson and Earl Norem.


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Doctor Who Vol 1 N° 4 1985. Art by Dave Gibbons.


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Doctor Who Vol 1 N° 60 1981. Art by Earl Norem.


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Doctor Who Vol 1 N°59 1981. Art by Gene Day.


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Doctor Who Vol 1 N°13 1985. Art by Dave Gibbons.


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Doctor Who Vol 1 N°11 1985. Art by Dave Gibbons.


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Doctor Who. Vol 1 N°5 1985. Art by Dave Gibbons.


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Doctor Who Vol 1 N°60- 1981. Inside art by Walt Simonson.


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DOCTOR WHO 1970s and 1980s merchandise Adverts

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Since 1963 Doctor Who has been thrilling TV audiences with its adventures of the time travelling Time Lord and his companions. The show is produced by the BBC and originally aired from 1963 to 1989. 1996 saw a televison film but a failure to embark on a new series. Fast forward to 2005 when the series was finally relaunched with Christopher Eccleston taking the role of the (9th) Doctor. The series continues to run to date.

Here’s my collection of Who adverts featuring books, clothing, comics, toys and games and other DW goodies.


UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1980.


UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1984.


UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1979.


US. Starlog. 1985.

US. Starlog. 1985.

UK. Doctor Who The Tenth Season Files Magazine Spotlight. 1986.


UK. Spider-man. 1983.

UK. Spider-man. 1983.


UK. ROTJ.1984.

UK. ROTJ.1984.


US. Starlog. 1985.

US. Starlog. 1985.


US. Starlog. 1984.

US. Starlog. 1984.


UK. TESB Weekly. 1980.

UK. TESB Weekly. 1980.


UK. ROTJ. 1984.

UK. ROTJ. 1984.


US. Starlog. 1985.

US. Starlog. 1985.


UK. Star Wars Weekly N° 96. 1979.

UK. Star Wars Weekly N° 96. 1979.


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UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1979.


US. Star Wars. 1986.

US. Star Wars. 1986.


Artwork piece: The Doctor and his many foes - from Starlog 37, 1980.

The Doctor and his many foes – from Starlog 37, 1980.


updated Aug 2017 with new images.